Teasel Gourd/Spiny Gourd/ Kantola is a relatively rare vegetable that we get only in the monsoon months of July-August. We call this "Phagil" in Konkani. This is called Kantola in Hindi, Adavihagalakai in Kannada, Kakrol in Bengali, Adavikakarakaya in Telugu and Kattupavakai in Tamil.
This is a vegetable that many of us crave for this time of the year. It has various health benefits being rich in protein and iron and low in calories.We make different kinds of dishes using phagil. Elsewhere in this blog you will find recipes for :-
This is usually served as an accompaniment with the main meal of rice and dal.
- Phagil (Teasel Gourd) , 4 to 5 or about 250 gms
- Turmeric Powder, 1/8 tsp
- Coconut Gratings, 1 cup
- Roasted Byadgi Red Chillies, 4
- Tamarind, a small marble-sized ball
- Coriander Seeds, 1 tsp
- Urad Dal, 1 tsp
- Salt, to taste
- Coconut Oil, 1 tsp
- Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
- Curry Leaves, a sprig
- Coconut Oil, 2 tsp