Pointed gourds aka potols are actually incredibly healthy and nutritious, and if you have been looking for ways to get more of them on your plate, this easy Doi potol with air fried potol recipe is just what you’re looking for.
The recipe is incredibly simple, and super versatile too. Scroll down and read on to get a quick gist of all you need to know about making it the right way.
Ingredients For the Recipe
You’ll need three sets of ingredients to make the Doi potol with air fried potol.
For the air fried pointed gourds
- Oil: 1 tsp
- Pointed gourds: 7-8
- Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
- Salt: ½ tsp
For the onion paste
- Onion: 1 medium sized
- Green chilies: 2
- Ginger: 1 inch
- Garlic: 4-5 cloves
For the curd based curry
- Mustard oil: 1 tbsp
- Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
- Mustard seeds: ½ tsp
- Cinnamon stick: 1 inch
- Cloves: 2-3
- Green cardamom: 2
- Star anise: 1
- Bay leaf: 1
- Prepared onion paste
- Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
- Red chili powder: 2 tsp
- Coriander powder: 1 tsp
- Cumin powder: 1 tsp
- Salt: 2 teaspoon or as per taste
- Curd: ¾ cup
- Prepared air fried pointed gourds
How to Make the Doi Potol with Air Fried Potol
Once you have all your ingredients ready, here’s what you need to do to assemble the dish.
Pre-heat the air fryer at 400°F for 5 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients for the air fried pointed gourds and mix well. Coat the pointed gourds properly with the powdered spices.
Transfer the coated pointed gourds into the air fryer.
Air fry the pointed gourds at 350°F for 10-12 minutes or until they are perfectly cooked.
In the meantime, prepare the onion paste by blending the ingredients. Keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them splutter.
Next, add in the other whole spices. Saute for 30 seconds.
Add the onion paste next. Saute for 2 minutes.
Add in the powdered spices next, except the salt, and mix well.
Add the curd and keep sauteing for a few minutes until it thickens.
Add the air fried pointed gourds to the curry and mix well.
Add in the salt and give it a good mix.
Serve hot with rice, chapati, or any carb of your choice.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can! The air fried potol can be prepared up to 2 days in advance, transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated. You can also prepare the onion paste and the curry base (minus the yogurt) for up to 3 days in advance, and then put everything together when you want to enjoy the dish.
The classic version of this recipe calls for the use of pointed gourds only as the star ingredient, but if you want to give it your twist or add in some more veggies, you could totally do that too.
Chopped potatoes are a classic that you can never go wrong with, but why just stop there? You can also throw in some diced carrots, bell peppers or even chopped greens like spinach and kale to bump up the nutritional value of the curry.
Just like most other Indian curries, the Doi potol with air fried potol can be stored for up to 3 days when refrigerated properly. Make sure you reheat it in the microwave after adding a little water into it to lend it some moisture.
If you’re planning to reheat the curry over the stovetop, do it at low to medium heat, and avoid stirring constantly to help the gourds maintain their shape.
Tips & Tricks to Make the Doi Potol with Air Fried Potol
Making the Doi potol is super easy, but having these little tips and tricks handy can help you nail the flavors and textures much easily.
- The mustard oil adds a nice depth of flavor to the dish. That said, if you don’t have it, you could use pretty much any other cooking oil of your choice instead.
- If you want to try a version of this recipe without your Air Fryer, you can just pan fry the pointed gourd until they are tender, and then use them as you would.
- Make sure you use good quality, high fat whisked yogurt for this recipe. This will make the curry more flavorful and delicious. Homeset curd is the best option, but you can of course, use store bought versions instead too, if you don’t have the homeset version.
- To balance out the tanginess of the curry, you can also add a pinch or two of sugar into it.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
The delicious and flavorful Doi potol with air fried potol tastes amazing when paired with some super soft rotis or steamed rice, just like any other classic Indian curry. To take things up a notch, you can also serve it with some salad on the side.
And if you enjoyed making and relishing this curry, and are looking for some more fun and delicious Indian recipes to try your hands at, here are a few good ones you might want to take a look at.
Doi Potol with Air Fried Potol
Ingredients For the air fried Pointed gourds
- 1 teaspoon Oil
- 8 pcs Pointed Gourds
- ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
Ingredients For the onion paste
- 1 pc Medium Sized Onion
- 2 pcs Green Chilies
- 1 pc Ginger
- 5 cloves Garlic
Ingredients For the curd based curry
- 1 tablespoon Mustard oil
- 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
- 1 pc Cinnamon stick
- 3 pcs Cloves
- 2 pcs Green cardamom
- 1 pc Star anise
- 1 pc Bay leaf
- 1 bowl Prepared onion paste
- ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 2 teaspoon Red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon Cumin powder
- 2 teaspoon Salt
- ¾ cup Curd
- 1 bowl Prepared air fried pointed gourds
- Pre-heat the air fryer at 400°F for 5 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients for the air fried pointed gourds and mix well. Coat the pointed gourds properly with the powdered spices.
- Transfer the coated pointed gourds into the air fryer.
- Air fry the pointed gourds at 350°F for 10-12 minutes or until they are perfectly cooked.
- In the meantime, prepare the onion paste by blending the ingredients. Keep it aside.
- Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them splutter.
- Next, add in the other whole spices. Saute for 30 seconds.
- Add the onion paste next. Saute for 2 minutes.
- Add in the powdered spices next, except the salt, and mix well.
- Add the curd and keep sauting for a few minutes until it thickens.
- Add the air fried pointed gourds to the curry and mix well.
- Add in the salt and give it a good mix.
- Serve hot with rice, chapati, or any carb of your choice.