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Stuffed bottle guard

This recipe is inspired from two of my favourite recipes. Stuffed capsicum/ stuffed tomatoes and lauki (Bottle guard) and chana dal ki sabzi. So I tried stuffing gram and chickpeas in bottle guard. :) Here is the result...

Servings: 2 people


Chickpeas - 1 tbsp (Soaked overnight)
Chana(gram) - 1 tbsp (Soaked overnight)
bottle guard - half(approx)
potato - 1 
tomato - 1
onion - 1
ginger - 1 inch
green chillies - 3-4
red chilli powder - 1 tsp
roasted cumin seeds powder - 1 tsp
roasted coriander powder - 1 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
onion seeds - 1/4 tsp
cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
coriander seeds - 1/4 tsp
black sesame seeds - 1/4 tsp
oil - 1 tbsp
salt - to taste


  • Add chickpeas, chana and peeled potato is a pressure cooker. Let it cook for 4-5 whistles on low flame.
  • Mash potatoes, chickpeas and chana.
  • In a pan, heat about 1 tsp oil. Once it is hot add onion seeds, cumin seeds(1/4 tsp), mustard seeds, sesame seeds, coriander seeds.
  •  Add mashed potatoes, chana and chickpeas in the pan.
  • Add salt, red chilli powder and roasted cumin seeds powder. Mix them well.
  • Stuffing is ready. Let it cool for some time.
  • Put roughly chopped onion, tomato, ginger,  2 green chillies in a blender. Blend it into a smooth paste. It will be used for cooking bottle guards.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add remaining cumin seeds, slit green chillies then add this paste.
  • Add turmeric powder, roasted coriander powder and red chilli powder. 
  • Mix them well and place the lid. Let it cook on low flame for about 2-3 mins.
  • Peel and cut bottle guard in about 2 - 2.5 inches long sections.
  • Hollow it by removing the centre soft part of it. It will become like a cylinder. 
  • Fill the stuffing in bottle guards. put them in the pan.
  • Add very little water, approx one tbsp and place the lid. Make sure that flame is low. It will take about 15 minutes. You will have to open and check it in every 1-2 mins. If you feel that water is less then add 1 tbsp water. Don't add more water at a time.
  • Stuffed bottle guard is ready! Serve it with Parantha or chapati. 


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