Stuffed Parwal Gravy (no-Onion-no-Garlic)


Festive time is going to started. And in Indian subcontinent, festival time means particularly there is no use of onion, garlic in the dishes. No non-vegetarian dishes are allowed to enter the houses. There are numerous festivals in India and accordingly many mouth-watering and jaw-dropping sweets and meals are also there. Special dishes are prepared and also offered to the respective God(s) and particularly seasons play a very important role in the celebrations of different festivals. Starting from snacks, dessert, main course everything is prepared keeping all these things in mind.

Well, the Healthy Wellthy Cuisines group has come up with the 72th theme as “Festive Curries at HW” and is suggested bySwaty Mallick. She is a mom to two beautiful kids and also did her diploma in Baking as well as Patisserie. Her blog is a mix kind of recipe collections, so do visit her space. Coming back to the current theme, she suggested to make some festive curries which will perfectly fit during festive days as those days are coming soon in India. So keeping that on mind, here I am going to share a curry using the vegetable pointed gourd / parwal / potala as Stuffed Parwal Gravy.

All are most familiar with the Parwal ki Mithai from Bihari cuisine. But today’s post is with a fusion to this parwal dish. Instead of a sweet dish, I have prepared a gravy using some parwal stuffed with a chenna mixture. This is a no-onion-no-garlic side dish and even completely gluten free

This curry is perfectly served along with some steamed rice or roti or paratha, poori as well. If desired, some grated potatoes can be also added to the stuffing along with chhena. The chhena I always prefer to use the homemade ones. Do try this curry as the season of parwal is on.

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Curry, Festive curry, Parwal, Gravy, Side dish, Gluten free, Pointed gourd, Stuffed Parwal, no onion no garlic

Curry, Festive curry, Gluten free, Pointed gourd, no onion no garlic,



Stuffed Parwal Gravy

a no-onion-no-garlic curry using stuffed pointed gourd / parwal / potala with some chhena mixture

prep time: 30 Mcook time: 50 Mtotal time: 80 M


  • Pointed gourd (Parwal) 10 no.
  • Bay leaf 1 no.
  • Cinnamon Stick 1 inch
  • Cardamom pod 2 no.
  • Cloves 2 no.
  • Cumin seed 1/4 tsp
  • Tomato 2 no.
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder 1/4 tsp
  • Cashew nuts 15-16 no.
  • Salt as needed
  • Oil 4 tbsp


  • Chenna 1 cup
  • Pepper powder 1 tsp
  • Green Chili 2 no.
  • Salt as needed

Masala Paste

  • Ginger 1/2 inch
  • Green Chilies 2 no
  • Fresh coconut (grated) 1/4 cup
  • Poppy seeds 2 tsp


How to cook Stuffed Parwal Gravy

  1. First soak cashews in enough water for 15 minutes.
  2. Wash and clean the parwal first. Using a knife, scrape out the rough skin of the parwal.
  3. Cut off both the ends of the pointed gourd and then cut into halves horizontally.
  4. Using a small spoon take out all the seeds from the parwals and put in a mixing bowl.
  5. Add a pinch of salt, mix everything and keep aside.
  6. In a blender jar take chopped ginger, chopped green chilies, grated coconut and poppy seeds.
  7. Using a little amount of water, make a smooth paste and keep aside.
  8. Again make a fine paste of chopped tomato and soaked cashews and keep aside.
  9. Now in a pan, heat 1-2 tbsp of oil and shallow fry the parwals over medium heat till golden brown.
  10. Take out from the pan and allow to cool down completely.
  11. In another mixing bowl, take chenna and mashed it thoroughly.
  12. Add in pepper powder, finely chopped green chilies, salt and mix everything well.
  13. Stuff this chenna mixture into each fried parwal gently, keeping in mind not to break the parwal. Keep aside.
  14. Again turn on heat and add 2 tbsp oil into the pan.
  15. Add cumin seed, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves and saute over medium heat.
  16. Once the nice aroma of garam masalas comes, put the coconut paste.
  17. Saute for 4-5 minutes or until the raw smell of the paste disappears.
  18. Next add tomato-cashew paste, chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and keep sauteing till oil gets separated from masala.
  19. Add water and boil the gravy for 3-4 minutes.
  20. Put all the stuffed parwal into the gravy and gently stir a bit.
  21. Now cover the pan and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until desired consistency reaches.
  22. Turn off heat and serve hot with steamed rice or roti !


If desired, some grated potatoes can be also added to the stuffing along with chhena.
The chhena I always prefer to use the homemade ones. Store bought ones can be used as well.
The stuffing should be thick otherwise that can be leaked in the gravy.

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  1. Swati

    It's been ages since I had parwal curry.. this looks so delectable Sasmita.. so rich in flavors and perfect for occasions where we abstain from having onions and garlic in food!! Thanks for the lovely mention!!

  2. Vanitha

    Parwal in a gourmet curry; I have never tried this so far and your version is making me so tempted to rustle this up in my kitchen dear!! No onion, no garlic version is the best! Awesome dear <3

  3. Narmadha

    It looks so tempting and delicious. So rich and 2 gravy with cashews and coconut. Beautiful capture.

  4. Indfused

    Love this stuffed parwal recipe! The deep, rich color of your gravy speaks of how yummy this dish must be. Fabulous share!

  5. Motions and Emotions
    Motions and Emotions

    You have given a new dimension to a regular parwal curry….love this savory version stuffed parwal

  6. Archana

    Delicious and definitely will go for seconds n thirds. Love the curry bookmarking

  7. My Culinary Journey
    My Culinary Journey

    A no onion no garlic parwal curry sounds so delicious. Though it's not a loved vegetable by us, you have made it so yummy looking.

  8. Mayuri Patel

    Stuffed parwal looks so creamy and delicious. I guess with parwals flooding the market right now, its the best time to try out this recipe.

  9. Lathiya

    The stuffed parwal gravy looks lip smacking. You have presented in gorgeous way. AM sure it tastes heavenly.

  10. jayashree

    The stuffed parwal looks so delicious, some of the veggies we hardly bring at home and this is one. Now, I need to make it.

  11. cookingwithsapana

    Never thought of stuffing parwal with something else except spice powders. This is a wonderful idea and quite interesting recipe.

  12. Unknown

    Stuffing looks so exotic, I feel like just getting some rotis and coming over.

  13. Praneetha

    Every time I see parwal at the Indian stores, I end up thinking what can I cook with these and end up not buying at all. This recipe could definitely be my first try with parwal. The stuffing makes it more interesting and healthier.

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