Coconut Crusted Bottle Gourd Strips with Chili Sauce


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One of my friend gave me this vegetable from his garden and I am trying to figure out the exact name of this vegetable.  After reading online and looking at google images, I am pretty sure this one is the same as bottle gourd.  The biggest challenge for me is to carry it from my car to my house – the reason, it was almost 4.5 feet long.

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz piece bottle gourd
  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup Panko Japanese bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • A little butter or cooking spray

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Method:

  • Pre heat oven to 450F.
  • Split bottle gourd lengthwise and remove the seeds and the middle soft flesh
  • Cut each half into about 4-6 strips
  • Mix bread crumbs, coconut, and salt together in a shallow dish or plate
  • Lightly beat egg and milk
  • Dip bottle gourd pieces in egg mixture and roll over the bread crumb
  • Place strips on a lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake at 400F for about 25 -30 minutes or bread crumbs are lightly browned
  • Serve immediately warm  with hot chili sauce. or hummus
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