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Aloo Parval: Potato Pointed Gourd Curry

14 May

If we look hard enough, we will find parval (pointed gourd) in South India but it just isn’t the same. The skin is too thick, the insides yellow. Not like the beautiful green ellipsoids we get back in Bihar. During this visit to Patna, I brought back a packet of fresh parval, determined to make aloo parval. I was surprised at my own excitement to be cooking this vegetable – as far as I can recall, parval never made it to my "favorite veggies" list and yet, here I was, giddy with happiness at the thought of eating parval from Bihar. There is something to be said for deprivation.