This vegetable takes me back to the initial days in Bangalore. There are so many things which varies from place to and one among them is the names of vegeatbles. Kumbala kaayi (ash gourd, winter melon, boodu kumbalakaayi) i dont no how many this vegetables has. In my home town its just "Kumbalakaayi" and its very much a homegrown vegetable.
Apart from curries, majjige huli, bolu saaru, tender ash gourd can be be used for juice with jaggery to reduce the cholestrol. The very famous sweet which is prepared in south is the fudge/halwa
So here is a simple recipe for this. I made this in microwave.