Papa’s Stir Fried Angled Loofah Recipe

Angled loofah (petola) is a variation of loofah family. The fruit looks like a baseball bat with angled ridges that must be peeled to remove the sharp ridges before cooking. This fruit has loads of health benefits and is delicious to eat. Here, I am sharing my dad’s real simple and quick recipe below.
  • 1 angled loofah
  • 1 onion (roughly sliced)
  • 2 or 3 ginger slices (thinly sliced)
  • 1 small carrot (thinly sliced)
  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • fish sauce (about 1-2 teaspoons to taste)
Step By Step:
  1. Wash angled loofah and peel the skin especially the hard ridges using a fruit peeler or a paring knife.
  2. Cut the angled loofah into angled pieces.
  3. Heat large wok or cast iron skillet over high heat, add the angled loofah (just the loofah, no oil). Stir fry till the pieces are partly cooked, then put aside on a plate. This is to reduce the water content and prevent this dish to be soggy.
  4. Reheat the large wok or cast iron skillet over high heat, then add oil once wok is hot. The oil is ready when smoke starts to rise. Add the chopped garlic and ginger slices and stir fry to quickly brown it.
  5. Add the pre-cooked angled loofah back into the large wok or cast iron skillet along with carrot, onion and seasoning. Keep stirring until the loofah is cooked, notice the bright green color on the outside and the inside turns somewhat translucent.
  6. Crack an egg into the vegetables and switch off the fire. Mix well before scooping out and fill the plate.