This dish brings a lot of fond memories back home. I enjoy eating this since I was a child. It is very comforting and easy to make. Nowadays for health reasons – i use ground lean turkey or chicken and lately I have been using plant based meat to cook this hearty dish. If you cannot find “gourd” or “loofah” or patola in your area – you can substitute it with zuchinni or cucumber. The taste is the same just don’t over cook it. Enjoy..