This wonderful veggie I discovered when I started to live in India. We don't have this kind of vegetable in the Philippines so I am not aware of it. My mother in law used to like this kind of vegetable and when she prepared it and let me tasted it, I somewhat like it because it tasted like fried eggplant but it was more than that since it is not soft and mushy and it was not itchy to the tongue just like any other eggplant that we used to cook.
Potol or Patol is Pointed Gourd in English. It is a vegetable which is available in India whole year round and I really like the taste of it when it was fried. It has seeds in it that determines its age. The thicker the seed the older the pointed gourd is but you can still munch that seeds if you want to eat it. Preparing this vegetable is so easy because you can fry it or you can put it along with other vegetables for curry.
If you want to prepare this veggie, just cut the tips at both ends and slice it in half vertically. Once you slice it marinate it for 15 to 20 minutes using salt, red chilly powder and turmeric powder. After that you just need to fry it for about 2-3 minutes as long as your oil is preheat.