Lauki ki Sabji


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Lauki does not get cooked often in our house. This vegetable along with zucchini has been deemed as having sweet taste when cooked by DH and so they get ignored. Hence they do not find a good place in our kitchen. However recently one of my colleague had brought this curry for lunch and I took a liking to it. I noted down the recipe and made it when DH was away for the day.  It is a simple curry that gets done in no time and forms a good accompaniment with either rice or rotis.

Lauki (Hindi) is known as Bottle Gourd in English. The cooked vegetable is cooling, diuretic, sedative and anti bilious. It gives a feeling of relaxation after eating it. However, bottle gourd should not be eaten in a raw state as it may prove harmful for stomach and intestines (Source)

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  • 1 large lauki/bottle gourd (peeled and chopped into cubes)
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1-2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp urad daal
  • Mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Cumin seeds/jeera
  • Oil
  • Salt to taste

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  • Take a heavy bottom pan and heat about 2 tsp of oil. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  • Add the curry leaves and jeera/cumin seeds, urad daal and mix until it turns light brown.
  • Add the diced onions and sauté until it turns transparent.
  • Add the chopped lauki, salt, turmeric, and red chilli powder and mix well. Add about 1/2 cup of water and stir again.
  • Cover with lid and let it cook on simmer, stir in between.
  • Switch off when the lauki is cooked, finally add chopped coriander for garnish and stir.
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  1. prathibha says:

    Lauki is a big no no veggie at our place too as hubby does not like it…I try to include it in the form which he cant make out that there is lauki in it…the simple sabzi wid lauki looks yumm

  2. Chhaya says:

    Nice recipe…I make lauki subzi very similarly …another thing to note is that lauki can be safely consumed by postpartum moms since it doesnt cause any ill effects in the digestive system…its also supposed to help with milk production 🙂

  3. cookspot says:

    Hi RC,

    Same here too i dont bring lauki at home but now i hv to since its a rich veggie i need to give to my lil one..this subji luks yum will try 🙂

    Happy new yr to u and your family

  4. PJ says:

    Same pinch,my folks too are not very fond of lauki and zucchini!This curry looks so yum..

    And wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year 🙂

  5. BongMom says:

    Lauki is a summer vegetable for us. It is supposed to have a cooling effect so we eat a lot of it in Summer. This sabzi looks very nice.

    Happy New Year to you and your lovely family RC

  6. Soma says:

    DD1 & me like lauki and no one else eats it 🙂

    Happy new year to all of you Supriya. I hope we get to meet next year 🙂

    Love and hugs

  7. Anshu Paul says:

    First time into your blog…
    Wow!!! a different style of cooking Lauki…I also dont like Lauki ki sabzi that much so I always end up making Koftas :))
    Will sure give this a try…

  8. Zoya says:

    This looks delicious, tired of cooking the same old lauki everyday..could you clarify what type of urad dal did you use; white or black? Thanks.

  9. Akshay says:

    I love this veggie as its very nutritious and also helps in weight loss. I’ve even made this with Capsicum (green peppers) & tomatoes as it reduces the sweetness a bit and makes it look so colorful and yummy. I can share the recipe via email if anyone wants it.

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