Bottle gourd or lauki has always been the most popular vegetable in every household. While the vegetable is consumed regularly, it always helps to retain the water content in the body. Since it’s a rich a source of potassium and calcium, the vegetable helps for losing weight and reduce the blood pressure.
So, let’s have a look at the different lauki recipes you could prepare for your loved ones.
Some Popular and Easy to Cook Lauki Recipes
Lauki Sabzi Recipe
Lauki ki sabzi is nothing but a veg curry which is preferably eaten with rice or rotis. For enhancing the taste, individuals may add chana dal to the recipe.
For preparing the dish, you need a list of ingredients as mentioned below.
- Two tablespoons of oil
- One spoon of cumin seeds
- One medium sized onion, finely chopped
- Two chopped chilies
- Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder
- One teaspoon of coriander powder
- Some asafetida
- One inch of ginger, finely chopped
- Three cups of chopped lauki
- A cup of water
- Two spoons of powder prepared from coriander leaves
Once the ingredients are mixed thoroughly, you need at least 15 minutes to cook the sabzi.
Step 1: Initially, you must heat oil in a two liter pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds.
Step 2: Soon after you hear a crackling sound, you have to add the chopped onions.
Step 3: Later, you need to sauté the onions till they turn slightly brown.
Step 4: Now, you need to add chopped ginger and chopped chilies.
Step 5: After adding a cup of tomatoes, you should continue to sauté till the tomatoes become soft. In the meantime, you should cut the lauki and keep it aside in a bowl.
Step 6: Once you observe tomato pulp, you should then add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder if required.
Step 7: After frying it for some time, you have to add the vegetable and sauté for at least a minute.
Step 8: Moving ahead, you should add some salt and pour a cup of water.
Step 9: Once you hear four whistles from the pressure cooker, you need to remove its lid.
Step 10: In case you find more liquid in the sabzi, then you can simmer it on a low intensity flame till you observe the desired consistency.
Step 11: In the end, you need to add coriander leaves and half a spoon of garam masala powder.
If you would be using a pressure cooker, then you can serve the sabzi for a family comprising of three to four members.
Lauki Kofta Recipe
Lauki kofta curry has deep fried koftas made after grating the vegetable. While you prepare the koftas, you can add them to a gravy made from tomatoes and cashew nuts.
Ingredients For Koftas
For preparing the koftas, you would require:
- One and half a cup of grated lauki
- Two tablespoons of rice flour
- Five tablespoons of gram flour
- Quarter spoon of turmeric powder
- 1 chopped green chili
- Half a spoon of ginger-garlic paste
- Two spoons of onions, finely chopped
- Some salt and oil
Ingredients For The Curry
For preparing the curry, you would require:
- Two tablespoons of cashew nuts, soaked in water
- Half a spoon of cumin seeds
- Half a spoon of ginger garlic paste
- Two medium size, chopped onions
- Two medium size tomatoes
- 1 spoon of coriander powder
- Half a spoon of red chili powder
- Half a spoon of garam masala powder
- Quarter tablespoon of turmeric powder
- Some curd / yogurt
- Some salt, three fourth cup of water and two tablespoons of oil
While you might require 10 minutes to prepare the koftas, it takes around half an hour to prepare the curry.
Steps For Making Koftas
Step 1: initially, you need to peel the lauki and grate the vegetable. Afterwards, you need t squeeze the water and think about using it when you are preparing the gravy.
Step 2: Once you have transferred the lauki into a bowl, you need to mix turmeric powder, flour, ginger-garlic paste, water and chopped onions as well as chili.
Step 3: Now, mix the ingredients thoroughly so that it becomes thick in nature. In case there a lot of water, then you can a couple of tablespoons of flour and mix once again. Avoid keeping the mixture as it is for a long time because it may become soggy at a later instance.
Step 4: Once you apply some oil in your palms, you need to take some amount of the mixture and roll it into balls. With the aforementioned ingredients, you would be able to make at least even balls.
Step 5: In the end, you need to deep fry the balls till they become crispy and turn golden brown in color. For draining excess oil, you should immediately place the koftas on a tissue.
Steps For Preparing The Gravy
Step 1: Initially, you need to prepare tomato puree after peeling them and mashing them with cashew nuts.
Step 2: Afterwards, you need to heat two tablespoons of oil, add cumin seeds and wait till you hear a crackling sound. After 7 minutes, you must add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for half a minute. Then, you need to add chopped onions and fry for a few minutes till the color changes to light pink.
Step 3: Now, you need to add the tomato puree and stir everything for three to four minutes.
Step 4: Now, you need to add garam masala, turmeric powder, red chili powder, some salt, and coriander powder. Once you mix everything well, you should fry it for at least a minute.
Step 5: Later, you should remember to add yogurt and mix it once again.
Step 6: In the end, you should add water drained from lauki and cook the ingredients for three to four minutes. You should then add the koftas only when the gravy becomes thick.
Usually, the lauki kofta gravy can be served to two to three individuals. But, the quantity might differ on the gravy and the number of koftas.
The Lauki Chana Dal Recipe
it’s quite easy to prepare lauki chana dal for your family. So, let’s look at the ingredients, the cooking time and the procedure.
For preparing the lauki chana recipe, you would require
- Half a cup of split Bengal gram
- One peeled bottle gourd
- Two tablespoons of oil
- Half a teaspoon of cumin seeds
- One inch of chopped ginger
- Quarter spoon of turmeric powder
- A pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon of red chili powder
- Some asafetida and sugar
- Two teaspoons of lime juice
- Two spoons of coriander powder
- Two to three green chilies, finely chopped
Depending on the skill with which you mix the ingredients, it may take 16 to 20 minutes to prepare lauki chana dal.
Step 1: Firstly, you need to add onion, chopped ginger, gram, bottle gourd, turmeric powder, salt, and garlic in the pressure cooker.
Step 2: Now you need to add two to three cups of water, and let the ingredients cook till you hear seven to eight whistles.
Step 3: Afterwards, you need to take off the pressure cooker from the flame and heat a little bit of ghee on the pan.
Step 4: Later, you need to add cumin seeds, and asafetida till everything starts crackling.
Step 5: Now, you need to add tomatoes and chili powder and let it cook till the pulp is formed.
Step 6: Once the cooker settles down, you need to take off the lid and mash the mixture properly.
Step 7: Now, you must transfer the gram in a dish and pour molten ghee on the top.
With the ingredients mentioned above, you can serve the recipe for at least two individuals.
The Lauki Bartha Recipe
Lauki bharta could always be a tasty recipe when it’s seasoned with spices. So, let’s look at the steps you need to follow for the dish.
For preparing the lauki bharta, you would need:
- Grated bottle gourd
- A large size onion
- Two tomatoes
- One tablespoon of cumin seeds
- One spoon of ginger garlic paste
- Half a spoon of turmeric powder
- One tablespoon of red chili powder
- One spoon of garam masala
- Cooking oil as much it’s required
- A pinch of sugar and coriander leaves for garnishing
Step 1: As you start off, you should first peel the bottle gourd and grate it carefully. You should then keep the vegetable aside and proceed in preparing the masala.
Step 2: Now, you need to heat a tablespoon of oil and jeera and allow it to crackle. You should then add ginger garlic paste and fry it slowly till it turns brown in color.
Step 3: Afterwards, you need to add chopped onions and tomatoes. You should then sauté the ingredients till the tomatoes become soft and the juice star oozing out.
Step 4: After preparing the mixture, you need to add red chili powder and salt.
Step 5: Moving ahead, you should add bottle gourd and allow everything to cook for some time.
Step 6: Continue cooking everything till the lauki becomes soft and mixes well with the spices. At this instance, you should mix garam masala and stir everything till the bhartha becomes thick.
Step 7: As you taste the dish, you should think about adding salt and some more spices.
After you mix the bhartha once again, you should transfer it in a large bowl. You can then serve it with raita, pulao or rotis. Besides, you can also enjoy the recipe while everyone in your family has gathered for dinner.
Hope you have learnt about the different kinds of lauki recipes. Feel free to share the blog in case someone is seeking a dish for a special occasion.