Monday, February 20, 2012

Lauki/ Doodhi/ Ghiya Curry (bottle gourd cooked with tomatoes)

Lauki or Bottle gourd is called by various names at various places in India. This humble vegetable is somehow skipped when we talk about delicious foods.

Here I'm sharing a simple recipe which is a regular feature of our household as both me and my hubby relish eating this one. Usually when we both want a light, regular, home cooked meal; this is the one which comes to our mind. Though it can be cooked as a dry vegetable also; we usually use the curried one.

  1. Lauki- 1 (cut into medium sized pieces)
  2. Tomatoes- 1 big (chopped)
  3. Jeera (cumin seeds)- 1 tsp
  4. Ghee (clarified butter)- 1 tsp
  5. salt to taste
  6. Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  7. Haldi (Turmeric powder)- 1/4 tsp
  8. Dhaniya (coriander seeds powder)-1 &1/2 tsp approx.
  • Take a pressure cooker and add ghee to it.
  • Add Jeera and wait till it sizzles.
  • Add Lauki and chopped tomatoes and toss it around.
  • Add the remaining spices and 1 Tbsp water (optional).
  • Cover and cook at medium flame
  • After one whistle, the curry is usually cooked. You might need to cook more if the gourd was very stiff in the beginning.
  • Serve hot with Chapati or rice.

This simple vegetable it can be transformed into a delicacy by making 'Koftas'. Will write about that some other time.

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