Vrat ki Lauki(bottle gourd)

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Lauki , squash or bottle gourd is a very healthy vegetable. This is one of the lightest vegetable and good for fasting days. This is a simple and easy preparation for lauki .

Vrat ki Lauki

(serves 4)

home grown lauki

  • Bottle gourd (lauki) about 600 gms

  • Green chilies 1-2

  • Ghee/ oil 1 ½ tsp

  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp

  • Salt (sendha namak) 1 tsp

  • Chopped coriander

    leaves 1 tbsp
  • Lemon juice 2 tsp/ ½ cup yogurt

Method of preparation

  1. Scrap the outer skin of the bottle gourd( lauki), wash, and cut it into half inches cubes. (shape does not matter, it is just to get an idea).
  2. Remove the stem, wash, and finely chop the green chilies.
chopped Lauki
  1. Heat ghee/oil in a wok. Add cumin seeds, when seeds change the color, add chopped green chilies, fry for 10 seconds on low flame/heat. Now add bottle gourd (lauki) peices and salt, mix well and cook till lauki gets tender . Takes about 12-15 mins. (Lauki can also be made in the pressure cooker, in that case take one whistle.)
  2. Add lemon juice/ yogurt at the time of serving.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serve with Singhare/ Kuttu ke cheele.

This is a special delicacy for the days of fasting.