Lauki Ki Subzi(Bottle Gourd Curry), a no-onion no-garlic curry in Indian Spices for everyday meals or fasting festivals like Navaratri
Lauki Ki Subzi is a light on stomach and easily digestable. It is good sick and people with digestive problems.
Lauki or Ghiya( Bottle Gourd) is a simple yet one of the most nutritious vegetables, that has a cooling effect on the body and is good for digestion, stomach, liver, and kidneys and skin. One of the excellent vegetable used during detox and body cleansing programs.
This vegetable can be had in many forms like juice(good for body cleanse), can be had as soup or as the main dish for Indian meals(Lauki Ke Kofte, Lauki Chane Ki Dal) and dinner in combination with other veggies and pulses, as accomplishment like Raita, used for making desserts like Lauki ki Kheer(Bottle Gourd Milk Pudding) and Lauki ki barfi( Fudge) and many more.
What we need and what goes with Lauki Ki Subzi
Lauki ki sabzi is a very simple vegetable that best enjoyed with chapatis.It pairs well with steamed rice also.
I make this vegetable at least once a week for dinner with chapatis, and also whenever I am fasting as it is light on the stomach and one of the best vegetable for detoxification.
I use only tomatoes for preparing this vegetable along with Indian spices like turmeric, cumin powder, coriander powder and fresh herbs like coriander(cilantro). Many people also use onion in preparation of this curry. Many make it without onion and tomatoes with only spices. Use the spices as per your choice/dietary preferences if making during fasting days.
Let's see the ingredients and method for Lauki Ki Subzi(Bottle Gourd curry)
- Lauki/Ghiya(Bottle Gourd)-- 250gms
- Tomatoes- 2 small or 1 medium
- Cumin Seeds-½ Tsp
- Coriander Powder--1 Tsp
- Turmeric Powder-- ½ Tsp
- Fennel Seeds/Powder--¼ Tsp
- Red Chilli Powder--1/4 Tsp(optional or as required)
- Ghee/ Oil-- 1 Tsp
- Salt as per taste
Refer to the images at the end of the method. Scroll or click on the images for caption
- Wash and peel lauki (bottle gourd).I use the pressure cooker to make this veggie as it reduces the cooking time.
- Wash and finely chop tomatoes.
- Heat ghee or oil in a pan. I mainly use mustard oil while making my Indian style veggies or ghee while making food during fasts. You can use any cooking oil of your choice.
- Add cumin seeds and while these splutter, add tomato and cook till it softens.
- Add dry masalas or spices and fennel seeds to the cooking tomatoes. Fennel seeds are optional. Many people don't add it to the vegetable, but I like the flavor that comes with the addition of fennel seeds/powder in the vegetable.
- Add lauki/bottle gourd, and mix well. Add little water, as the vegetable has 92% water content it will release water while cooking.
- Put the lid of the pressure cooker and cook the vegetable till 2-3 whistles on medium heat and take off the flame. Wait till the pressure releases in the cooker.
- Adjust the water consistency as required, mash a little with the potato masher, garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with hot chappatis or phulkas or rice.
Since it is a no onion-no garlic recipe you can make this vegetable during fasts along with kutte(buckwheat flour) or singhare(water chestnut flour) ke paranthe or poori(Indian Flatbreads). Add spices as per your choice and preferences. Replace sendha namak with table salt. Also, you can skip tomato and turmeric if you don't use these during fasting.
Make this simple yet healthy dish for dinner or during fasts or whenever you want to have something simple and light for dinner and I am sure you will like the way I make this veggie.
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