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Bottle gourd or Lauki is a healthiest and the most versatile vegetable to use. It can be used in a curry, in a stir fry, in a dessert, health juices and in soups. Its easy on the stomach and easily digestible. Bottle gourd or Lauki belongs to the cucumber family and enables weight loss.

As per Ayurveda, Lauki is a must have, wholesome food that helps our body fight with infections and dieseases. Lauki has various vitamins like A, B, C, K and E. It is also rich in minerals like manganese, potassium and iron. Bottle Gourd aids in weight loss as it is easily digestible. Lauki has no calories, no saturated fats and is made up of 90% water.

This recipe is a quick and easy recipe of Lauki. It uses only salt, turmeric and black pepper as spices. Whenever you are tired make this instant lauki and enjoy a wholesome and nutritional meal.

Watch the video of this recipe – https://youtu.be/9W_Hb6cefdY

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 4 Cup Diced Lauki / Bottle Gourd
  2. 1 Tomato
  3. 1 Green Chilli
  4. 1 Teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  5. 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric
  6. Salt as per taste
  7. Black Pepper as per taste
  8. 1/2 Cup Fresh Coriander
  9. 1 Tablespoon Oil / ghee preferably
  10. 1/2 Lemon Juice (Optional)

PREPARATION TIME: 10 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • In a wok, heat oil and crackle jeera or cumin seeds
  • Add in Turmeric and diced Lauki or Bottle Gourd.  Mix well
  • Cover and cook till lauki gets soft.
  • Add in tomatoes, salt and black pepper.  Mix in well
  • Cover and cook until lauki and tomatoes release water.
  • Add water if more curry is required.
  • Add in fresh coriander and green chilli and let it cook for few more minutes
  • Serve hot with rice or chapati.

Trevati dal is a protein rich combination of Chana, Toor and Green Moong dal. It can be cooked everyday as its light and simple to make. This gives you immense energy to be active through out the day. Adding Lauki or Bottle gourd to it gives the fiber content and makes it a one pot meal for a healthy and fit lifestyle. For the spicy and crunchy texture or the carb content i added the urad dal and besan vadi. Its a wholesome meal in itself.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1/2 Cup Chana Dal
  2. 1/4 Cup Toor Dal
  3. 1/2 Cup Green Moong Dal
  4. 1 Cup Diced Lauki/Bottle Gourd
  5. 6-8 Urad Dal and Besan Dry Vadis
  6. 1/2 Teaspoon Hing/Asafoetida
  7. 1 Teaspoon Jeera/Cumin
  8. 1-2 Tejpatta/Bay Leafs
  9. 2-3 Long/Cloves
  10. 1 Chopped Onion
  11. 1 Chopped Tomato
  12. 1 Teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  13. 2 Chopped Green Chillies
  14. 1/2 Teaspoon Haldi/Turmeric Powder
  15. 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  16. 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera Powder
  17. 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  18. 1/4 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  19. 1 Lemon Juice
  20. 2 Tablespoon Ghee/Clarified Butter
  21. Salt to Taste
  22. Fresh Coriander for Garnish

PREPARATION TIME: 45 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Fry the Urad Dal and Besan Vadis and keep aside
  • Wash the dals and heat Ghee in the pressure cooker
  • Crackle Jeera, Long, Tejpatta and hing
  • Add in Onions and Ginger Garlic paste and saute till slight brown
  • Add in Tomatoes, Haldi, Coriander Powder and saute till masala leaves oil
  • Add Lauki and Green Chillies and saute for few minutes
  • Add the Dals, Salt, Red Chilli Powder, Jeera Powder, Garam Masala and mix well
  • Pour Water according to the consistency required ( 2 Cups Approx)
  • Add in the Vadis, close pressure cooker lid and simmer for 5 minutes
  • Cook further for 3-4 whistles, Once gas releases open the lid
  • Pour in Lemon Juice and sprinkle fresh Coriander leaves
  • Serve hot with Chapatis or rice or have it alone as its a wholesome meal in itself.