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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.
Bitter Gourd or Karela in Hindi is well known for its bitter taste and has numerous health benefits. It typically is a tropical vine plant and belongs to the squash family. It has cancer destroying capabilities, lowers blood cholestrol, aids in weight, and reduces blood sugar as well.
Stuffed Bitter gourd or bharwan karela is a delicacy from North India, especially from Punjab and Himachal regions. You can stuff karela with paneer, potatoes, onion masala and even meat mince.
Traditionally the stuffed bitter gourd is tied with a washed thread so that the stuffing doesn’t come out will cooking /frying the bitter gourd. It is an experience in itself when you get to untie the karela on your plate to see what is stuffed inside. Its like opening up a birthday present. The experience of touch, look and taste is beyond comparable.
Stuffing bitter gourd and tying it does consume time and requires patience. In this fast pace life, people do not want to spend time in cooking such recipes like stuffed bitter gourd / bharwan dhaagewale karele, thus it is getting quite rare to see in households.
Bharwan Dhaagewale Karele can be considered as one of the lost recipes from our kitchens.

 

INGREDIENTS:
  1. 250 gms Karela/Bitter Gourd
  2. 3 Potatoes
  3. 1 Onion Chopped
  4. 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  5. 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Seeds
  6. 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
  7. 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera Powder / Cumin Powder
  8. 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
  9. 1/2 Teaspoon Amchoor Powder/Dry Mango Powder
  10. A pinch of Asafoetida / Hing
  11. Salt to Taste
  12. Oil to Fry
  13. Tread to tie
  14. Chaat Masala to Sprinkle
  15. Fresh Coriander Leaves for garnish

PREPARATION TIME: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Wash the bitter gourd with hot water and peel it
  • Do not throw the peel – Chop it and keep aside
  • Keep the peel also in salted water and drain after one hour
  • Make a slit and take out all seeds from inside
  • Sprinkle salt and turmeric on peeled bitter gourd and mix well
  • Keep it for one hour to remove the bitterness
  • After one hour wash it thoroughly, to remove excess salt
  • Boil the potatoes, peel and mash it
  • In a wok, heat up little oil and crackle jeera and coriander seeds
  • Add Chopped onions, bitter gourd peel chopped and saute till brown
  • Add Turmeric and mashed potatoes, mix well
  • Sprinkle red chilly powder, jeera powder, salt and amchoor powder, mix well
  • You can add chopped green chillies too at this stage
  • Take the bitter gourd and fill the potato mix generously
  • Tie the bitter gourd with a tread so that it doesn’t open while frying
  • Similarly tie all the bitter gourds
  • Fry each in oil till brown or till it is soft
  • Keep all the fried bitter gourd in a serving dish
  • If any potato mix is left then keep that too in the center
  • Sprinkle some chaat masala and fresh coriander leaves as garnish
  • Serve hot with puris, parathas or naans!!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 235.7 Calories from Fat 105.3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.7g 18%
Saturated Fat 1.6g 8%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0%
Sodium 161.1mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 31.9g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6.6g 26%
Sugars 3.2g
Protein 4.1g 8%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Paneer bhurji is a irressistable and flavourful recipe from the North India. Paneer bhurji is a quick, easy and staple food from Punjabi Cuisine. It is made by crumbling the paneer and saute it with onions and tomatoes. Paneer bhurji best tastes with Roti, Parathas or even Toasted Bread. Paneer bhurji is a favourite dry vegetable – best for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Ideas.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 200 gms Paneer
  2. 1 Onion
  3. 1 Tomato
  4. 1/4 Cup Peas
  5. 1 Green Chilly
  6. 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera Seeds
  7. 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
  8. Salt to taste
  9. 1 Tablespoon Oil
  10. 1/2 Cup Fresh Coriander

PREPARATION TIME: 10 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Chop Onion, Tomato and Green Chilly
  • In a pan heat oil and crackle jeera seeds
  • Add Onions and Saute till Translucent
  • Sprinkle Red Chilli powder and Chopped Green Chilly
  • Add Tomato, Peas, Salt and Saute till it gets dry and peas get soft
  • Add Crumbled Paneer and mix well
  • Garnish with Fresh Chopped Coriander and serve hot with parathas and bread

 

Bhindi do pyaza is a simple but elgant dish from North India. Bhindi well known as Okra or Ladiesfinger is cooked with double the amount of onions and had a spicy and a tangy flavour. Bhindi do Pyaza is one of the favourites fron our Punjabi cuisine. Best paired with nan or parathas is a quick Indian recipe for Lunch or Dinner Ideas.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 250 gms Bhindi / Okra / Ladyfinger
  2. 3 Large Onions
  3. 1 Potato
  4. 2 Tomatoes
  5. 1 Teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  6. 1-2 Green Chillies
  7. 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric
  8. 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
  9. 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera Powder
  10. 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  11. 1/2 Teaspoon Amchoor / Dry Mango Powder
  12. Salt to taste
  13. 3 Tablespoon Mustard Oil
  14. Fresh Coriander to Garnish

PREPARATION TIME: 20 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Wash and dry the Bhindis and cut it into an inch long pieces
  • Wash, peel and cut the potato into an inch pieces
  • Slice the onions and keep them aside
  • In a wok take 2 tablespoon oil and fry the Bhindi and Potatoes
  • Take the Bhindi out in a plate on a kitchen towel
  • In the same wok heat oil again and crackle Jeera seeds
  • Put in the Chopped tomatoes and saute for 2-3 minutes
  • Add in Coriander powder, jeera powder, turmeric, red chilly, dry mango powder
  • Slit the green chillies and add it to the tomatoes
  • Add Salt and little water, to get the flavours out of dry masalas
  • Add in fried bhindi, potatoes and Sliced Onions and mix well
  • Let it cook uncovered on medium flame for 5-8 minutes
  • Cook till the Onions turn translucent
  • Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves
  • Serve hot with Roti, Parathas or Naans

Luxuriant and Rich in taste, Dodha Barfi is a traditional dessert made in Punjabi cuisine. Prepared using slow roasting method, this is one of the mouth-melting dessert recipes which is perfect for any special occasions and festivals. It has a grainy texture and its nutty crust makes it a favourite among kids too. Try this quick and easy chocolatey dodha recipe and enjoy with your loved ones!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1/2 Cup Daliya
  2. 1 Cup Milk
  3. 200 gms Sweetened Khoya
  4. 1/2 Cup Almond Chopped
  5. 3 Teaspoons Cocoa Powder
  6. 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  7. 2 Teaspoon Honey
  8. 2 Tablespoon Ghee / Clarified Butter

PREPARATION TIME: 30 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • In a pan, dry roast the daliya and add milk
  • Cook till the daliya gets softs
  • Add Honey and Cocoa powder and mix well
  • Mix till everything gets chocolatey
  • Add sweetened Khoya and mix till Khoya melts
  • Instead of Sweetened khoya add 1 cup sugar and Unsweetened Khoya
  • Add Ghee and keep cooking till ghee incorporates
  • Cook everything till it leaves the pan sides and forms a gooey dough
  • Put it in a greased tray and flatten on top
  • Garnish with Chopped Almonds and let it set for 3 hours in Fridge
  • Cut in Squares and Serve
  • Quick Punjabi Dodha Barfi is ready to serve

 

This is a very special and one of the long lost recipes from the north of India. I always enjoyed it at my grandmom’s house, but as the name suggests sometimes it used to come from other sources too! Its always called “DOLI aayi hai” as the house that prepares it makes sure relatives and friends receive the fried rotis or the basic masala mix. The house which receives masala mix again makes a whole lot of rotis and distributes them. During the time its prepared the aroma of the homemade traditional yeast and frying of wheat just makes it irresistable. It can be prepared plain or with a filling of chana daal! Try this long lost multani or punjabi recipe from our punjabi cuisine! Such recipes are typical of north Indian winters! #Longlostrecipe

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2 Tablespoons KhasKhas/Poppy Seeds
  2. 3 Pieces Dalchini/Cinnamon
  3. 10 Nos cloves/Long
  4. 1 Nos Jaifal/Nutmeg
  5. 5 Black Elaichi/Cardamom
  6. 3 Tablespoon Chana daal/yellow split lentil
  7. 2 Glass of Water
  8. 3 Kg Wheat Flour
  9. 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Oil for Frying

PREPARATION TIME: 2 days

HOW TO PREPARE:
* In a muslin cloth, add khuskhus, dalchini, cloves, jaifal, elaichi, and Chana Daal
* Tie the cloth securely,to make a potli and keep aside
* Boil water in a pan and add the potli, Let it boil for 4-5 minutes
* Take the pan off the gas and wrap it up in a blanket
* Check pan next day same time, If bubbles are there then heat lightly
* Add in half(1/2) Kg of Wheat flour and mix till a pakoda batter consistency
* Cover again with blanket and keep aside
* Within 2- 3 hours the batter with ferment, and now the basic mix is ready
* Add Rest of the wheat flour and mix well with help of warm water
* Add Sugar and Salt according to taste, mix well and cover
* After 2- 3 Hours the mix will ferment
* Spread a plastic sheets on table or foils on counter tops
* Roll out Rotis or chapatis by hand around 6″ in diameter and put them on sheet
* Roll out the whole dough and put the rotis on sheet and cover them
* After leaving for 2-3 hours these rotis ferment and swell up
* Take each roti and fry and cool on wire rack
* Store them in fridge till 15 days, Heat when you take out
* Have it as snack, as breakfast, with tea or in any meal with Mango Pickle