May 31, 2011

Lau Kasha / Spicy Bottle Gourd Gravy

Dudhi is known as Lauki or Lau in north india, sorakaya in telugu. English name for this vegetable is 'bottle gourd'.  The bottle gourd is low in fat and cholesterol yet high in dietary fibre. A rich source of minerals and vitamins, bottle gourds contains many healing and medicinal properties. The cooked vegetable is not only easy to digest but also contains cooling.  It contains low calories also has iron, Vitamin C and B complex. Regular consumption of this
vegetable provides relief to people suffering with digestive problems, diabetics. Lauki is one of the favorite vegetables in Indian Cuisine.

Ingradients :

Potato : 2 (medium)
Onion : 2(medium)
Ginger : 1" piece
Garlic : 4 cloves(big/medium)
Green chilli : 1-2(chopped)
Tomato : 1 (medium)
Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp.
Red chilli powder : 11/2 tsp.(as per your taste)
Coriander Powder : 1 tsp.
Garam masala powder : 2 tsp.(make a powder of 3 cardamoms, 4 cloves, 1 small cinnamon stick)
Sugar : 1/2 tsp.
Salt to taste

For Seasoning:
Bay leaf : 1
Whole garam masala : 2 cardamoms, 2 cloves and 1 small cinnmon stick
Cumin Seeds : 1 tsp.
Ghee/clarified butter : 1 tbsp
Oil : 3-4 tblsp.

Method :

Wash and cut both bottle gourd and potato in medium chunks. Apply little salt and turmeric powder over them and fry in little oil one at a time. First potatoes, then bottle gourds. Keep Aside.

Cut the onions in sliced and make a paste of ginger and garlic. Chopped the tomatoes.

Heat oil in a pan, season with bay leaf and whole garam masala, cumin When they start to crackle, then add grated

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onions, stir fry till onions turn brown, add little sugar at this time, this gives the curry a nice color.
Then add ginger-garlic paste, saute for 1-2 mins, then add chopped tomatoes, green chilles, saute it until tomatoes are mushy. Then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and mix all the spices.

When oil seperates the masala, add fried botle gourd and potatoes. Mix well with the spice.  Add about 1  cup of water, cover the lid and  cook in medium flame.It's a semi-dry gravy dish, so the gravy shouldn't dry up all.

When veggies are cooked and you have desired consistency of gravy, drop little ghee. Mix well and cook for another 2-3 minutes.Remove from the gas and sprinkle Garam masala powder over the gravy.

Lau kasha/ Spicy Lauki Gravy  is ready to serve.

I have taken this recipe from Indrani's "
Recipe Junction". Original recipe is here

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