Bottlegourd also called Lauki or Dudhi in India is one of the lesser loved vegetables; but I think liking or disliking towards a vegetable depends a lot upon how its cooked.

This Indian dish which I call Rasedar Lauki is my favourite way of eating bottleguard, It is very mild yet very tasty!

Bottleguard is low in calories and fat and high in  fiber.  A cup of cooked bottleguard contains approximately 18 calories and 4 g of carbohydrates. This makes this dish good for weight watchers who are looking for tasty recipes.

Preparation time- 5 minutes
Cook time - 15 minutes
Serves- 3


  • Lauki (Bottle guard) -  washed, peeled  and cut in squares ( 1 1/2 cup)
  • Onion- chopped (1 cup)
  • Tomatoes- chopped (1/2 cup)
  • Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera (cumin seeds) - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder- 1/4th tsp
  • Red chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1/2 tbsp
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Salt - to taste

Method -

  • Heat oil  in a pressure cooker
  • Add Jeera(cumin) and let it splutter.
  • Add onions and cook on medium heat till translucent
  • Add garlic and all masala powders(powdered spices), cook for few seconds.
  • Now add tomatoes and cook till oil separates
  • Add lauki (bottlegourd), mix well and close the lid
  • Cook till three whistles.
For best results open the pressure cooker only when all the steam has escaped.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with nan, roti or rice.

Posted by sneh On Saturday, September 08, 2012 3 comments


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