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Lauki ki Sabji - Simple Bottle Gourd Recipe

Updated on August 3, 2012
Lauki or Bottle Gourd
Lauki or Bottle Gourd | Source

The Bottle Gourd is called Lauki in Hindi. It is amongst the most versatile vegetables and can be used extensively in all kinds of cuisine. You can make soup out of it, a vegetable side dish (like the one given in this recipe), as an add on in Sambar daal, and even a sweet dish called lauki ka halwa.

It is available around the year and is usually best when it is grown to about a foot. The larger the vegetable the less succulent it is. So try not to go for the huge size but rather for the smaller and slimmer variety when you shop for it.

In oil add cumin and garlic
In oil add cumin and garlic | Source
Add onions and saute
Add onions and saute | Source
Chop the bottle gourd after peeling off the outer skin
Chop the bottle gourd after peeling off the outer skin | Source
Add the water and the spices
Add the water and the spices | Source
Lauki ki Sabji ready to eat
Lauki ki Sabji ready to eat | Source


  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 1 Lauki or bottle gourd, chopped roughly after peeling
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds or Jeera sabut
  • 1 teaspoon Refined Oil, (Sunflower or Soyabean is good)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Corriander powder or Dhania powder
  • 1/4 cup water

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves 4 people


  1. In a cooking vessel add a teaspoon of oil.
  2. Once it heats up add the cumin seeds (Jeera)to splutter.
  3. Then add the garlic and cook till slightly brown.
  4. Now add the sliced onions and saute till slightly brown.
  5. Add the Coriander powder and salt.
  6. Mix in the chopped Lauki (Bottle Gourd).
  7. Add the water, cover and cook till the pieces are tender and cooked.
  8. Serve hot with rotis or rice.

This simple to make vegetable dish is not very spicy and can easily be served to children. On the other hand if you would like to spice it up you can add a finely chopped green chilly to the dish.

Another variation can be adding a tablespoon worth of crushed groundnuts to the vegetable after it is cooked. The gravy comes out richer and thicker with the groundnuts. However if you are allergic to nuts leave them out.

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    • cashmere profile image

      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you, its a simple one and tastes good too :)

    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love exotic recipes and this one sounds delicious and healthful. Thank you for sharing!