Lauki Sabzi Recipe is an easy, delicious healthy Indian recipe served as a side dish. This recipe tastes great along with Phulkas.
The last week of the last year was a one full of enjoyment for us. Dilip had a school reunion and we all traveled to the place where he had completed his schooling from – Bhilai.
Bhilai is called a steel city since it hosts one of the 5 steel plants operated under the SAIL (Steel Authority of India) limited. I had never been to Bhilai but I had heard a lot about the city from Dilip and I was so anxious to go and see it myself.
Steel cities are one of the best-maintained townships in India, primarily because the entire township is maintained and managed by the Steel plants and they have a very organized way of setting up the townships.
The township is organized in the form of sectors and each sector will have its own markets, community centers, and schools.
Bhilai was no different and Dilip used to tell me that it was more of an education center than anything else. A lot of students would come to the city and stay in hostels and as paying guests because of the tutoring centers and the colleges there.
My excitement to visit Bhilai was because of 2 things – first was to see Dilip’s school about which I had heard a lot from him and second was to see the house that they had built, which was built on a unique concept, again something I had heard about from Dilip.
Both I and my daughter were stunned to see the school. It had a huge campus and the school itself was big though it was a little old (the school had completed 50 years of its establishment). Our reaction was primarily because we don’t see that kind of school campuses these days.
Schools have become more of a commercial establishment than anything else and most schools look like an apartment. Playgrounds and auditoriums are mostly leased or, taken for rent. My daughter’s school was a slightly different one and we liked their campus and teaching methodology.
She was fascinated with its campus, especially the playground and that is why she wanted to get admission to this specific school.
But when she saw Dilip’s school, she was surprised because its campus was bigger than that of her school.
And that awe continued throughout our stay at Bhilai. The reunion was amazing with a lot of music, dance, and fun. I could see the excitement and joy in Dilip’s eyes when he met his friends after 25 long years.
The next day was a trip around the city. We went to see Dilip’s house and it brought back a lot of memories to him. I couldn’t imagine having to sell off such a beautiful house but at the same time could understand the kind of situation Dilip and his family would have been if they had to take that difficult decision.
One thing that I definitely need to mention here since I am a foodie, is the food. I am a fan of authentic tastes and that is why I like the food in Delhi. While Bangalore has a lot of restaurants serving North Indian food, I haven’t yet been able to find any restaurant that has the authentic taste of a North Indian dish. This was something that was different in Delhi.
And this was something I liked about Bhilai as well. The food was so Yummy and authentic that I just couldn’t resist myself (I would have surely gained at least a couple of Kgs after this trip.. sad face..). Street food was also just as good and tasty as were the restaurants.
In spite of such a fun trip, there was something that bothered me, about which I would tell you in my next post.
Lauki Sabzi Recipe – How to Make Bottle Gourd Curry Recipe
Most of the time I have heard people saying lauki?????? Noops this is not my type of vegetable, I can’t have it. But very few people know the health benefits of it.
This nutritional vegetable is low in fat and cholesterol, and high in dietary fiber. As per Ayurveda, bottle gourd increases kapha and is good for diseases caused by aggravation of Pitta dosha. It has a cooling effect on the body because of the high water content in it. Bottle gourd is very valuable in treating urinary disorders.
A glassful of fresh juice prepared by grating the whole fruit should be mixed with a teaspoonful of lime juice and included in daily diet. It is effective against constipation and other digestive disorders. The Bottle gourd juice is used in the treatment of stomach acidity, indigestions, and ulcers. A glass of its juice with a little salt added to it quenches thirst and helps in preventing fatigue.
And one more thing, bottle gourd juice is very popular for weight loss too. So after knowing the health benefits of it I am sure you would want to try this recipe.
Are you still thinking???
Don’t think, I can bet you that you would love this recipe more when you have it in a way I always prefer to have. Whenever you make lauki sabzi, also make some plain moong dal or toovar dal by adding just the turmeric powder, water, and salt.
Also, make chapati.
Serve lauki ki sabzi along with a bowl of dal, roti, onion, green chili and a piece of fresh lemon… here You need to squeeze the lemon in dal.
So what are you waiting for?
Try out this combination and don’t forget to leave your comment below. WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. 🙂
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Lauki Sabzi Recipe – How to Make Bottle Gourd Curry RecipePrint Recipe
- Lauki Bottle gourd - one medium sized (finaly chopped)
- Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
- Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
- Whole dry red chilli - 2-3
- Salt to taste
- Mustard oil - 1 tbsp
- Scrap skin and chop lauki into small cubes.
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Add jeera to it.
- When jeera starts spluttering add whole dry red chilli.
- Now add lauki, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
- Cover and cook until lauki becomes tender, stirring in between.
- Once it gets cooked properly switch off the gas.
- Serve hot along with steamed rice, dal.
- Lauki ki sabzi goes really well along with chapati as well.
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