Bottle Gourd Curry (Doodhi/Lauki)

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Serves 3-4

A very tasty and versatile vegetable, which tastes amazing when mixed with daal/lentils!

medium sized bottle gourd
medium onion, chopped
tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp
tomato paste
green chili, slit
1 tsp
cumin seeds
1 tsp
garlic paste
1 tsp
ginger paste
3 tbsp
salt to taste
1 tsp
chilli powder
1 tsp
coriander powder
1 tsp
cumin powder
1/4 tsp
turmeric powder
2 tbsp
tomato ketchup
1/4 cup
soaked and boiled lentils
1/2 tsp
garam masala
2 tbsp
chopped fresh coriander

Cut off the top/stem of the vegetable. Peel it and then cut it down it's length in half. Scrape out the spongey center and seeds. Slice the gourd in strips and set aside.

Heat the oil in a pot or pressure cooker, add cumin seeds and let them splutter, then add the onions and fry until almost golden. Next add the garlic and ginger pastes, stir fry them quickly, then add the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes and split green chili. Sprinkle the turmeric, coriander and cumin powders, and the red chili powder.

Cook until the tomatoes are mushy and have lost all their moisture. Now add the lauki and stir them in this tomato mixture for a minute. Sprinkle some salt over them and then add about 1 cup water. Cover and pressure cook for about 4-5 whistles on medium heat or if you're using a regular pot, simmer on medium to low heat for about 25 minutes or until the bottle gourd slices are soft. You can top up with more water if needed.

Finally add the ketchup (it really adds a unique flavor to the dish) If you're using the cooked lentils, add them in at this point and simmer them in the curry for about 10 minutes.

Turn off the heat and sprinkle garam masala and the chopped coriander. Done!

Enjoy. :)


Hello fauzia,

Could u plz help me in preparing something out of yam(elephant foot).



Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi inshaAllah will do soon.

Salam Fauzia.. could you plz tell me which lentil do u use with this recipe..
Jazakumullahu khairan..
May Almighty Bless you with a good health always Aameen !

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

I used channa daal...the yellow split chickpea lentils. :)

Hi Fauzia,could you tell approx. how many cups of vegetable did you use for this recipe?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, sorry but I did not measure in cups, about 2-3 cups more or less is fine.