The humble Lauki, or Bottle Gourd, is all water (92%) and nutrients. It keeps the body hydrated, and is rich in essential minerals and vitamins K, A, and C. Known for working wonders for losing weight as well as bringing down the bad cholesterol levels, Lauki also quenches thirst and has a cooling effect on the body.
It’s no wonder that Lauki makes for an excellent vegetable to be had with rice or chapatis. First, the onions need to be sautéed with green chilies and ginger on a low flame in oil in a pressure cooker. The Lauki goes in next along with turmeric powder and salt and is to be sautéed for 5 minutes before adding the tomatoes with coriander powder, red chilli powder, and turmeric powder and sautéing that until the oil separates.
Water goes in next, before pressure cooking this mixture for 4 whistles on a medium flame. You must ensure that the vegetable is properly cooked – whether it is watery or semi-dry is up to you. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and relish.