Dudhi/Lauki Ki Sabzi

Prep Time
40 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
4 servings
  • 1 small lauki (bottle gourd)- unpeeled, cut into cubes (to make 2 cups of cubes)
  • pinch of turmeric powder
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup water

For Masala

  • 2 red chillies – broken into small pieces
  • 1 heaped tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp tur dal
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp saunf or fennel seeds (can be substituted with jeera)
  • 2 peeled garlic pods (optional)
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • coriander leaves for garnish

To Prepare Masala

  • Dry roast the ingredients – red chillies through garlic.
  • Once the tur dal turns golden, remove, cool and dry grind in a small mixer with a handful of roasted peanuts.
  • If you don’t have roasted peanuts, then first roast peanuts separately as it takes longer than the other ingredients. Grind to a coarse powder, keep aside.

To prepare Subzi

  • Heat 3/4 cup water in a heavy pan.
  • Bring to a boil with turmeric, salt and hing.
  • Add the lauki cubes and boil for 5-7 minutes until the pieces are soft but retain shape.
  • There may be some water left, but do not drain it.
  • Alternately steam the lauki pieces and add to half the quantity of water with turmeric, salt and hing.
  • Add masala powder to the cooked gourd pieces in the same pan.
  • On a low flame, mix the cooked gourd with the masala. The excess water will be absorbed by the powder. Add a little more water if necessary.
  • Check for salt and garnish with coriander.
  • This dish will pair fantastically with chapatis or even dosai.



You wont miss the oil at all here, for the natural oils in sesame seeds and peanuts give it a rich taste. You can try this with any other squash or gourd, for eg. Zucchini.

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