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Bottle Gourd Masala (Lauki Ki Sabji)

Bottle Gourd Masala (Lauki Ki Sabji) Categories: Indian|Vegetable|Vegetables|Vegetarian
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Source: Manjula's Kitchen

Lauki is a simple and healthy vegetable side dish that is also known as opo squash, or Bottle Gourd. Lauki is a staple vegetable in most Indian homes because of its many known health benefits. The vegetable itself is rather bland, so I love manipulating its flavor.
    1 medium size  lauki peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces, (will make about 4 cups)
    2 medium size  tomatoes, (finely chopped ? will make about 1 cup)
    2 Tbsp  oil, (canola or vegetable)
    1 tsp  cumin seeds, (jeera)
    1/8 tsp  asafetida, (hing)
    2 Tbsp  besan, (gram flour)
    1/8 tsp  fenugreek seeds, (methi)
    2 tsp  coriander powder, (dhania)
    1/2 tsp  red chili powder
    1/2 tsp  turmeric, (haldi)
    1 tsp  shredded ginger, (adrak)
    1 Tbsp  finely chopped green chili
    1 tsp  salt
    2 Tbsp  finely chopped cilantro, (hara dhania)

Heat the oil in a saucepan. Oil should be moderately hot. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil. If the cumin seed cracks right away, the oil is ready.

Add the cumin seeds, asafetida, and fenugreek seeds stir for few seconds. Lower the heat add the besan (besan gives the light aroma and thickness to the gravy) and stir for few seconds. Add coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric, ginger and green chili stir for few seconds then add tomatoes and salt. Increase the heat medium high. Cook stirring until spices start leaving the oil this should take about 3-4 minute.
Last add lauki and about 1 cup of water and let it cook until lauki is tender. This should take about 10 to 12 minutes.

Notes: lauki can take longer in cooking and more water depends how tender the lauki.

Serving suggestion: Masala Lauki can be served with Roti or paratha, or dal paratha

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