How to Make Bottle Gourd Masala Curry or Lauki Subji

Updated on October 21, 2017
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Cooking is one of my passions. Though I am working, I make nutritious and tasty food at home. I use minimal oil and no artificial colors.

Bottle Gourd Masala Curry or Lauki Subji

A Tasty Bottle Gourd Curry in 30 Minutes!

Eating bottle gourd has many health benefits. This vegetable is mostly made of water, so eating it can help reduce your weight. They don't have that many calories. Their fat and cholesterol content are negligible.

Bottle gourd tastes naturally bland. Cooking it with spices makes it delicious. The curry recipe I show here is made of spicy dry masala. I used a portion of the bottle gourd to make the curry enough for four people. I served roti with this awesome curry.

Here's the recipe for making bottle gourd masala curry.

5 stars for Bottle Gourd Masala Curry or Lauki Sabji

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 1 big bowl bottle gourd, chopped into 1 cm cubes
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 small green chilies
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup tomato, chopped
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder, available in Indian stores
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 pinches turmeric powder

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Bottle Gourd Masala Curry or Lauki Subji

  1. Finely crush ginger, garlic, and green chilies together. I used mortar and pestle to do this. Keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Throw in cumin seeds. Saute till they sizzle. Add ginger-garlic-green chili paste. Saute on a low fire for 30 seconds.
  3. Throw in chopped onions. Saute till they become translucent. Add chopped tomatoes. Saute till they become soft, not mushy.
  4. Add bottle gourd cubes. Throw in some salt. Mix well. Stir-cook for 3-4 minutes. Add one cup water. Cover the pan and cook for 6-7 minutes. By this time, bottle gourd becomes tender ; the mix turns almost dry.
  5. Add red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, sugar, and turmeric powder. Stir-cook for two minutes. Add half a cup of water. Mix well.
  6. Simmer, and cook for two more minutes. Adjust salt as per your taste. Throw in chopped coriander leaves. Stir it once. Turn off the stove.
  7. Bottle gourd masala curry is ready to serve. Serve this side dish with roti, chapati, or flatbread. Enjoy the taste!

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Bottle gourdStep one: Keep all the ingredients readyStep two: Saute cumin in oil till they sizzle. Throw in ginger-garlic-green chili paste. Saute for 30 seconds.Step three: Add onions. Saute them till they become translucent.Step four: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Continue stir-cooking till they become tender, not mushy.Step five: Add chopped bottle gourd. Throw in salt. Mix well. Stir-cook for 3-4 minutes. Step six: Add one cup water. Boil the mix and cover the pan. Keep the heat low. Cook for 6-7 minutes or till bottle gourd becomes soft.Step seven: Now, add all the spice powders, such as turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, and red chili powder. Add sugar. Saute for two minutes.Step eight: Add half a cup of water. Add remaining salt. Simmer for two minutes. Step nine: Add chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the stove. Bottle gourd curry is ready!Step ten: Transfer the curry to a serving dish. Serve it with roti, chapati, or flat bread. Enjoy the taste.
Bottle gourd
Bottle gourd
Step one: Keep all the ingredients ready
Step one: Keep all the ingredients ready
Step two: Saute cumin in oil till they sizzle. Throw in ginger-garlic-green chili paste. Saute for 30 seconds.
Step two: Saute cumin in oil till they sizzle. Throw in ginger-garlic-green chili paste. Saute for 30 seconds.
Step three: Add onions. Saute them till they become translucent.
Step three: Add onions. Saute them till they become translucent.
Step four: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Continue stir-cooking till they become tender, not mushy.
Step four: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Continue stir-cooking till they become tender, not mushy.
Step five: Add chopped bottle gourd. Throw in salt. Mix well. Stir-cook for 3-4 minutes.
Step five: Add chopped bottle gourd. Throw in salt. Mix well. Stir-cook for 3-4 minutes.
Step six: Add one cup water. Boil the mix and cover the pan. Keep the heat low. Cook for 6-7 minutes or till bottle gourd becomes soft.
Step six: Add one cup water. Boil the mix and cover the pan. Keep the heat low. Cook for 6-7 minutes or till bottle gourd becomes soft.
Step seven: Now, add all the spice powders, such as turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, and red chili powder. Add sugar. Saute for two minutes.
Step seven: Now, add all the spice powders, such as turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, and red chili powder. Add sugar. Saute for two minutes.
Step eight: Add half a cup of water. Add remaining salt. Simmer for two minutes.
Step eight: Add half a cup of water. Add remaining salt. Simmer for two minutes.
Step nine: Add chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the stove. Bottle gourd curry is ready!
Step nine: Add chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the stove. Bottle gourd curry is ready!
Step ten: Transfer the curry to a serving dish. Serve it with roti, chapati, or flat bread. Enjoy the taste.
Step ten: Transfer the curry to a serving dish. Serve it with roti, chapati, or flat bread. Enjoy the taste.

Nutritional Information of Bottle Gourd Masala Curry

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 168
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 12 g4%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 118 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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