How to Make a Spicy Bottle Gourd Curry (Lauki Subji)

Updated on July 18, 2020
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Spicy Bottle Gourd Curry (Lauki Subji)
Spicy Bottle Gourd Curry (Lauki Subji)

Tasty Bottle Gourd Curry in 30 Minutes

Eating bottle gourd has many health benefits. This vegetable has very few calories, negligible fat and cholesterol content, and is made mostly of water. Some people say that eating this vegetable can help control your weight.

By itself, bottle gourd tastes bland—but when you cook it with spices, it's delicious. This particular curry is made with a spicy dry masala. I usually serve it with roti on the side.

5 stars for Spicy Bottle Gourd Curry (Lauki Subji)

Cook Time

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Finely crush ginger, garlic, and green chilies together. I used a mortar and pestle to do this. Set the paste aside.
  2. Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan. Throw in cumin seeds and sauté until they sizzle. Add in ginger-garlic-green chili paste. Sautê over low fire for 30 seconds.
  3. Throw in chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent. Add chopped tomatoes. Sauté until they become soft but not mushy.
  4. Add the bottle gourd cubes and throw in some salt. Mix well. Stir-cook for 3–4 minutes. Add 1 cup of water. Cover the pan and cook for 6–7 additional minutes. By this time, the bottle gourd should be tender and the mixture should be almost dry.
  5. Add red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, sugar, and turmeric powder. Stir-cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of water and mix well.
  6. Simmer and cook for 2 more minutes. Adjust salt as per your taste. Throw in chopped coriander leaves, stir once, and turn off the stove.
  7. Your spicy bottle gourd curry is ready to serve. Serve it with roti, chapati, or flatbread. Enjoy!

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This is what bottle gourd looks like. Prepare all of the ingredients.Sauté the  cumin in oil until it sizzles. Throw in the ginger-garlic-green chili paste. Sauté for 30 seconds.Add the onions. Sauté until they become translucent.Throw in the chopped tomatoes. Continue stir-cooking until they become tender but not mushy.stir-cooked tomato and onionAdd the chopped bottle gourd. Throw in some salt and mix well. Stir-cook for 3–4 minutes. Add 1 cup of water. Boil the mixture and cover the pan. Keep the heat low. Cook for 6-7 minutes or until bottle gourd becomes soft.Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, and red chili powder. Add some sugar. Sauté for 2 minutes.Stir-cooking the mixture Add 1/2 a cup of water. Add the remaining salt and simmer for two minutes. Add the chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and turn off the stove. Your bottle gourd curry is ready!Transfer the curry to a serving dish. Serve it with roti, chapati, or flatbread. Enjoy!
This is what bottle gourd looks like.
This is what bottle gourd looks like.
Prepare all of the ingredients.
Prepare all of the ingredients.
Sauté the  cumin in oil until it sizzles. Throw in the ginger-garlic-green chili paste. Sauté for 30 seconds.
Sauté the cumin in oil until it sizzles. Throw in the ginger-garlic-green chili paste. Sauté for 30 seconds.
Add the onions. Sauté until they become translucent.
Add the onions. Sauté until they become translucent.
Throw in the chopped tomatoes. Continue stir-cooking until they become tender but not mushy.
Throw in the chopped tomatoes. Continue stir-cooking until they become tender but not mushy.
stir-cooked tomato and onion
stir-cooked tomato and onion
Add the chopped bottle gourd. Throw in some salt and mix well. Stir-cook for 3–4 minutes.
Add the chopped bottle gourd. Throw in some salt and mix well. Stir-cook for 3–4 minutes.
Add 1 cup of water. Boil the mixture and cover the pan. Keep the heat low. Cook for 6-7 minutes or until bottle gourd becomes soft.
Add 1 cup of water. Boil the mixture and cover the pan. Keep the heat low. Cook for 6-7 minutes or until bottle gourd becomes soft.
Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, and red chili powder. Add some sugar. Sauté for 2 minutes.
Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, and red chili powder. Add some sugar. Sauté for 2 minutes.
Stir-cooking the mixture
Stir-cooking the mixture
Add 1/2 a cup of water. Add the remaining salt and simmer for two minutes.
Add 1/2 a cup of water. Add the remaining salt and simmer for two minutes.
Add the chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and turn off the stove. Your bottle gourd curry is ready!
Add the chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and turn off the stove. Your bottle gourd curry is ready!
Transfer the curry to a serving dish. Serve it with roti, chapati, or flatbread. Enjoy!
Transfer the curry to a serving dish. Serve it with roti, chapati, or flatbread. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 168
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 12 g4%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 18 mg1%
* 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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