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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bottle Gourd cooked with Milk (Doodh Waali Lauki/Sorakaaya Paalu Kura)



Simple Techniques of Quick Cooking- Easy to Make, Lighter Version of Bottle Gourd! 
 
Indian Vegetarian Breakfast Special
Bottle Gourd cooked with Milk (Doodh Waali Lauki/Sorakaaya Paalu Kura)
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:
Bottle Gourd (Lauki/Sorakaaya)- 1 Medium
Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil- 1 Tbsp.
Cumin Seeds (Jeera)- 1 Tsp.
Onion- 1 Medium, Chopped FInely
Green Chillies (Hari Mirchi) (Pacchi Mirchi)- 2 No’s., Slit
Milk (Doodh/Paalu)- Tbsp.
Salt- To Taste

Method:
Wash, Peel and Cube Lauki into 1 Inch pieces; keep the Lauki Pieces aside in Water 
In a Non Stick Pan/Skillet/Kadhai, Heat Oil
Add Cumin Seeds and sauté till they crackle
Add Green Chillies and Sauté
Add Lauki, Turmeric Powder and Mix well; Keep Covered and Simmer till Lauki is Soft and Translucent; Add Salt and Mix Well
Add Milk and Cook on Low Flame till Lauki and Milk Combine Well

Serve Fresh & Hot with Indian Flat Bread (Phulka), Set Curd (Dahi), Pachranga Pickle (Achar), Papad, Salad (Green Chillies for extra Kick in the Mouth Dilli Style, Cucumber, Tomato, Onion) !!


Tips:
Benefits of Bottle Gourd are that it is Low in Fat, Cholesterol yet High in Fibre; so to maintain the High Fibre content, the Vegetable can be used unpeeled for many recipes
Also, Cooked Bottle Gourd is Cooling, Relaxing, Sedative, Diuretic and Easily Digestible
It is perfect to be included for Dinner as a Light Meal is recommended by the Nutritionists :)   




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