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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bottle Gourd Gravy Cooked in Simple Spices (Tariwali Lauki/Lauki Jhol)

Indian Vegetarian Main Course Special 
Madhya Pradesh/Uttar Pradesh Cuisine
Bottle Gourd Gravy Cooked in Simple Spices (Tariwali Lauki/Lauki Jhol)
Serves 2

Ingredients:
Bottle Gourd (Lauki)- 200 Grams, Peeled & Cubed into ½ Inch Pieces

Ripe Roma Tomato- 1 Medium 
Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil- 1 Tbsp.
Hing- a Pinch
Cumin Seeds (Jeera)- 1 Tsp.
Coriander Powder- 2 Tsp.
Red Chilli Powder (Kuti hui Lal Mirch)-  ½ Tsp.
Turmeric Powder (Haldi)- ½ Tsp.

Salt- To Taste
Fresh Coriander Leaves- 2 Tbsp., Finely Chopped

Method:
Wash, Roughly Chop & Puree Tomatoes in a Blender
Mix the Dry Masalas (Turmeric Powder, Red Chilli Powder & Coriander Powder) with some Water & Keep Aside

Heat Oil in a Pressure Pan
Add Jeera & Sauté on Low Flame
Add Lauki & Sauté Well
Add the Dry Masalas (Turmeric Powder, Red Chilli Powder, Coriander Powder & Salt)
Add the Tomato Puree & Mix Well
Add Water, Cover & Pressure Cook for about 1 Whistle
Remove from Heat & Check to see if Lauki is Soft
Garnish with Freshly Chopped Coriander Leaves
Serve Hot with Phulka, Dal Fry, Set Curd & Roasted Papad!

Tips:
Traditionally Mustard Oil is used 
Keeping the Tomato Skin is optional, so the Puree can be made without the Skin as Well through Blanching
Variations:

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