Lauki ka Bharta is a delicious Indian curry where grated bottle gourd is cooked with spices. It can be served with any Indian style meal. Here is how to make it.
Bharta, it is one of the common recipes that is made in almost every North Indian household.
The most popular being Baingan Ka Bharta, where Baingan is roasted on the direct flame, skin is peeled and then cooked along with onions, tomatoes and spices.
Super easy recipe that gets ready in less than 30 minutes, making it perfect for the weekday meal, right?
But what if I told you that other than Baingan Ka Bharta, you can make Bharta with one more vegetable? Yes, you heard it right, it’s Lauki!
As I love this recipe a way too much and enjoy it for my everyday meals, I thought why not try the same recipe with Lauki or Bottle Gourd.
Lauki or as it called Ghia is one of those vegetables, which is disliked at home and therefore I keep looking for interesting ideas to use this vegetable.
They do love to eat Lauki Kofta or Stuffed Lauki, and therefore wanted to make something unique this time too.
When I tried Lauki Ka Bharta, everyone ate it without any complaints.
They were surprised when I told them it’s Lauki and they even told me to make it again.
About the recipe
It is an easy to make everyday sabzi that is made with the most common Summer vegetable, Lauki or Dudhi (Bottle Gourd).
Though it is available all over the year, you get the fresh ones only in Summer.
And as Summer is approaching, I am all set to make this Bharta with some ingredients that is easily available in your pantry.
And if you love Baingan Ka Bharta, I am sure you will love this one too.
In Lauki Bharta, Lauki is not roasted like Baingan, instead it is peeled, grated and cooked along with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and everyday spices such as Kashmiri red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and cumin powder.
But if you still want the smoky flavour, you can smoke it with the coal method instead.
Lastly, squeeze a lemon in the bharta and garnish with coriander leaves, while lemon gives it a nice tangy taste, coriander leaves adds freshness to this simple recipe.
I sometimes also like to add methi or matar in the Dudhi Bharta to enhance its flavour and taste.
So, you can also try this with methi or matar and let me know how you liked it?
It tastes delicious along with flaky from outside and soft from inside Laccha Paratha and a Tomato Onion Raita.
But you can also serve it with Phulka, Tawa Paratha, Poori or even with Pav.
Step By Step Recipe
Wash and peel the lauki. Grate it using a medium grater. Heat oil in a pan.
Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and let them crackle for a few seconds.
Add onions and saute for a 2-3 minutes.
Add ginger and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Now add tomatoes and green chilli and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and salt.
Add grated lauki and cook for 2-3 minutes. Cover the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes until oil starts to separate from the sides of the pan.
Now add lemon juice and fresh coriander and mix well. Serve hot.
Lauki ka Bharta Recipe
- 300 g Lauki
- 3 tbsp Mustard Oil
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1 cup Onions (finely chopped)
- 2 tsp Ginger (finely chopped)
- 2 tsp Garlic (finely chopped)
- 1 cup Tomato (grated)
- 2 tsp Green Chilli (Chopped)
- 1 tsp Coriander Powder
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
- 1/2 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
- Salt to taste
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander (finely chopped)
- Wash and peel the lauki. Grate it using a medium grater.
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and let them crackle for a few seconds.
- Add onions and saute for a 2-3 minutes.
- Add ginger and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add tomatoes and green chilli and cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and salt.
- Add grated lauki and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Cover the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes until oil starts to separate from the sides of the pan.
- Add lemon juice and fresh coriander and mix well.
- Serve hot.