Lauki Ka Bharta

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Lauki Ka Bharta is a delicious Indian curry prepared using bottle gourd. Make it using my easy recipe.

Try some of my favorite lauki recipes: Lauki Chana Dal, Lauki Halwa, Lauki Kofta Curry, and Shahi Bharwa Lauki.

Lauki ka bharta served in a bowl.
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About Lauki Ka Bharta

Lauki Ka Bharta is a popular North Indian recipe where tender fresh lauki (bottle gourd) is cooked with onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and basic spices.

It is one of my favorite ways to make lauki for my family. Since the vegetable is unrecognizable after grating and cooking with spices, they eat it without any objection.

This sabji is easy to make, needs simple everyday ingredients, and comes together in under 30 minutes.

It is like Baingan Bharta, but lauki is not roasted like baingan. Instead, it is peeled and grated to cook along with other ingredients.

Ingredients

Lauki (Bottle Gourd) – While buying bottle gourd, make sure that it is firm without any bruises or black patches on the skin.

Spice Powders – This recipe uses basic spice powders such as coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, garam masala powder, and roasted cumin powder.

Oil – Use mustard oil to make bharta for the best taste. You can use any cooking oil or ghee as well.

Others – You will also need cumin seeds, asafetida (hing), red onions, ginger, garlic, fresh tomatoes, green chilies, salt, lime juice, and cilantro (fresh coriander leaves).

Skip adding asafetida for a gluten-free recipe.

You can avoid adding garlic and onions to make a no onion no garlic lauki bharta.

Adjust the green chilies depending on how spicy you want the bharta to be.

Add green peas (matar), spinach (palak), or fresh fenugreek leaves (methi) for an added taste.

How To Make Lauki Bharta

Wash and peel a small lauki. Grate it using a medium grater. You will need 300 g of grated lauki.

Heat 3 tablespoon mustard oil in a pan over medium-high heat.

Once the oil is hot, add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and ¼ teaspoon asafetida and let them crackle for 4-5 seconds.

Cumin seeds and asafetida added to hot oil in a pan.

Add 1 cup of finely chopped red onions and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Onions added to the pan.

Add 2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger and 2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Ginger and garlic added to the pan.

Now add 1 cup of grated tomatoes and 2 teaspoon chopped green chilies and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Tomatoes and green chilies added to the pan.

Add the following ingredients and mix well.

  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Spices added to the pan.

Add grated lauki and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Grated lauki added to the pan.

Reduce the heat to low.

Cover the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring a few times.

Check for salt and add more if needed.

Pan covered with a lid.

Now add the following ingredients and mix well. Serve hot.

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Lime juice, cilantro and garam masala powder added to the pan.
Ready lauki ka bharta.

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Lauki ka Bharta Recipe

Lauki Ka Bharta is a delicious Indian curry prepared using bottle gourd, onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and spices. Make it using my easy recipe.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 300 grams bottle gourd (lauki) (peeled and grated)
  • 3 tablespoons mustard oil (or any other cooking oil)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 1 cup finely chopped red onions
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 cup grated tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (fresh coriander leaves)
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Instructions 

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and asafetida and let them crackle for 4-5 seconds.
  • Add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add ginger and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add tomatoes and green chilies and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, chili powder, cumin powder, and salt. Mix well.
  • Add grated lauki and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low.
  • Cover the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring a few times in between.
  • Check for salt and add more if needed.
  • Now add lime juice, garam masala powder, and cilantro and mix well. Serve hot.

Notes

Instead of grating the lauki, you can cut it into cubes and boil it until soft. Then add it to the masala and mash well.

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 40mg, Potassium: 267mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 622IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 46mg, Iron: 1mg
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