Lauki ki Sabzi

Something simple that takes you back in time ~ Lauki ki Sabzi


Sometimes I am in a mood for something simple yet satisfying; something that reminds good old days from my dearest Mom’s kitchen. There are plenty of such food and I did not know where to begin or what to cook. I looked at my refrigerator and saw the firm, vibrant green lauki and it took me back in time. Except my Mom & Dad, all of us in the family hated lauki. Because it was such a simple dish with not too much fuss and needed very few spices. But you know, in that age, we always wanted something more complex, more aromatic etc. But today, I understand it’s simplicity and appreciate it’s flavor, it’s benefits. So, today’s meal is lauki ki sabzi (A side dish of bottlegourd) with roti.


1 medium size Lauki cubed
1 large tomato
2 tsp red chili powder
1 tbsp dhania powder
1 tsp haldi powder
salt to taste
1 tsp jeera
2 -3 tsp oil
Dhania (herb) for garnish

Purée tomato in a blender. If you prefer you can remove the skin by blanching the tomato into boiling water and then purée as well. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add jeera. Then add the lauki and saute for a couple of minutes. Add the spices listed and mix well. Now add the purée, salt, cover the lid and pressure cook it just before the whistle starts to come. Remove from heat and open it after the pressure has settled. Garnish with dhania & serve hot with roti. It’s that simple and takes no time. The tomato purée gives a bit of a tang which makes this dish interesting. Enjoy!

Garam (Hot) lauki ki sabzi with roti ~ my entry for VOW-bottlegourd event

NOTE: We call the liquid in the sabzi as “jhol”. So the name of the dish as my Mom calls it is Jhol ki Lauki
TIP: Instead of tomato purée, you can also substitute it with dahi. Also do not add more water while pressure cooking, because lauki tends to leave water as it is.

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56 Responses to Lauki ki Sabzi

  1. notyet100 says:

    looks delicious…

  2. Priti says:

    Jhol Lauki looks ..wonderful…

  3. Alka says:

    hey nice one,we call it “aeraun tamate mein” in sindhi,with just one change…we add methi seeds(fenugreek seeds)…just few along with jeera,but that gives a heavenly flavor to this subzi
    Btw why don’t u send this one to Pooja of VOW-bottlegourd event?
    bye and take care

  4. sushma says:

    Looks nice. otherwise i dont like lauki

  5. Sonu says:

    hey…what a concidence…!!! I just returned frm market with fresh Lauki(it first time ever I bought Lauki after arriving Australia). My mom often make Lauki subji & Bhakri(Chapati)…I just love it…! it’s simple yet very tasty. ur photographs is always superb…!
    BTW,today,I am going to make Sandesh mithai, of course, it inspired from u…!So, wish me best of luck as I am going to make Paneer at home first time;):)
    Take care.
    Keep it up Priya.

  6. ranji says:

    lauki sabzi looks delicious priya..well presented..a mild tasting veg with lots of flavor..loved it..u can send this to this months poojas creative ideas-lauki…:)

  7. Mona says:

    It looks delicious. Bottle gourd is comfort food for me. We make a similar curry like yours here or usually have slices of bottle gourd in Dal soups. Will try your version too! Thnx for sharing.

  8. 365DaysVeg says:

    Hi Notyet100, Priti, Alka, Sushma, Sonu, Ranji, Mona. Thanks so much all of you for checking out the post and your thoughtful comments. Thanks for letting me know of the VOW event as well. I am so impressed how you guys know of these events! Impressive.

    Sonu, I am sure sandesh will turn out well. Just add enough lime/lemon juice or white vinegar in one spot of the boiling milk and in about 10 -15 seconds, stir it with a spatula from the bottom. You will immediately see the curds separating.

  9. Bhawana says:

    wow lauki ki sabji looks soooooooooooooooo tasty :). Want to have it with roti and curd :)))))).

  10. Sonu says:

    Hi Dear,
    With ur best wishes and support, my Sandesh turned out very soft,yummy and fantastic…!!! I am so happy with it:D My hubby just loved it…!
    And many thanks for giving me instruction for making Paneer. Home-made paneer is just more delectable than store bought. I always wud make it home.
    Thanks again,
    Keep it up Priya.
    Take care dear.

  11. Pooja says:

    I love lauki for its simple taste , and this kinda curry is my favorite 🙂 .

  12. Sid says:

    Lauki is wonderful – cooked or un cooked
    Try Lauki Ka raita for a great accompaniment to any dinner

    or simple lauki juice to invigorate your metabolism

    Sid- the Maestro down Under

  13. Sid says:

    3 ripe bananas
    1/4 c. vegetable oil
    1 c. sugar
    2 c. flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans

    Mash bananas (overripe make the best bread). Add oil, vanilla and sugar. Mix well. Sift flour, salt and soda together and add to banana mixture with walnuts if using. Mix until flour is blended in but do not overmix.

    Put into loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F. for 45-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then remove to rack to cool completely before cutting.

  14. Madhuram says:

    Nice and easy recipe Priya. I usually prepare it with toor daal. Today I tried Srivalli’s kurma, it tasted good too. I will try your version also. You can also grate it add some masala and stir fry it and use it as a stuffing for parathas. I do this also quite often.

  15. Sid says:

    Then there is Lauki ka Halwa- a winner on the table

  16. padma says:

    this was so tempting…i tried it the other day!!so simple yet so satisfying(as you put it)!!! was a hit with phulka s + onion rings and cucumber (nimbu maar ke)..thank u for ur recipe

  17. Sumit says:

    Hey thanks. I am about to start making it. I hope it comes out good.

  18. maya parihar says:

    lauki is very usefull to us.

  19. Shazi says:

    Yum looks good i have started a DESI fashion and lifestyle magazine and have a food section in it anybody wants to publish their recipes , my magazine is online so anybody can check it out. goto my website, click on Desi Fashion and go through the magazine.Bedisdes that anybody knows the luchoi and aloo ki sabzi recipe i can just taste it and i wanted to cook it but could not find the recipe.

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Thanks so much Shazi. I will do so as per your comment over this weekend. Great job in your media publishing as well.

  20. Shazi says:

    Besides 365 Veg will also be getting the credits if they would like to publish some of their readers recipes and pics also they would have a direct link through the mag

  21. incidentalcooksuman says:

    WOW…love lauki ki sabzi…I also make this pretty much the same way…yours look perfect and delicious…lovely pics…look so tempting!

  22. minarva says:

    intresting.this is so easy.

  23. Akangsha says:

    Hello, I am extremely fond of lauki ki sabzi. I sometimes add a tablespoon of yogurt to it, and I also add onions to my gravy. This dish looks so tempting. I am also going to cook lauki today.

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Thanks Akangsha, what a unique name!
      Lauki is very good for health, especially if you are knowledgeable about yoga, you will know what a mighty vegetable this is.

  24. Moetraye Sen says:

    Looks very nice and tempting.Thinking of trying it today.

  25. Kartik says:

    This was amazing thanks!

  26. really very tasty it was. i was tried and happy.

  27. Mousumi says:

    Thank u for this recipe. I will try this.I always cook louki ki daal. But it’s a great alternetive. Thank u.

  28. Vikas Sharma says:

    Thanks jst made a lauki ki sabji on my own, as no one is at my home & my sister is about to come back from school.
    Its now getting cooked, lets see what happens.
    lol I’m doubtfull about salt….

  29. Himanshu says:

    Thank You very much for this recipe. I really like

  30. Dimbasco says:

    This is an awesome recipe. I’ve tried several others – this is the best one. Thx

  31. pehlirasoi says:

    Tasty louki recipe. will surely post in my blog too.

  32. Gurmeet says:

    Hi,i hate lauki but yesterday i tried your was amazing and simple dish.i loved husband also liked this lauki ki sabzi.thanks for your recipe.

  33. SabaZ says:

    I have been craving to have Lauki ki sabzi since so so many months actually.I somehow never cooked it ever since I came to U.S 2 and a half yrs back.My mom cooks it exactly the same way and I was looking for a recepie just like she does it.Thank u so much for posting this.It is my first time on this blog.I love ur Veggie recepies.Although am not a Vegetarian person and equally enjoy meat but love sabzis and all too.Plus am Preg so u can understand how strong my cravings are if ay these days hehe.
    Am just cooking Lauki and waiting for my hubby to come home.He’s not a lauki fan but I am hoping he loves this one cuz I certainly do 🙂

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Thanks so much Saba. I am very glad you liked the recipe and so so happy that I could help satisfy your craving a tiny bit. WHere do you live, may be if we are closer, I can help in person 🙂

  34. Sushil says:

    Looks great … But shall we cook with or without skin ?
    As you have not mentioned it any where .Though if look at the picture minutely it’s without skin I guess .

  35. serendipity says:

    I always hated lauki, but this dish of yours made me love it.
    Loved your recipe.I added a potato just to make it a little thick.

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