Friday, February 5, 2010


I am very happy and excited that I am writing my 101st post today.Last night I made this lauki/bottle gourd raita with sweet and sour karela.I just love this raita and can have it with anything.So here is the recipe.

Lauki/Bottle Gourd 1 Pound
Plain Curd/Yogurt 2 Cup
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Whole Red Chili 1
Asafetida 1 pinch
Mustard Oil 1 tbsp
Black Salt 1/2 tsp

1. First peel off the skin from lauki and wash it.Now grate the lauki and cook it with a little water(you can pressure cook it if you want for 1 whistle) till it's done.
2. Let it cool down then squeeze all the water from lauki with your hands.
3. Beat curd in a bowl till it becomes smooth then add black salt,salt,boiled lauki in it.Mix all the ingredients together.
4. For tempering heat oil and add whole red chili,cumin seeds,asafetida in it.Let the seeds crackle then add it in the curd and cover it immediately.Lauki raita is ready to serve.

Note: Don't throw the water squeeze out from lauki.You can use it to knead your dough or use it make your dal/curry.