Lauki Tamatar

Ghiya ki sabzi

Lauki Tamater/ Bottle gourd with Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms lauki
  • 2 medium size tomato , finely chopped
  • 1 medium size Onion, finely chopped
  • 2/3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • ½   tsp red chili powder
  • ½   tsp turmeric powder
  • a Pinch of asafetida (Hing)
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2/3 tsp salt or/ salt to your taste

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and peel the lauki/ bottle gourd, slice off the top and bottom tip and cut it into small
cubes, soak in water till used later.
Step 2.

In a wok/ kdahi heat oil, add cumin seed, when it crackles , add asafetida and fry tll it turns pink. Add chopped onions,fry till onion turns golden brown.

Step 3.

Add the spices,coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder and mix with the oil and fry them for few seconds more.

Step 4.

Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook covered for eight to ten minutes on low flame or until they become soft and blend with spices.

Step 5.

Add cubed lauki/ bottle gourd pieces, salt and one cup of water and mix everything together, close the lid turn the heat to low flame.

Step 6.

Add more water if needed and cook till lauki is cooked well, once you have the desired consistency turn the stove off.

Step 7.

Serve hot, garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Note:
Bottle gourd/ lauki is a bland vegetable, try to cook with other ingredients and combination, to make this dish delicious. For variations cook lauki with onion masala or to cook lauki with channa Dals / Lentils.

 

Health benefits of lauki / Bottle gourd:

Bottle gourd, also known as lauki or doodhi in India is a popular vegetable used in dishes all across the country. One of the famous health benefits of the vegetable is that it is easy to digest and great for those suffering from digestive problems. However, lauki has more health benefits than one and here are some of them.

  1. Aids digestion

People suffering from constipation should eat bottle gourd as it is high in fibre and helps clear the food stuck in your colon. Additionally, juice made out of bottle gourd also helps in the treatment of acidity as it is alkaline in nature. Read about more home remedies that can cure constipation. 

  1. Great for weight loss

Bottle gourd is one of the best foods you can have if you want to lose weight as it is 96% water, and a 100g serving contains as little as 12 calories. The high fibre content will take care of your hunger, and keep you feeling full. Here is a sample weight loss diet for your reference.

  1. Helps treat urinary disorders

Bottle gourd has a cooling effect on your body, and a glass of bottle gourd juice is a great diuretic that can be used to treat burning sensation while passing urine. This burning sensation is caused due to high levels of acid in the urine, which can be countered by the alkaline nature of bottle gourd juice.

  1. Refreshes you during summers

Just like cucumber, bottle gourd too has a high amount of water which keeps you hydrated during summers. Drinking a glass of its juice will ensure that you do not face loss of sodium, fatigue or extreme thirst while you are out in the sun. This makes it great for people whose jobs require them to travel in daylight.

  1. Prevents heart disease

Unhealthy lifestyles are leading to several cases of heart disease in urban India. So much so that, 70% of the urban population is at risk of heart disease due to wrong lifestyle choices like eating fried and processed foods, smoking, etc. Like a lot of fruits and vegetables, bottle gourd has zero cholesterol and is rich in Vitamins like Vitamin C and antioxidants making it good for your heart.

  1. Reduces stress

It is quite easy to feel stressed in today’s times, and unhealthy eating can only worsen the situation. Bottle gourd has a high water content has a cooling effect on your body which makes you feel better the very moment you take it. It also has diuretic, sedative and antibilious properties which makes your body feel better internally, and keeps stress at bay. Read more about how you can combat stress.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-lauki-dudhi-bottle-gourds-sa114/

Lauki / Bottle Gourd Koftas

Lauki kofta

Lauki /Ghiya / Bottle Guard Kofta

 Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves : 5-6

Ingredients:

For Koftas:

  • 750 gms lauki /ghiya / bottle gourd
  • 1/2 cup of besan / gram flour
  • 1/2 tsp of red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp hing / asafetida
  • 1/4 tsp carom seeds/ Ajwain
  • 1/2 tsp of salt /or salt  to taste
  • 12 kishmish pieces
  • Oil for deep frying

For Gravy:

  • 3 medium size onions, cut in to small pieces
  • 4  medium size tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp  turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp of coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp  red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
  • 2/3 tsp Salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped for garnishing
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 12 Cashews, powdered
  • 1/2 cup plain curd/yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

 Method :

For the Koftas:

 Step 1.

Take the bottle gourd / lauki and peel it and grate it fine.Squeeze out the excess water and put the lauki in to a mixing bowl . Add the chilli powder, salt, Ajwain, besan and hing, mix well .

Step 2. 

Make small lemon-sized balls with this mixture and make a small dent with yor thumb in the center to place a kishmish close it up and make the ball smooth.

Step 3.

Heat the oil in a frying pan.On medium hot flame, fry the koftas until golden brown all over.  keep turning to cook evenly.

Step 4.
Drain and keep aside.
For the Gravy:

Step1.

Heat oil in a pan add add the chopped onions.When onions turn translucent and starts to turn light golden brown , add the turmeric powder, coriander, chilli powder and salt.

Step 2.

Fry  for two three minutes,until the masala is well cooked and fragrant and is blended well with the onions .

Step 3.

Add the tomatoes and about 1/2 cup of water.Bring to boil and simmer until the tomatoes are soft (about ten minutes). Cool the mixture to room temperature.

Step 4.

Puree this mixture in a blender and return to the pan.  Bring to boil, and add the cashew powder and whisked yogurt . Mix well, adjust salt if required.

Step 5.

Remove from fire. Over cooking at this stage, after adding the yogurt is not recommended.Over cooking will spoil the texture of the gravy.

Step 6.

Add gently the koftas into the gravy and let it sit for half an hour or so before serving. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves with all Indian breads.

 

Health benefits of bottle gourd/lauki:

This South Asian bottle gourd is bottle shaped, light green and long. The flesh inside is spongy. Bottle gourd or lauki is over 90% water therefore it is easy to digest.

It contains many vitamins and minerals, such as, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, C and folate.

It is extremely popular for weight loss. Especially the bottle gourd or lauki juice.

Bottle gourd is extremely popular for reducing high blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy

Lauki or bottle gourd is known to combat excessive thirst in diabetic patients.

The fiber and the minerals in the bottle gourd or lauki supports healthy digestion and combats flatulence and combats constipation.

Bottle gourd is recommended by Ayurvedic doctors for reducing liver inflammation.

Ref. http://beautyhealthtips.in/amazing-10-health-benefits-of-bottle-gourd-lauki/

 

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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

Yummy Lauki / bottle gourd

Ghiya Malai

Yummy lauki / ghiya/ bottle gourd Ki Sabzi

Hi friends ! Bottle gourd, also called lauki / Ghiya or /doodhi, is a vegetable that is probably known in India for its delicious preparations. Here is a simple, easy to cook and delicious recipe of lauki / ghiya/ bottle gourd / Doodhi . You will try it once, it will remain on your party menu for ever!

Recipe Servings: 4

Recipe Cook Time : 30 minutes

Level: Easy

Course : Main, Vegetable dish

Cuisine : Indian , North Indian

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms lauki / ghiya/ bottle gourd, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp jeera /cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup milk cream
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 level tsp salt or/ salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp cashew nuts, roasted and ground
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves fresh /hara dhania finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

 Method:

 Step 1.

 Heat the oil in a wok / kadahi and add the jeera, when jeera begins to splutter, add the cut Lauki pieces , salt and stir continuously over high flame, till the Lauki cubes looks a bit glossy.

Step 2.

Cover and cook on low flame till lauki is tender, stirring in between a few times.

 Step 3.

Add the cream, ground cashew nuts mix well and cook for two minutes more, till well blended. Serve hot garnished with, black pepper powder, chopped green chilies, coriander leaves with any Indian bread of choice!

Health benefits of Lauki /Ghiya /Bottle gourd:

In fact, traditional healers recommended consumption of this bottle gourd to treat various conditions. Here are some of its benefits you must know.

Aids digestion: People suffering from constipation should eat bottle gourd as it is high in fibre and helps clear the food stuck in your colon. Additionally, juice made out of bottle gourd also helps in the treatment of acidity as it is alkaline in nature [1].

Great for weight loss :Bottle gourd is one of the best foods you can have if you want to lose weight as it is 96% water, and a 100g serving contains as little as 12 calories. The high fibre content will take care of your hunger, and keep you feeling full.

Helps treat urinary disorders: Bottle gourd has a cooling effect on your body, and a glass of bottle gourd juice is a great diuretic that can be used to treat burning sensation while passing urine. This burning sensation is caused due to high levels of acid in the urine, which can be countered by the alkaline nature of bottle gourd juice.

Refreshes you during summers: Just like cucumber, bottle gourd too has a high amount of water which keeps you hydrated during summers. Drinking a glass of its juice will ensure that you do not face loss of sodium, fatigue or extreme thirst while you are out in the sun. This makes it great for people whose jobs require them to travel in daylight.

Prevents heart disease: Unhealthy lifestyles are leading to several cases of heart disease in urban India. So much so that, 70% of the urban population is at risk of heart disease due to wrong lifestyle choices like eating fried and processed foods, smoking, etc. Like a lot of fruits and vegetables, bottle gourd has zero cholesterol and is rich in vitamins like vitamin C and antioxidants making it good for your heart [3].

Reduces stress: It is quite easy to feel stressed in today’s times, and unhealthy eating can only worsen the situation. Bottle gourd has a high water content has a cooling effect on your body which makes you feel better the very moment you take it. It also has diuretic, sedative and antibilious properties which makes your body feel better internally, and keeps stress at bay.

Warning: Even though, bottle gourd is really good for your health, it can sometimes be bad. Bottle gourd juice that tastes bitter can seriously damage your digestive health according to a study published in Indian Journal of Gastroenterology in 2011.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-lauki-dudhi-bottle-gourds-sa114/

Nick’s kitchen Medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition, Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

Mung dal with Lauki

Moong dal giyawali

       Mung dal with Lauki/bottle gourd

Hi friends! Mung dal with Lauki/bottle gourd is a delicious combination of lauki and lentils. It is a delicious Indian recipe served Indian cuisine.

Preparation Time : 10-15 minutes

Cooking time : 5-8 minutes

Servings : 6

Cuisine North Indian

Course Dals / lentils

Level Of Cooking Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 (500gms approx) bottle gourd small (lauki/Ghiya),peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup husked green gram dal (dhuli moong dal),soaked for 3-4 hours
  • 1 big size Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 “piece Ginger/ adrak, finely grated
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds/ geera
  • 2 tsp Coriander/ dry dhaniya powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or Salt to taste
  • 750 ml water
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil/ pure ghee
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped – (for garnishing)

Method

Step 1.

Wash well and soak the Moong dal in three glasses of water for 3-4 hours (same water is used while cooking the dal). keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil/ ghee in the pressure cooker, asafetida, when turns pink, add cumin seed, when cumin starts to splutters add coriander powder. Fry for few seconds (do not let it turn dark brown) .

Step 3.

Add the moong dal with three glasses of water to this seasoning. Add the lauki cubes, salt, turmeric powder, chili powder and grated ginger to it. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook till the full pressure is formed ( after the first whistle, switch of the heat). let it cool.

Step 4.

Heat ghee (clarified butter) in a thick bottom pan, fry onions till golden, put gram masala fry for a few seconds.

Step 5.

Add this seasoning to the dal and mix well. Garnish it with fresh finely chopped coriander leaves.

Step 6.

Serve hot with boiled rice, pulaows or geera rice and all the Indian breads.

Note: Moong dal is cooked in many different ways in India. This recipe with the goodness of lauki/ Ghiya/ bottle gourd is very delicious and a healthy recipe.

Health Benefits of Yellow Mung dal:

1.It is good source of protein and dietary fiber.

2.It is low in fat and rich in potassium ,calcium and B complex vitamins.

3.It is easy to digest and not like other pulses which are heavy for digestion.

4.Dietician always recommend to eat fibrous lentils at least three times a week.

5.The fiber in these lentils help to decrease high cholesterol.

6.Mostly this dal is cooked for sick persons in home as it is easily digestible.

 Possible health benefits of Bottle gourd /lauki/Ghiya:

In fact, traditional healers recommended consumption of this bottle gourd to treat various conditions. Here are some of its benefits you must know.

Aids digestion: People suffering from constipation should eat bottle gourd as it is high in fibre and helps clear the food stuck in your colon. Additionally, juice made out of bottle gourd also helps in the treatment of acidity as it is alkaline in nature [1].

Great for weight loss Bottle gourd is one of the best foods you can have if you want to lose weight as it is 96% water, and a 100g serving contains as little as 12 calories. The high fibre content will take care of your hunger, and keep you feeling full.

Helps treat urinary disorders Bottle gourd has a cooling effect on your body, and a glass of bottle gourd juice is a great diuretic that can be used to treat burning sensation while passing urine. This burning sensation is caused due to high levels of acid in the urine, which can be countered by the alkaline nature of bottle gourd juice.

Refreshes you during summers: Just like cucumber, bottle gourd too has a high amount of water which keeps you hydrated during summers. Drinking a glass of its juice will ensure that you do not face loss of sodium, fatigue or extreme thirst while you are out in the sun. This makes it great for people whose jobs require them to travel in daylight.

Prevents heart disease: Unhealthy lifestyles are leading to several cases of heart disease in urban India. So much so that, 70% of the urban population is at risk of heart disease due to wrong lifestyle choices like eating fried and processed foods, smoking, etc. Like a lot of fruits and vegetables, bottle gourd has zero cholesterol and is rich in vitamins like vitamin C and antioxidants making it good for your heart [3].

Reduces stress It is quite easy to feel stressed in today’s times, and unhealthy eating can only worsen the situation. Bottle gourd has a high water content has a cooling effect on your body which makes you feel better the very moment you take it. It also has diuretic, sedative and antibilious properties which makes your body feel better internally, and keeps stress at bay.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-lauki-dudhi-bottle-gourds-sa114/

Nick’s kitchen Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition, Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

Bottle Gourd Raita

Lauki /Ghiya / Bottle gourd Raita 

bottle-gourd  ghiya raita 3

Hi friends! Here is a simple, delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt/curd/Dahi  containing grated steamed bottle gourd and spices.

 Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Prep Time: Under 15 minutes

Course: Main,side dish

Serves: 4 people

 Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Curd / Yogurt or 500 gms curd/ yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Ghiya (lauki)
  • 1tsp Cumin (jeera roasted and powdered) powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp yellow mustard powdered
  • 1/2 tsp salt/ or salt to taste

Method :

Step 1.

Grate ghiya with a grater,keep aside.

Step 2.

Boil grated ghiya in three cups of water till soft (6-7 minutes), drain in a strainer and cool it.

Step 3.

Mix the curd with a beater. If curd is thick mix little milk.

Step 4.

Now add salt, cumin powder and pepper powder in the beaten curd.Fold in the boiled ghiya, mix well.

Step 5.

Keep refrigerated till served.Sprinkle powdered mustard on it.

Step 6.

Serve ghiya raita chilled  as a side dish with boiled rice, rice pulaos, chapattis, parothas, and all other Indian breads.

Cooking tips

A bowl of fresh curd and veggies (Raitas)is a great accompaniment to lunches and dinners.  Add sour curd to salads which make it taste better.

Sour curd is added to vegetable curries instead of tomatoes to make it rich and delicious.

Health benefits of curd:

Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.

Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.

Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.

Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.

Ref.http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/9-reasons-curd-is-great-for-your-health/

Health benefits of bottle gourd/lauki:

This South Asian bottle gourd is bottle shaped, light green and long. The flesh inside is spongy. Bottle gourd or lauki is over 90% water therefore it is easy to digest.

It contains many vitamins and minerals, such as, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, C and folate.

It is extremely popular for weight loss. Especially the bottle gourd or lauki juice.

Bottle gourd is extremely popular for reducing high blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy

Lauki or bottle gourd is known to combat excessive thirst in diabetic patients.

The fiber and the minerals in the bottle gourd or lauki supports healthy digestion and combats flatulence and combats constipation.

Bottle gourd is recommended by Ayurvedic doctors for reducing liver inflammation.

Ref. http://beautyhealthtips.in/amazing-10-health-benefits-of-bottle-gourd-lauki/

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

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