Bottle Gourd Raita | Lauki Raita

Lauki Raita

Bottle Gourd Raita/Lauki Raita is a yogurt-based side dish from Indian cuisine. Particularly, Mustard flavored Lauki Raita is very famous in Bihar, India. Raita goes very well with any Indian meal. As you know, bottle gourd is low in saturated fat and cholesterol but high in dietary fiber, water content, vitamins, and minerals. This dish is really nourishing and super healthy to add in your daily meal.

This recipe requires minimal ingredients and very less effort. The main Ingredients for this dish is bottle gourd, yogurt, and coarsely grounded mustard seed. Personally, I like the spiciness and the tangy flavor of this dish. So, I usually add lots of green chilies to make it hot and use mustard oil and ground mustard seed powder to give it a strong flavor. If you don’t like spicy food and mustard flavor, it’s totally okay to skip these ingredients.

Raita is not the main dish. We serve as a side dish with some spicy curry or biryani. However, I serve it as a main dish because I make it spicy and flavorful that does not require any other main dish. This mustard flavored raita can be served with chapati, rice, or quinoa.

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Prep. time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Serve: 4

Ingredients:

  • Bottle gourd/lauki: 1 pound
  • Yogurt: 1½ cup
  • Garlic: 1tbsp
  • Green chili: 2 or as needed
  • Tumeric: 1 Tsp
  • Salt: 1 Tsp
  • Ground mustard seed powder: 1 Tsp
  • Mustard oil: 1 tbsp
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Let’s begin: How to Make Mustard Bottle Gourd Raita with step by step photos

  • Chop bottle gourd into fine pieces.
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  • In a pan, add the chopped bottle gourd, salt, and turmeric.
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  • Mix them well.
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  • Now turn on the flame. Cover the pan and cook the bottle gourd for about 10 minutes on low heat.
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  • In 10 minutes you will see bottle gourd has gotten soften and released some water. It’s time to turn off the flame.
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  • And immediately add all rest of the raw ingredients (garlic paste, green chili, mustard powder).
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  • Mix them well, cover them, and let them rest for about 10 more minutes.
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  • Add yogurt and mix them. Now, raita is ready to serve.
  • Taste it and if needed, add more salt or make it spicier to reach the desired taste.
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Serve Mustard Bottle Gourd Raita as a side dish or a main dish with chapati, rice, or Quinoa

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Enjoy!!

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