This recipe is very simple and satvik in nature i.e. no onion-garlic is used in the making. Just minimum spices and little oil, gives a wonderful sweet-ish taste. I only add green chilies for hotness, you may add some red chili powder to combat the sweet taste of lauki.
What you need?
- 1 medium sized lauki (ghia/dudhi) , washed and peeled
- 2-3 medium potatoes, washed and peeled
- 1-2 green chilies, chopped
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- ¼ tsp black pepper powder
- ¼ tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp salt OR to taste
- 1 tsp oil or ghee
- ¼ cup water or more
- Handful of fresh coriander leaves for garnish
How to make?
Dice potatoes in small cubes, and soak them in warm water for 4-5 minutes to let go of the excess starch. Chop lauki into small cubes and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker (** see notes if cooking in a pan). Add in cumin seeds. When they splutter, add in chopped green chilies and fry for like 8-10 seconds.
Add in all the remaining ingredients, mix well. Cook till 2 whistles. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with roti/Paratha/puri etc.
If cooking in a pan, use about ½ cup of water and cook for 30-35 minutes covered with a lid. Keep the size of the lauki and alu cubes small and of same size to allow them cook evenly.
Don’t chop and keep lauki aside for too long else it would start getting black. Chop it just before adding to the pan/cooker.
You may substitute the black pepper with red chili powder but I like to retain the original taste of lauki.
If you like such simple and healthy dinner recipes, why not try this
satvik- Jain style methi alu sabzi.