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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Bottle Gourd with Yogurt / Doodhichi Koshimbir / Lauki Raita Recipe


Doodhichi Koshimbir (also called Lauki Raita) is a slightly sweet , a bit spicy and a refreshing yogurt based dish made with Bottle Gourd. I am sharing here the Maharashtrian version of this Raita. A complete Maharashtrian thali is incomplete without a koshimbir (raita) . Koshimbir can be made with variety of vegetables and curd and it is generally little sweet. This raita is served as a side dish with some spicy main platter , goes well with Biryani or with Plain Paratha or  Stuffed Paratha and acts as a coolant during Summer.


Bottle Gourd known as Lauki in Hindi and Doodhi in Marathi is cooling , calming and diuretic. It is over 90 % water and hence Ayurveda recommends cooked Bottle Gourd for better digestion. It contains Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus , Vitamin A , C and Folate. Bottle Gourd juice is used for weight loss and to keep our heart healthy.
Source: http://conscioushealth.net/10-health-benefits-of-bottle-gourd-or-lauki-conscious-health-nahid-ameen/



Many people and specially kids do not eat this healthy vegetable, as it is bland in taste. This raita is a tasty and nutritious way to include Bottle Gourd in our daily diet. The recipe is very simple and requires minimal ingredients. The chopped or grated Bottle Gourd is cooked and mixed with curd and then seasoned with curry leaves and chilies. Chilled raita tastes best.

Ingredients:
  • Finely chopped Bottle gourd - 1 cup
  • Curd / Plain yogurt - 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar -1 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
  • Finely chopped green Chilies- 2
  • Few Curry leaves
  • Finely chopped fresh Coriander for garnishing
Method:
  1. Peel the Bottle Gourd and chop finely. You may also grate if you wish too. Now cook the Bottle gourd with very little water and some salt either in a Pressure cooker or in Microwave. I generally place the chopped Bottle gourd in a plate and pressure cook it with my Dal Chawal. 


   2.  Drain the water from the cooked Bottle gourd . Do not discard it, can be used in dal or soup. Let it cool down. Now place the cooked Bottle Gourd in a bowl , add curd and sugar to it.  Mix well.



   3.   Heat a teaspoon of oil in a small pan. Add Mustard seeds to it, when it splutters , add the chopped green chilies and curry leaves. 



  4.  Put off the flame and pour it over the Bottle gourd. Mix well and check for salt. Garnish with finely chopped fresh Coriander leaves and refrigerate the raita for about 1/2 hour before serving.





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