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10 Best Bottle Gourd Recipes

   |  Updated: June 21, 2017 12:37 IST

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10 Best Bottle Gourd Recipes
Here are our 10 best bottle gourd recipes.

Did you know that bottle gourd, popularly known as lauki across most Indian households, is believed to be one of the first plants to be cultivated in the world? Interestingly, one of the primary uses of the vegetable was to make containers to store water. It is cultivated in most tropical and subtropical regions such as countries in Asia, Europe, Africa as well as America.

Lauki bears a neutral flavour on the palate and is easy to cook with. With an exciting play of desi masalas and other condiments, it can be transformed into many spectacular dishes. People in southern China use varieties of bottle gourd in preparing soups and stir fries. In Central America, the seeds are dried, roasted and eaten. The seeds are also ground and used in preparing many traditional delicacies.

If you can't think of a good reason to include bottle gourd in your daily diet, its numerous health benefits will make you embrace it whole-heartedly. Lauki juice has long been hailed by health experts for it medicinal properties. Experts suggest consuming bottle gourd juice as it acts as a hydrating agent reducing excessive body heat - it has close to 90% water content. Lauki is also great for the stomach and light on digestion. It aids in treating conditions like diarrhea, constipation and insomnia. Apart from this, lauki juice also helps in taming high blood pressure, maintaining healthy heart, facilitating weight loss and managing diabetes better. Its anti-inflammatory properties help in curing liver and kidney inflammation.

A little bit of creativity can result in some lip-smacking preparations that can wow your family. Scroll down for our 10 best recipes.

1. Stuffed Lauki
Recipe by Chef Roopa Gulati

Blanched bottle gourd, marinated in lime, stuffed with cottage cheese and baked beautifully.

2. Lauki Ki Yakhni
Recipe by Chef Aruna Sharma

Here's an interesting spin to regular lauki. Cook it the Kashmiri way and you'll have a cracker of a preparation.

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3. Bottle Gourd Mussallam
Recipe by Chef Marut Sikka

Bottle gourd is marinated and stuffed with potatoes, doused in a delectable gravy.

4. Ghiya ke Kofte
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

Dumplings made from lauki are cooked to perfection in a flavourful gravy.

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5. Lauki ka Daalna
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

Here's a sweet and savoury treat for you. Lauki cooked with spices, herbs with an exciting addition of milk and a dash of sugar.

6. Doodhi ka Halwa
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal

Bottle gourd or lauki is also known as doodhi. Here's a sweet treat for you, a simple and easy to make halwa comprising bottle gourd, margarine and nuts.

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7. Ghiya Chana Dal
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

One of the classic preparations all across North India, here's a hearty blend of channa dal cooked along with lauki pieces.

8. Sauteed Lauki with Curry Leaves
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani

Lauki along with onions and green beans are sauteed with a mix of herbs and spices.

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9. Ghiya Malaiwala
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

Bottle gourd cooked in a desi flavours with a dash of creamy addition. This cream style ghiya recipe is a hit on the dining table.

10. Handvo
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

A traditional Gujarati recipe, Handvo is a savoury cake made of a combination of lentils, rice, bottle gourd, buttermilk, herbs and spices.

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