Bharwa Lauki

Bharwa Lauki, bland lauki made tastier with a stuffing of low fat paneer mixture and cooked in a spicy tomato gravy.

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Scooped containers of boiled bottle gourd are packed with a flavourful, soft paneer stuffing, and topped with tangy tomato gravy. Known for its good health quotient, bottle gourd becomes all the more desirable in this Bharwa Lauki recipe, as it combines tastefully with protein-packed paneer and Vitamin A and C rich tomatoes.

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Makes 4 servings
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For the stuffed lauki

  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the bottle gourd, in a bowl and mix well. Keep the stuffing aside.
  2. Cut the bottle gourd lengthwise to get two halves and scoop out the centre of both the halves. Cut each half into a 50 mm. (2?) long pieces. You will get approx. 10 pieces in all.
  3. Combine the bottle gourd pieces, salt and enough water in a deep non-stick pan and mix well. Cover with a lid and cook on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes or till the bottle gourd pieces are cooked. Drain well and keep aside to cool slightly.
  4. Divide the paneer stuffing into 10 equal portions and stuff each piece of bottle gourd with a portion of the filling. Keep aside.

For the tomato gravy

  1. Combine the tomatoes and 1 cup of water in a deep non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes. Allow it to cool slightly and blend in a mixer till smooth. Keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a non-stick kadhai, add the cinnamon and cloves and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  3. Add the tomato mixture, ginger-green chilli paste, coriander-cumin seeds powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, sugar and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Just before serving, place the stuffed bottle gourd pieces on a serving plate and pour the hot tomato gravy over it.
  2. Serve immediately garnished with coriander.
Nutrient values per serving
EnergyProteinCarbohydratesFatFibreVitamin AVitamin C
93 kcal 5.0 gm 11.7 gm 2.9 gm 2.8 gm 785.1 mcg 26.0 mg
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 on 21 Oct 14 10:05 AM

This recipe tastes amazing.. so different from the normal lauki subzis.. The filling of paneer with the tomato gravy tastes amazing.. Its an amazing combination..
 on 07 Oct 14 12:25 PM

A bit time consuming, but worth the effort to get a healthy stuffed bottle gourd subzi. The gravy really tastes superb!!
 on 25 Jul 14 12:18 PM

Awesome recipe, i made little change in a gravy that is added curd-besan mixture and it tastes great...must try recipe...thanks a ton.
 on 21 Jun 13 01:40 PM

Amazing recipe... Those who dont like to eat lauki its a must try... My husband just lived it... Thanks tarlaji u have enhanced my cooking skills
 on 16 Nov 10 07:35 PM

Bharwa Lauki has been a part of my normal cooking for the family.Its delicious,the roundels in the sauce are delight to the eye and best of all, it is LOW Cal.What more do I need?