Bottle Gourd or Lauki is extremely beneficial for keeping our heart healthy. Consuming lauki juice twice or thrice in a week will support in maintaining a healthy heart and will also regulate blood pressure. Drinking lauki juice is believed to help lose weight. Bottle gourd is loaded with iron, vitamins and potassium.
It also helps reducing stress, treating sleeping disorder, preventing premature greying of hair, improving skin quality, and great digestion.
Here, I have tried to create an interest flatbread using raw bottle gourd with all its juice.
- 2 cups Multigrain Flour
- 2 cups of Grated Bottle Gourd
- 2 tsps. Cumin Seeds
- 1/4 tsp. Asafetida Powder (hing)
- 1 tsp. Red Chili Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Garam Masala
- 1/2 to 1 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper (optional)
- 1 to 2 tbsps. Fresh Coriander (finely chopped) (optional)
- 2 medium Green Chilies (finely chopped)
- Olive Oil to cook the flatbread
Raw Bottle Gourds
Peel off the bottle gourds, using a sharp kitchen knife or a peeler.
Cut them into two vertical halves to check from inside plus for the thick and ripened flesh.
Grated bottle gourd (using a sharp hand grater).
Place the multigrain flour in a mixing bowl. Add half of all spices -asafetida, cumin seeds, red chili powder, garam masala, and salt to it. Combine well.
Add grated bottle gourd and rest of all the spices to it.
Combine well to form a smooth dough to make flatbread or paratha.
Take a lemon size ball of the bottle gourd dough. Roll it into an even round circle. Cook from both the sides on a low-medium heat.
Our bottle gourd paratha is ready to serve with yogurt, pickle, or any curry of our choice.
We can also pack them in butter paper and/or foil for later use. These stay very soft and flavorful.
Notes: I tried creating these bottle gourd parathas for the first time. To my surprise, these turned out to be super soft, flavorfu, and delicious.
I served these with my homemade sweet and sour tomato soup at the dinner time. May make an excellent breakfast with a bowl of yogurt.