Lauki Raita or Bottle Gourd Yogurt is a very healthful side dish. It is easy to create using fresh yogurt, boiled bottle gourd, and a few common spices.
It‘s low in calories, hydrating, and rich in fiber. Great for weight loss and digestion. Goes well with rice preparations and/or any kind of Indian meal.
- 1 small Lauki or Bottle Gourd
- 1 and 1/2 cup Fresh Plain Yogurt
- 1/4 tsp. Black Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Roasted Cumin Powder
- 1 tsp. Olive Oil
- 1 pinch Asafetida
- 1/4 tsp. Cumin Seeds
- A good pinch of Red Chili Powder
Wash the bottle gourd.
Using a peeler, peel the bottle gourd. Then carefully, grate it on a plate.
Grated bottle gourd.
Place the grated bottle gourd in a steel or heavy bottom pan. Add 1 tbsp. of water. Adjust the heat to low-medium. Cover the lid and let it cook for 10 minutes until nice and tender.
Transfer the cooked bottle gourd to a bowl. Let it completely cool down to room temperature.
Add it to the plain yogurt.
Gently, combine them together.
Add black salt, salt, roasted cumin powder, and the seasoning. To prepare the seasoning, heat the oil and add Asafetida, cumin seeds, and red chili powder.
Mix well and it’s ready to serve. We may also refrigerate it for 20 to 30 minutes before serving it in summertime.
Our delightful Lauki Raita or Bottle Gourd Yogurt!
Topped with an extra roasted cumin powder.
Notes: Lauki Raita is a summer special yogurt recipe. Very soothing and comforting to the gut. Apart from bottle gourd, black salt, and roasted cumin powder imparts an absolutely delightful flavors to it.
Today, I served it with Rajma or Kidney beans curry, and mixed cabbage curry. I personally like this Raita with the freshly cooked Basmati rice.
Sometimes, I season it with asafetida, mustard seeds, curry leaves, and whole red pepper.