Posts Tagged ‘bottle gourd’

Bottle Gourd (Lauki) Skin Chutney


1 Lauki skin only grated (fine side of grater)

2 tsp sesame seeds

2 tsp dry grated coconut

salt to taste

1-2 green chillies

curry leaves

for tadka: oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asofeotida, turmeric powder

If you are making lauki subji, instead of throwing away skin, grate it using a grater and put it in ample water, so that it does not discolor. In a frying pan make tadka (standard, oil, mustard-cumin seeds, asofoetida, turmeric powder, curry leaves and add cut green chillies to taste). Squeeze out water from the grated lauki skin and add it to the tadka. Keep stirring on medium flame, until the water is dried and it looks toasted. Add sesame seeds, dry grated coconut and salt to taste. Keey stirring and toast the mixture for another 5-10 minutes. When it looks nice light brownish color, chutney is done.

This is a dry chutney, tastes amazing, nice way to not waste the skin. You can also make similar chutney (exact same receipe) from snake gourd skin. That comes out amazing as well.


By Priya Vaidya



Tofu Spinach Paratha


7-8 cubes hard tofu
1 cup spinach puree or finely chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1 green chilli
1/2 tsp amchur powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder (optional)
1/4th cup very finely chopped onion (optional, with onion the dough leaves water, you need to be careful)
fresh cilantro chopped
2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 tsp oil
salt to taste
Water to mix the dough

Instead of paneer I tried tofu parathas with spinach and they came out nice and tasty.


Crumble the tofu with hand or you can blend it with spinach into paste. Add the rest of the ingredients and knead dough to roll out parathas.

YOu can also add 1-2 tsp soya bean powder (you get in indian store, good for protein supplement) anytime you make any parathas or even plain rotis.

Also add avocados if you want to, to the dough.

By Priya Vaidya