Bottle Gourd or Lauki has many properties that are valued in traditional healing.
Low in Calories and Fat:
The bottle gourd is low in fat and cholesterol yet high in dietary fibre.It is rich in iron and also has vitamins C and B complex.
Its high water content makes it very cooling. The cooked Bottle Gourd is cooling, calming, diuretic and easy to digest. It is also effective against constipation and other digestive disorders.
Bottle gourd is very valuable in treating urinary disorders.
Balancing Liver Function:
This vegetable is very good for balancing liver function.
Benefits of Bootle Gourd(lauki) Juice:
The Bottle Gourd juice is used in treatment of stomach acidity, indigestion and ulcers. A glass of lauki juice with a little salt added to it prevents excessive loss of sodium, quenches thirst & helps in preventing fatigue. excessive loss of sodium, satiating thirst and keeping you refreshed in summer. Juice from its leaves is good for jaundice.
Sorakaya/Lauki - 1 cup (chopped)
Tomato - 2 small
Onion - 1 small
Green chili - 1
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder - 1 spoon
Salt - according to taste
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 2 pods
Cloves - 1
Cardamom/elaichi - 1
Oil - 2tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Spring onion - 2 tsp(finely chopped)
Cilantro/coriander - 2 tsp (finely chopped)
1.Peel and wash the Lauki . Chop lauki into 2 inch pieces , onion ,green chili,cilantro,spring onion,garlic.
2.Heat oil in a pan , add onion,green chili saute them until onions are translucent .Add ginger garlic paste and add turmeric.
3.Add lauki pieces,garlic and add salt cook them on medium heat for 5-6 min until the pieces are soft.
4.Add tomatoes,spring onion add red chili powder,garam masala or any masala of your choice (chicken,pav bhaji).
5.Mix all the masala properly and cover the pan and cook it on medium heat for 10 min until the tomatoes are completely cooked.
6.Add water and check for the seasoning , add anything if required.
7.Check the consistency adjust accordingly .Garnish with coriander switch off the stove.
Shorva can be served with roti or steamed rice.