Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lau Pachadi

When I was growing up, there were quite a few vegetables that I ran from. Lau (or Bottle Gourd) was on the top of the list. Then I had radish and green papaya and plantain and bitter gourd. Over the years I have developed a taste for most of the vegetables. But I still can't eat Lau or karela (bitter gourd). Of course my mom has ways of sneaking in these vegetables into my mouth and this preperation is one of them. She made this when she was here and I ate it heartily until she said it was made of Lau... Too late I had already said it was yummy!

And while I dislike Lau, my husband loves it. So we have quite a few preparations of Lau at home. This lau pachadi is a quick win for both of us.

Ingredients
Lau peeled and then grated - about 2 cups
1 cup of yogurt
1 tea spoon of mustard seeds
2-3 green chilies
handful of curry leaves
1 inch of ginger grated
salt to taste
1 tea spoon of oil


How To
Take the bottle gourd peel the skin and grate it to get about 2 cups.
Take a pan and heat oil in it. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, green chilies, grated ginger and the curry leaves.
Mix well and add the bottle gourd and salt and cover and cook for 7-8 minutes until the water from the lau evaporates.
Take off the heat, add the yogurt and some water and serve.

This goes well with rice and lasts well in the refrigerator.


55 comments:

  1. Pachadi looks perfect, creamy and yummy!!!

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  2. Great...Bottle gourd is one of those vegetables with which you could do wonders :-)

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  3. never made lau this way..sound yummy..will try soon..lovely pics

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  4. This is really new to me and very healthy indeed

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  5. New dish with bottle gourds,sounds good,and looks delicious too

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  6. Nice way to incorporate bottlegourd in diet.

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  7. Dear Somoo
    Very nice dish indeed
    I have a Lau , and going to cook now.
    Thanks and best wishes

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  8. i also dont have a great liking for bottle gourd.but after delivery ,started eating this veggie.This pachadi is qute new and surely will taste good as u said.

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  9. never made lau this way, this is some what like kadhi :) I enjoy curd preps. I will def. make it soon cause lau is one of our fav. veggie :)
    TC

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  10. the bottlegourd pachadi looks yummy; I do it like a kootu with dhal and spices.

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  11. This sounds and looks very promising Somoo. the only way I had lau, that too after I grew up, was with fish head and bhaja moong daal

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  12. Delicious pachadi, looks creamy and rich!

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  13. Thanks friends. It works well for people who don't like Lauki...

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  14. Never tried pachadi with bottlegourd...sounds gr8....

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  15. I'm not a fan of bitter melon either, but the way you prepared it looks delicious! Maybe one day I will give it a try... once I get over my bad memories of the vegetable!

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  16. Looks so creamy and nice presentation :)

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  17. Somoo .. thank you, thank you soooo much for reminding me of this. This used to be made regularly back home ... but I have never ever made it myself! Only because lauki is cooked into a sabzi here. Am sooooo going to make this soon. :-)

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  18. So creamy & delicious, nice one.

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  19. I only make sambar or aviyal with bottle gourd... never knew such a recipe existed :-)

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  20. Ho Somoo, thanks for clarifying what lau is...I do know it...and I love both Bottle Gourd ( we make it with onions, turmeric and coconut milk) and Bitter Gourd ( we deep fry it in slices and make a salad out of it)... Therefore...I have no doubt i will LOVE this dish...it looks really yummy !

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  21. I am glad you liked it. It has a non bottle gourd eater liking it - so easy to prepare and good to eat!
    Again I didn't make it myself, but enjoyed eating it...

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  22. Very new to me...looks yum...I too run off from many veggies but after marriage things changed a lot...

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  23. Lau pachadi looks yummy, creamy and delicious. Thanks for the lovely recipe.

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  24. Wish i had this pachadi with rice tonight.

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  25. Love these kind of thick curries. Pachadi seems so tasty. must try soon.

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  26. Delicious and healthy pachadi...looks very creamy :)

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  27. I am glad you liked it... So simple right!

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  29. Pachadi looks deliciously inviting!

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  30. Sangeeta - yes simple one...
    Kitchen Queen and Parita - thanks!

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  31. wow! that looks yummy!
    check out the oats series round up and i welcome u to join with us in the Variety Rice series going in my blog!

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  32. Pachadi looks so creamy and rich, never made pachadi with Bottelgourd. Very nice picture:)

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  33. It looks rich and flavorful:)I love karela and can eat it in any form..Unusual I know but I do like it:)This is one I have never tried before..

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  34. Looks perfect, sounds like a comfort meal:)

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  35. Srilekha - yes will do.
    Mythreyi - thanks
    Shri - try it. It is unusual but tasty
    Malar - yes very easy and comforting

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  36. I am always on the hunt for bottle gourd recipes, curious to see how this tastes.

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  37. Rekha - if you like bottle gourd, then this is for you...

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  39. Thnx for d recipe.Usually I don't like bottle gourd.But this looks yummy.I'll definitely try it out.
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