Stuffed Bottle Gourd ( Bharvan Lauki )

 

Stuffed Bottle Gourd or Bharvan Lauki is one of the popular dish from Banaras in which lauki stuffed with paneer, potato, onion, dry fruits and spices and served in rich and creamy tomato based gravy. You can serve bharvan lauki with laccha paratha or garlic naan as main course. Stuffed lauki is one of the best ways to serve lauki in shahi or royal form for your guests or friends.

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Lauki is one of the lowest calorie vegetables carrying just 14 calories per 100g. It is one of the vegetables recommended by the dieticians in weight control programs. It helps in relieving indigestion and constipation problems.

Bottle Gourd is also a modest source of thiamin, niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, manganese and magnesium.

Here you can check more lauki recipes: Lauki ka Raita, Lauki ke Kofte, Lauki ki Kheer, Lauki ki Barfi, Lauki Ka daalna, Dhoodi Dalcha and More.

I shared stuffed bottle gourd recipe under theme of stuffed recipes for blogging marathon monthly series hosted by Srivalli.

 

 

What we needed to cook bharwan lauki:

For Lauki Stuffing

1 Bottle Gourd (Lauki)

1/2 Cup Grated Paneer

1/2 Cup Potato, Boiled and Mashed

1/4 Cup Onion, Chopped

2 Green Chilies, Chopped

2 Tbsps. Coriander Leaves, Chopped

Few Cashews, Broken

Few Raisins

Salt to Taste

1/2 Tsp. Coriander Powder

1/2 Tsp. Raw Mango Powder

1/2 Tsp. Yellow Chili Powder

3 Tbsps. Oil

 

For Shahi Gravy

2 Cups Chopped Tomatoes

1/2 Cup Onion, Sliced

1 Tsp. Ginger Paste

2 Tbsps. Oil

Salt to Taste

1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder

1/2 Tsp. Coriander Powder

Red Chili Powder to Taste

1/2 Cup Fresh Cream

2-3 Cloves

1 Tsp. Cumin Seeds

2 Green Cardamoms

3-4 Black Peppercorns

 

How to Cook Stuffed Lauki

For Stuffing

Combine crumbled paneer, mashed potatoes, green chilies, coriander, spices, raisins and cashews in large bowl and mix well. Keep aside.

Wash and peel the lauki, cut into halves and scoop out the center. Combine the bottle gourd pieces with salt and enough water in a deep pan and cover with lid. Cook on a medium flame for 5-10 minutes or till to tender. Drain well and keep aside to cool. Stuff each piece of lauki with filling and keep aside. Heat the 3-4 tbsp oil in non-stick pan and cook the lauki pieces on a medium flame till to little golden. Drain and keep aside to cool. Cut the lauki pieces into roundel shape.

Heat the oil in same non-stick pan, add cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns and onion. Sauté till to golden brown. Add tomatoes and ginger paste and sauté few seconds. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook on medium flame till to soft, cover with lid. Allow to cool slightly and blend in a mixer till to smooth consistency. Keep aside.

Add the tomato mixture, chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, salt and mix well. Cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes. Add fresh cream and 1/4 Cup of water and again cook for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add stuffed slices of lauki into gravy.

Garnish with coriander and fresh cream and serve immediately with naan or paratha.

 

 

 

 

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Bharwan Lauki or Stuffed Bottle Gourd Gravy

Bharvan Lauki is one of the popular dish from Banaras in which lauki stuffed with paneer, potato, onion, dry fruits and spices and served in rich and creamy tomato based gravy. You can serve bharvan lauki with laccha paratha or garlic naan.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 People
Author Preeti Garg

Ingredients

For Lauki Suffing

  • 1 Bottle Gourd (Lauki)
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Paneer
  • 1/2 Cup Potato, Boiled and Mashed
  • 1/4 Cup Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Green Chilies, Chopped
  • 2 Tbsps. Coriander Leaves, Chopped
  • Few Cashews, Broken
  • Few Raisins
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/2 Tsp. Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Raw Mango Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Yellow Chili Powder
  • 3 Tbsps. Oil

For Tomato Gravy

  • 2 Cups Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Onion, Sliced
  • 1 Tsp. Ginger Paste
  • 2 Tbsps. Oil
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Coriander Powder
  • Red Chili Powder to Taste
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cream
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • 1 Tsp. Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Green Cardamoms
  • 3-4 Black Peppercorns

Instructions

For Stuffing

  1. Combine crumbled paneer, mashed potatoes, green chilies, coriander, spices, raisins and cashews in large bowl and mix well. Keep aside.


  2. Wash and peel the lauki, cut into halves and scoop out the center. Combine the bottle gourd pieces with salt and enough water in a deep pan and cover with lid. 

  3. Cook on a medium flame for 5-10 minutes or till to tender. Drain well and keep aside to cool. 

  4. Stuff each piece of lauki with filling and keep aside. 

  5. Heat the 3-4 tbsp oil in non-stick pan and cook the lauki pieces on a medium flame till to little golden. 

  6. Drain and keep aside to cool. Cut the lauki pieces into roundel shape. 

For Tomato Gravy

  1. Heat the oil in same non-stick pan, add cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns and onion. Sauté till to golden brown. 

  2. Add tomatoes and ginger paste and sauté few seconds. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook on medium flame till to soft, cover with lid. 

  3. Allow to cool slightly and blend in a mixer till to smooth consistency. Keep aside.

  4. Add the tomato mixture, chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, salt and mix well. Cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes. 

  5. Add fresh cream and 1/4 Cup of water and again cook for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add stuffed slices of lauki into gravy.

  6. Garnish with coriander and fresh cream and serve immediately with naan or paratha. 

 

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11 thoughts on “Stuffed Bottle Gourd ( Bharvan Lauki )

  1. This is a fantastic recipe Preeti. The whole presentation looks so inviting. We mostly use the vegetable in subzis and sometimes as pakodas, never stuffed it, must surely try this!

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