Friday, 15 April 2016

#Summer Cooler Recipe 3 ~ Melt-In-Mouth Lauki Muttar (Bottle Gourd With Green Peas)

Summer Cooler Recipe 3

This is the third in this series of summer cooler recipes that is becoming quite regular in my kitchen nowadays. It is another healthy, easy and fit for summer recipe yet extremely delicious to make you addicted to it. It’s flavourful, melt-in-mouth, without onion and garlic and cooks so fast, a perfect dish to provide you respite from this gruelling heat, at the same time being easy on your stomach. Bottle gourd/Lauki and muttar/peas are combined with some flavourful whole spices and pressure cooked to give a brilliant result. Try it out today….

The way I made it:


  • 1 bottle gourd or lauki around 700 gms chopped
  • 250 gms green peas deshelled
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • ½ tsp kashmiri red chilli powder
  • A pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 1 inch stick of cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf/tej patta
  • ½ tsp methi/fenugreek seeds
  • 2 tsp whole wheat flour or atta mixed with a small cup of water to tighten the gravy a bit
  • Salt and sugar to taste
  • 1 tsp clarified butter/ghee
  • Mustard oil as per requirement


Step 1:

Heat mustard oil in a pressure cooker and when smoky throw in the whole spices along with asafoetida and green chillies. When they splutter add the grated ginger, sauté for a few seconds and add the chopped bottle gourd and peas.

Step 2:

Stir the ingredients together and add turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, salt and sugar. Continue to stir for a few minutes.

Step 3:

Add the water mixed with whole wheat flour or atta. Give a final stir and close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook on low to medium flame for 5 whistles and turn off the heat.

Step 4:

Wait for the pressure to escape and your melt-in-mouth Lauki Muttar is ready. Sprinkle clarified butter/ghee on top. Serve with steamed rice or hot fulkas…the bliss of simple food and also so tasty….

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