Dudhi Chi Bhaji / Lauki Ki Sabzi (a Simple Bottle Gourd Recipe )

Bottle Gourd or Dudhi/ Lauki is not liked and or preferred by many. Though its widely used in many dishes all over India, it has not yet come up in the list of most liked vegetables.
This is one of the most simple vegetarian recipes which is prepared almost in every Marathi Household. I have given it a little tanginess by adding tomatoes. But in the original Maharashtrian recipe no tomatoes are added. Here is my version of a quick stir fry recipe.

Picture of : Lauki / Dudhi recipe
1 Bottle Gourd
1/2 Cup Yellow Moong Dal
1 Tsp Jeera (Cumin Seeds)
1 Tsp Rai (Black Mustard Seeds)
1/2 Tsp Hing
1 1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
1 to2 Tsp Red Chili Powder
1/2 Cup water
Oil for cooking (approx 2 tbsp)
1 Tomato chopped (Optional)
Salt to taste
1/2 Tsp Sugar
Soak Moong Dal for half to one hour in warm water. Peel and wash the Dudhi, cut them into cubes and set aside
In a pan or kadhai, heat oil, add rai, jeera, hing wait for a few seconds and add in the Turmeric powder, chili powder and moong dal.
Let the moong dal get sauted well, after a minute add in the Dudhi. Give it a quick mix.
Add water, salt and Sugar. Cover and cook till Dudhi turns soft and is well cooked. Check seasoning.
To make sabji with tomato, pour in little less water, when the Dudhi is half cooked, add in chopped tomatoes. Adjust salt and sugar accordingly.
Serve with Hot Phulkas
Few know, that Lauki or dudhi contains 85 to 90% water and so its easy to digest. Ayurveda recommends lauki for people trying to loose weight as lauki aids in weight loss.