Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lauki- Soya Kadhi

In my eternal quest to cook something that is child friendly - husband's taste bud friendly - my way of eating friendly I am often found scourging the internet for interesting recipes. But sometimes it also happens that in addition to the above constraints, I also have constraints such as - to finish of a vegetable/ ingredient thats been in the fridge too long, to use up some small portions of things etc.

That's how I ended up with this beautiful, lauki-soya kadhi - one that I did not expect to turn out the way it did, but was so grateful for it. I find lauki to be such a versatile vegetable - one that you put into any dish and spruce up well enough- and it tastes fairly good!

My MIL and ILs infact just cannot understand how I so easily have integrated that into my cooking - a vegetable they found largely suitable to the climate and taste of the northern side of the country!

I'm so sorry, I did not take any pictures of my food. But please don't let that stop you from trying this one out:


1 medium lauki (bottle gourd) - peeled and cubed (the seeds can stay)
Sour curds -1 cup
2 tablespoon - besan (chickpea flour)
Soya Nuggets 1 cup
Dhania powder, jeera powder & amchur - a pinch each
Oil - two teaspoons
Jeera - for tempering
Salt to taste
sugar - 1 tablespoon

In a small pressure cooker - I heat the oil & added the jeera to sputter. To this I added the chopped lauki and the soya nuggets straight from the box. I added about 3 cups of water, about a pinch of turmeric and closed the cooked. After about 4 whistles I turned off the cooker.

Meanwhile in my small mixie jar - I combined the curds, besan, coriander powder, jeera powder and amchur, salt and sugar and whizzed till there were no lumps.

Once teh pressure cooker had cooled off, I tipped in teh whizzed mixture into the cooker, keeping the flame on low. I allowed the mixture to thicken and served it with dal parathas.

In Bangalore, sometimes it feels like winter these days. This was perfect for one such day - and I tucked into it eating it straight from the bowl. In fact I carried it to work next day and ate it as a cold soup and it tasted sooo good!

This is a keeper for me. I'll definitely be making this again! Maybe I'd add some kasuri methi to just add to the deliciousness of the dish.

Will you try this?


  1. sounds tasty and pretty quick to make too, will definitely try this.

  2. I make this all the time except that I dont add soya nuggets cause soya aggravates my thyroid. I agree its a yum recipe


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