LAUKI( GREEN SQUASH) RAITA WITH INSTANT POT YOGURT . Serve with Steamed rice or Stuffed Paratha

Bottle Gourd ( Lauki)  Raita is simple , easy to make and Delicious side dish for Lunch / Dinner . A perfect Cooler for Warm Weather . Bottle Gourd  ( Lauki) has bland taste and to make it Palatable for Children I combined cooked Lauki with Yogurt and flavored with ginger , Coconut Mixture and tadka .

                         Ayurveda recommends making a batch of fresh Yogurt to be consumed each day which helps in digestion and filled with beneficial bacteria that kills harmful viruses . Spices not only provides Health benefits but also flavor the food. Coconut low in Sodium , High in manganese , no Cholestrol  but high in Saturated fat . You can safely use dessicated coconut in Occasional foods . It is a common Ingredient in Indian Cooking which adds texture and flavor to the Curries. It is commonly used in Stir fries and Desserts . Last but not least Green Chillies slows down the aging process and protects body against free radicals and Cancer . Green chillies are must in Indian Meal to make food tasty and Spicy ( light color green chillies are Zero spicy) . Eating Green Chillies is always better than adding Red chilli Powder to the food . Chillies turn out red after dry and loose their nutrition .Source : HM 

Take a look at the recipe which is prepared with Minimum Ingredients .

RECIPE for 4 .


1.Bottle Gourd ( Lauki) – Medium size  (  Peel Bottle Gourd  and chop into bite size pieces . 

2. Yogurt ( Curd) –  4 measuring cups

3.  Vegetables : Onions – 1/4 th Cup ( Chopped)

4. Tomato – 1 ( Chopped)

5. Curry Leaves- 5

6. Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves

7. Salt as per taste

8. Dry Coconut – 1/4 th Cup

10 . Green Chillies paste  –  3  and Ginger – 2 tbsp ( Mortar and Pestol) 

11.Seasoning – Urad dal -1 tbsp. , Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp. , Mustard seeds – 1/2 tbsp. , Broken Red Chillies – 4


  1. Turn Instant pot on saute mode. When warm add Oil followed by black split urad dal , cumin seeds , mustard seeds , red chillies and Curry leaves. Now add chopped lauki . Season with salt. Close lid. Manual one minute . Open lid . Transfer to a pyrex bowl . Cool before adding curd and other ingredients. 

2. Grind Coconut with Green Chillies, ginger , toasted sesame seeds  and  little Salt . Add to the Yogurt . In a Mortar pestol . 

3. Add finely Chopped onions , tomato , finely chopped coriander leaves , Coconut mixture , Cooked Bottle Gourd ( Lauki) along with SEASONING .  Mix gently . Check for Salt and add accordingly . .


SERVE with Jeera Rice / Biryani/ Phulka / Pulav / Stuffed Paratha

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