Sunday, April 3, 2016

Lauki Ki Bhujia (Bottle Gourd Stir fry )


Assalamo Alaikum,


Narrated Ishaq bin ‘Abdullah bin Abu Talha:

I heard Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu) saying, “A tailor invited Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) to a meal which he had prepared. ” Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “I accompanied Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) to that meal. He served the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) with bread and soup made with gourd and dried meat. I saw the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) taking the pieces of gourd from the dish.” Anas (radiallaahu `anhu) added, “Since that day I have continued to like gourd.”

Our Beloved Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) loved Lauki so thats why i love it and additionally this has lots health benfits too.Bottle gourd (Lauki) is one of the least calorie vegetable, providing just 14 calories per 100g.Bottle Gourd facilitates easy digestion and movement of food through the bowel until it is excreted from the body. Thus, it helps in relieving indigestion and constipation problems.In addition, the vegetable is also a moderate 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.(source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/bottle-gourd.html)

With all that said now we should get to our recipe that is very easy and simple yet delicious.Me and husband really enjoy it with hot chapatis but goes great with plain Basmati rice and Daal also.


Recipe:

Lauki Ki Bhujia

Ingredients:

Lauki (Bottle Gourd) 1 medium size

Onion sliced 1 small

whole dried red chili 1-2

salt to taste

oil 2 tbsp


Recipe:

Heat oil in a wok and then add whole red chilli fry for bit

then add sliced onions fry until golden brown,take out using slotted spatula set it aside
peel and cut the bottle gourd into cubes ,here you can a easy method i have used to cut that is after peeling i cut lauki in halves and place them on a cutting board cut side down



then cut them first vertically and then horizontally to form cubes ,in this way you can cut a lot in less time.

then add the cubed lauki in same oil and cook on high for 2-3 minutes , then add salt and brown onions cook for another 2-4 minutes

 cover and cook on low heat  until tender ,if you feel there is lot of liquid cook uncovered on high until water has dried up a bit.



Serve with hot chapatis and enjoy!!