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Besan Stuffed Lauki Curry Recipe - Bharwa Lauki

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Learn how to make Besan Stuffed Lauki Curry | Bharwa Lauki (भरवा लौकी) with an easy video tutorial. Besan Stuffed Lauki Curry is a classic VEGAN and GLUTEN-FREE side dish made by stuffing the bottle gourd with a mixture of besan, peanuts, spices and then served with a rich and creamy tomato based gravy.

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Cozy mood, cozy food:

This Monday is calling for some cozy food. Why cozy? Because it’s dark outside, and when it’s dark my body craves for some cozy stuff. Does that happen to you too?

Oh! That cozy word is an essential word in terms of food! For me, cozy food is something which I grew up eating, and I assume it’s the same for most of us. Isn’t it?

Family treasures:

What we eat mostly in our lives are the family recipes. The recipes which are popular amongst all our family members. These are the recipes which are loved by the majority of our family members. And anticipating the taste of the dish itself makes all of us drool. Every family has such precious and treasured recipes. Isn’t it?

Related: Black Eyed Bean Zucchini Peach Curry

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For today’s recipe, I decided to share my aunt’s famous curry recipe. Everyone in my family is MAD about this curry. This curry was a compulsory dish my aunt had to make whenever she visited my home. She had to make this because she had no escape. She always made this because she knew that everyone would love it. Really, everyone in my family just LOVED the taste of this particular curry.

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Magic makes food delicious:

It’s not like that no one else could make this curry as delicious as hers. It was the love she poured in this curry. I felt this spoonful of love in all her dishes. Yes, the LOVE was an extra ingredient which made her food undeniably unique and most desired. She is one of the best cooks in my family. Everyone says she has magic in her hands.

Her food is our luxury:

Nowadays whenever she cooks something, everyone gets super thrilled. This is because eating her food is a luxury now. Sadly the age has taken a toll on her body, she is not fit as she was. So she doesn’t cook often these days. But whenever someone visits her, she tries to make something for them regardless of her physical condition.

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Her teachings:

During my last visit to India when I visited her, she made this curry especially for me. She is a darling. She knows how to please everyone! 🙂 And I was privileged to help her during cooking and learnt this Besan Stuffed Lauki Curry from her.

Like some of my earlier recipes, this one also waited long enough to appear here. And tada, finally it’s here. So cheers to this.

My aunt was so happy when I told her that I am sharing her recipe on my blog. She said, “I hope your readers would love it”. Well, I also hope the same! 😀

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Let me tell you about this Besan Stuffed Lauki Curry. Lauki is known as Bottle gourd in English. Stuffed Lauki is also known as Bharwa Lauki (भरवा लौकी).

Besan Stuffed Lauki Curry is a classic side dish made by stuffing the bottle gourd with a mixture of besan, peanuts, spices and then served with a rich and creamy tomato based gravy. Oh! Imagine a dish which is stuffed with peanut and besan, and served on a bed of creamy, classic, and spicy gravy. So YUMMY!

This curry will make you love lauki:

I was never a big fan of lauki in my childhood, but this version of lauki curry has completely changed my view. I just LOVE this lauki curry like it’s the best thing ever. So I would say this is a must try for those who don’t like bottle gourd. This twist would definitely change your view of Bottle gourd. And you never know if this would become one of your favorite recipes like it’s become mine. Thus, trying wouldn’t harm. 🙂

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How to make it:

For preparing stuffed Lauki (bottle gourd); it’s first scooped from the center making a hollow cylinder and cut into small roundels. Then a mixture of besan, peanuts, and spices is stuffed inside it. Give it a bake. You can also fry this if you like. It’s because many people including my Aunt, prefer to fry them.

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Make it for your guests:

Stuffed Lauki is a mouth-watering preparation and you can serve this GLUTEN-FREE and VEGAN curry along with some naan, paratha or rice. Make this Lauki curry for a get-together or party and this would sure shine on your dinner table. Mark my words, your guests will tuck into this curry with gusto.

A copybook dish:

All in all, it’s a perfect dish to make your family and friends happy owing to all its loveliness.

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Besan Stuffed Lauki Curry Recipe - Bharwa Lauki [Recipe]

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Besan stuffed lauki curry is a gluten-free side dish made by stuffing bottle gourd with the spicy besan mixture and served with a creamy tomato based gravy.
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(Rating: 4.2 from 103 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
45 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Side Indian 4-6
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
90 calories 1 Serving

INGREDIENTS

For Bottle Gourd Stuffing:
  • 1 large sized bottle gourd / lauki / doodhi
  • 1 cup chickpea flour / besan
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup roasted and crushed peanuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garma masala powder
  • 2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoon dried mango powder / amchoor powder
  • oil for brushing
  • 1/8 cup water for sprinkle or as needed
For Onion Tomato Gravy:
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup onion puree
  • 2/4 cup tomato puree
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric power
  • 1.5 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 cup vegan cream or regular cream
  • 2 tablespoons kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro (coriander) leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup water, or as needed

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare Lauki for Stuffing:
  1. Peel bottle gourd, divide into two pieces. Remove seeds from the center to make a hollow.
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  2. Cut into thick roundels and soak in cold water for 10 minutes.
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  3. After 10 minutes, drain bottle gourd roundels onto a plate and set them aside.
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Make Lauki Stuffing:
  1. Heat a non-stick pan, add besan and dry roast on medium heat until golden brown.
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  2. Turn the heat to low and add salt, chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, fennel seeds, crushed peanuts, sugar, and dried mango powder. Mix well and cook for a minute.
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  3. Sprinkle water and mix well until it turns into a crumbly dough.
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  4. Remove from the heat and transfer it into a bowl. Let it cool slightly.
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  5. Mix well with hands, while mashing slightly. Stuff lauki roundels with the besan mixture.
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Option 1 Baking:
  1. Transfer stuffed roundels onto a baking tray and brush them with oil from both sides. Bake in 180°C pre-heated oven for 20-22 minutes.
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  2. Take them out of the oven, and let them cool slightly.
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Option 2 Frying:
  1. Make flour batter by mixing 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, a pinch of salt, and water. The batter should be of pourable consistency. Dip stuffed lauki in flour batter and deep fry them.
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Make Onion Tomato Gravy:
  1. Heat oil in another non-stick pan, add cumin seeds. When they start to splutter add chopped ginger-garlic. Sauté them for a minute and add onion paste.
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  2. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
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  3. Add tomato puree and cook covered for 3-4 minutes.
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  4. Add salt, chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, and garam masala powder. Mix well until combined.
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  5. Add 1/4 cup of water and cook covered for 5-7 minutes.
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  6. Add vegan cream, chopped cilantro (coriander) leaves, Kasuri methi and mix well. Cook for a minute.
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  7. Add vegan butter and mix well. Simmer for a minute. Remove from heat.
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For serving:
  1. Put some sauce on a serving plate, arrange the stuffed bottle gourd roundels over it and drizzle more sauce on top.
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  2. Serve immediately with garlic naan, tandoori roti, or paratha. Enjoy!
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