Monday, April 28, 2014

Lauki ke Chilke ki Subji (Bottle Gourd Peel bhaji)

Today I am posting a recipe from Uttar Pradesh. Every day this month I will post a recipe from a different state in India.


Uttar Pradesh is located in northern India. It used to be the most populous state in the country. A few years back it was divided into two. The hilly region of kumaon and its surrounding areas was split to form Uttarkhand.

Last year at work I used to occasionally have lunch with a group of ladies of Indian origin. One of them was from Uttar Pradesh. One day she asked us to taste and guess the ingredients in a vegetable side she had brought. It tasted great but we could not identify the ingredient. Turns out it was the peel of  a bottle gourd. It was laced with besan.

Whenever I find fresh lauki with unblemished skin I reserve the peel and make this bhaji as a second side dish. The besan adds to the flavor. Today I used the peel of two lauki as I was trying to showcase the dish and wanted a substantial amount. The quantity is usually not enough to suffice as a side. You will need another bhaji if you are planning to serve this with poli.

Back to the recipe - my family now assumes this bhaji will accompany the lauki bhaji as I make it so often. No one complains as they love it too.

You will need
2 lauki
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. coriander cumin powder
1/2 cup besan
salt to taste
2 tbs. olive oil

Peel the lauki and reserve the interior for another day.


Chop the peel into tiny pieces.


Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard and cumin seeds. When the mustard seeds crackle add the turmeric powder, coriander cumin powder and the peel pieces.


Cook them on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add salt and besan. Mix it well, cover and cook for a couple of minutes.


Uncover and mix well. Cover and cook till the besan is cooked through.


Serve hot.

This is my entry for day 28 of BM #39 for the state of Uttar Pradesh. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#39.








18 comments:

  1. wow Vardha..what could be more interesting than using the peels..no need to book mark..the recipe is mind marked..will not forget..super!

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  2. never ever heard of this..indeed good way to use the whole vegetable, works specially when we made handvo

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  3. No way, i wont trash lauki peels anymore. Very different and definitely an interesting subji.

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  4. such a beautiful use for the peels which are so nutritious!!! thanks for the recipe..

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  5. That's so wonderfully done..We do make a chutney with the peel both bottlegourd and ridgegourd as well..though it's differently done..adding the besan makes it more like a zunka right..very nice dish..

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  6. I love it. My mom used to make chutney of the most unusual things. I have never tried making this bhaji.... yet! Thanks. My bai is going to think I am craey, more crazy than I am already .

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  7. Very healthy. Full of fiber!! We usually make chutney out of the chilka!

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  8. What an amazing dish using the peels of lauki. It sounds delicious -- will definitely try it out next time I get fresh blemishless lauki.

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  9. Wow!!!such a nice idea to use the peel,sounds very very interesting and inviting..

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  10. no waste here. peel as a side dish.. cool idea.. looks tasty too

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  11. Very nice idea to use peels for the side dish ! Wonderful....

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  12. Oh wow! Never thought of making a subzi with lauki peel. I will be soon having laukis growing in my backyard. Will make this with the peels :)

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  13. Lauki skin subzi is new to me. We make ridge gourd skin curry but not this. Will try this next time I get lauki and even the recipe is so simple and easy.

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  14. This is such a tasty recipe and very new to me!

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  15. wow thats a very interesting and delicious sabji from UP :) lauki skin curry looks very tempting !!

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  16. wow - so unique to use the peels - will definitely reserve and try this the next time I buy lauki

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  17. Interesting way to use the peels instead of trashing them.

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  18. I read the recipe twice to confirm that it is using the peels, what an awesome dish! !

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