Bottle Gourd Raita 2 (Yoghurt), Salt Free, Easy Method
Lauki ka Raita 2
Lauki raita was a popular dish in our house during my childhood. It has somehow lost its popularity these days. It contains no salt or spices. In our house, it was served as a 'prasad', a blessed food offering, after Hawan prayers on Dussehra, the festival to celebrate the victory of God Rama over the bad king Rawana of Lanka. We ate it with one of these Indian sweets;Boondi Laddoo or Coconut Burfi or Milk Barfi. Serves 4
Lauki or Dudhi or Ghia, botanical name Lagenaria siceraria, is a North Indian Sweet Gourd, also known as Bottle Gourd or White-flowered gourd or Calabash gourd. It is from Cucurbitaceae or cucumber family. It is light green in colour, it's texture a bit crisper than the ordinary marrow. When fully mature, its fibrous texture is used as Loofah.
250 gm. lauki, peeled and grated coarsely
500 gm. carton of fresh natural yoghurt (no salt is added)
Boil grated lauki in minimum quantity of water or microwave cook on full power (800-100), with 2-3 tablespoons of water, for 5-6 minutes
Drain and cool completely. Squeeze out excess water by pressing between two palms.
Add lauki to the lightly beaten yoghurt. If yoghurt is too thick, you can use milk to thin it to custard like consistency.
Serve chilled with laddoo or barfi.
Raita can be served in the usual way also, with other Indian dishes, as part of a meal. In this case, add salt, chilli powder to taste and 1/2 tsp. roasted and coarsely ground cumin seeds (dry roast the cumin seeds on a griddle and grind coarsely in a mortar) to the yoghurt. Beat lightly .
It can be garnished with chopped coriander leaves and chopped green chillies when served with a meal.
Also see Raita Selection.