GHIYA/ LOUKI KA RAITA/BOTTLE GOURD RAITA

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GHIYA/ LOUKI KA  RAITA/BOTTLE GOURD RAITA /घीया/लौकी का रायता

Raita is curd or yoghurt-based condiment or side dish served with the main course. In fact, no Indian meal is completed without curd or raita. The raita can be prepared by adding fruits, vegetables, nuts and savoury snacks like boondi or moongra. Any of the above ingredients are added to the whisked curd to prepare raita. Pepper and roasted cumin/jeera powder (BHUNA JEERA-PUDINA MASALA) are good friends to raita. They are added for the good digestion and earthy flavours. Both curd and bottle gourd/ louki have a cool effect on the stomach so highly recommended to consume during the summer season. Sharing the recipe of louki/ghiya ka raita to my readers is a pleasure

Preparation  time – 5 min
Cooking time – 5 min
Total time – 20 min
Type – Side dish/Dip/Condiment
Cuisine – North India
Author – Bharti Dhawan

INGREDIENTS REQUIRED

• Louki/bottle gourd/ghiya/doodhi- 1 small sized
• Thick curd – 400 gms /2 cups
• Water to boil grated louki – 1and1/2 cup
• Salt – to taste
Roasted cumin-mint powder – 2 tsp
• Black pepper powder – 1 tsp
• Pumpkin seeds – Some for crunch and topping

METHOD

1- Peel and grate louki/ghiya

2- If the grated louki is one cup then add one and a half cup of water to a saucepan and keep for boiling at medium flame

3- It will take 5 minutes to soften the grated louki. Drain the water through a sieve and add chilled water
* Chilled water will stop the overlooking and retain the green colour of bottle gourd

4- Whisk the curd and add salt, pepper and roasted cumin powder. Drain the water from cool louki and squeeze to get rid of extra water

5- Add the louki to the curd and top with some pumpkin seeds. These seeds give a pleasant crunch

6- I love this raita with JEERA RICE OR GOBHI-MATAR PULAO

Notes
Don’t discard the water after boiling louki. Use it in other preparations as it contains lots of nutrition

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