Masala Lauki Ki Sabji

5 from 4 votes

Masala Lauki Ki Sabji

Lauki is a simple and healthy vegetable side dish that is also known as opo squash, or Bottle Gourd. Lauki is a staple vegetable in most Indian homes because of its many known health benefits. The vegetable itself is rather bland, so I love manipulating its flavor. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 medium size lauki peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces (will make about 4 cups)
  • 2 medium size tomatoes (finely chopped - will make about 1 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp oil (canola or vegetable)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/8 tsp asafetida (hing)
  • 2 Tbsp besan (gram flour)
  • 1/8 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi)
  • 2 tsp coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 tsp shredded ginger (adrak)
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped green chili
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro (hara dhania)


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Oil should be moderately hot. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil. If the cumin seed cracks right away, the oil is ready.

  2. Add the cumin seeds, asafetida, and fenugreek seeds stir for few seconds. Lower the heat add the besan (besan gives the light aroma and thickness to the gravy) and stir for few seconds. Add coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric, ginger and green chili stir for few seconds then add tomatoes and salt. Increase the heat medium high. Cook stirring until spices start leaving the oil this should take about 3-4 minute.

  3. Last add lauki and about 1 cup of water and let it cook until lauki is tender. This should take about 10 to 12 minutes. 

Recipe Notes

Notes: lauki can take longer in cooking and more water depends how tender the lauki.

Serving suggestion: Masala Lauki can be served with Roti or paratha, or  dal paratha




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18 thoughts on “Masala Lauki Ki Sabji

  1. Thank you for this lovely video and dish! I am discovering your r wonderful videos for the first time. I think I’ve eaten all the dish by myself!

  2. Does anyone in Australia know of a good substitute for the “lauki” is? I’m not sure of its flavour profile, but it’s a squash of sorts so I’m thinking maybe just Butternut Squash/Pumpkin?

    1. Hi, I just found a website which mentions that lauki is called Calabash in Australia. Hope this helps.

  3. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I make it once a week. Every week! I omitted the besam because I am severely allergic to wheat, barley, lentils, dals and beans. I am a vegetarian. If I could hug you I would! I watch your channel. I have made several of your dishes and I LOVE them!

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