lauki bharta
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5 from 2 votes

Lauki Ka Bharta

Lauki Bharta- A delicious and easy to make bottle gourd and tomato mash
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Tiffin recipes
Cuisine: Uttar Pradesh Cuisine
Keyword: Bharta, lauki, lauki bharta
Servings: 3 person
Author: anjanaskc


  • 750 gm Bottle Gourd / Lauki
  • 3 medium Tomatoes / Tamatar 350 gm
  • 2 Green chili/hari mirch chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger / Adrak chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder / Haldi Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Kashmiri Chili powder
  • To Taste Salt
  • 4 tbsp Fresh Coriander / Cilantro / Hara Dhaniya
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice / Nimbu Ka Ras
  • Pinch Sugar / Chini optional

tempering/ tadka

  • 4 tbsp Cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp Clarified Butter / Desi Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds / Sabut Jeera
  • 1/3 tsp Asafoetida / Hing powder
  • 2 Dried Red Chili, Whole


  • Wash and peel the lauki/ bottle gourd (try to select tender fresh lauki for making bharta)
  • Discard the hard mature seeds and chop lauki into small pieces.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in the pressure cooker and add the chopped lauki pieces and saute for a minute.
  • Add 1/2 cup water and pressure cook for at least 3-4 whistles or cook till it become soft and mushy.
  • Open the cooker when it cool down completely then drain the water and mash the cooked lauki with a ladle or slightly mash with a hand blender, don't make a fine paste ,just make a coarse paste. (use the drained water in any curry or to make the chapati dough)
  • Heat 3 tbsp oil in a heavy bottom pan and add cumin seeds, when cumin start crackling then add asafoetida and the dried whole red chilies.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes and green chilies, saute for a minute and then cover with a lid and cook till tomato become soft.
  • Now add kashmiri chili powder and turmeric in the tomato mixture and cook till oil start releasing from the sides.
  • Now add the mashed lauki ,salt, sugar and chopped ginger in the prepared tomato puree and cook for at least 5 minute on medium heat. keep stirring it.
  • Switch off the heat and add lemon juice, fresh chopped coriander and ghee in the bharta and mix well
  • Serve hot lauki bharta with chapati or paratha.