Ghiya ki sabji recipe with step by step pictures: Bottle gourd cooked with onion, tomatoes, and spices along with spicy lentil dumplings called Punjabi Wadi or Amritsari Wadi, makes absolutely delish ghiya ki sabji. Ghiya is sabji is often considered bland and boring. But it can be pepped up so well with some Punjabi wadi. However, if you do not have these wadis, you can skip it. The recipe makes tasty lauki ki sabji without the wadi too. Although vadi adds a peculiar flavor to the dish.Lauki vadi can be served with simple phulkas and chilled yogurt for a comfort meal.
Amritsari Wadi: The Amritsari vadi can be found at your local grocers or even online. Make sure to get the spicy and flavorsome ones and fresh vadi.
Bottle gourd: Use fresh and tender bottle gourd.
Onion tomato: Onions have been chopped and used and tomatoes have been pureed and used.
Spices: The very basic spices i.e. salt, red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder have been used.
Flavors and garnish: Vadi adds a lot of flavor to the lauki vadi. Therefore, as such, no other flavoring agent has been used. However, lemon juice is a must, and sabji should be garnished with some chopped coriander. I always use the roots of coriander too. It has a lot of flavors.
If you are not fond of lauki and are looking for some delish ways of adding the same to your diet, do try our collection of lauki recipes. If you are looking for more gravy recipes with lauki, you might like lauki ki sabji, lauki chana dal, or lauki ke kofta ki sabji. There are a number of more delightful recipes in the collection.
Serve it hot with hot phulkas for a weekday lunch.
1.This recipe serves 4 persons.
2.In a pressure cooker heat 2 tbsp of mustard (sarso) oil.
3.Crush the vadi and add to the hot oil. Fry on low flame till aromatic, it will take a couple of minutes.
4.Remove it on a plate.
5.Add 2 chopped onions in the same oil.
6.Cook till the onions are soft.
7.Next add salt to taste, 1 and 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 2 tsp coriander powder, and ¼ tsp turmeric powder.
8.Cook the spices for a minute.
9.Next add in 3 pureed tomatoes.
10.Cook till the oil oozes.
11.Add 1 chopped bottle gourd and fried vadi.
12.Mix well and cook for 2-4 minutes.
13.Add ½ -3/4 cup of water.
14.Pressure-cook it till one whistle on a high flame. Thereafter reduce the flame and cook for a couple of minutes more.
15.Let the pressure release. Thereafter open the cooker. Check ghiya ki sabji for seasoning and consistency.
16.Add chopped coriander.
17.Also add in lemon juice.
18.Serve hot. Bon appetite!
PREP TIME 15 minutes
COOK TIME 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME 35 minutes
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