Lauki Raita is a simple yet fulfilling side made with grated bottle gourd. It is a healthy side dish to have with biryani, pilaf or any flavored rice. Made within minutes and with simple ingredients, this raita can be served along with curries!.
Peel and grate the lauki. If the seeds in the center of the lauki are large in size, remove them before grating.
Preparing Lauki in pressure cooker
Add the grated lauki, salt and water to the pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 0 minutes (1 whistle for stovetop pressure cooker or to cook in a saucepan, boil till lauki is tender and cooked. Cover with a lid for faster cooking)
Quick release the pressure. Immediately strain the water from the lauki using a strainer.
Keep the strainer under running cold water for 30 seconds, so the lauki does not overcook. Press the lauki between your palms to remove excess water. Keep aside.
Making Lauki Raita
Whisk the yogurt till it is smooth and creamy.
Add the grated lauki, green chili and seasoning into the yogurt. Stir well.
Serve chilled and garnish with cilantro before serving
Vary Seasoning: Some options are adding a pinch of black salt, garam masala, Variations: Add grated cucumber to this Lauki Raita. Leftover cooking water: After you strain the cooked lauki, the leftover water can be used to make dough or dals.