Lauki Bottle Gourd Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
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Lauki / Bottle Gourd Curry - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Lauki or Bottle Gourd Curry prepared in an onion-tomato base with ginger, garlic and spices.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: North Indian
Keyword: authentic, easy, instant pot, pressure cooker
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegan
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Servings: 3
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Meeta Arora


  • 2 Bottle Gourd (Lauki) cut into small about 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 4 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 1" inch Ginger finely chopped
  • 1 Green Chili Pepper (optional) Bird's eye or another variety
  • 1 Onion large chopped
  • 2 Tomato large chopped
  • 1 tsp Dry Mango powder (Amchur) or 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Cilantro to garnish


  • Start the instant pot in sauté mode and heat oil in it. Add cumin, ginger, garlic and green chillies.
  • Once the garlic has turned golden brown, add the chopped onions and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes, spices and salt. If anything is stuck to the bottom of the pot, scrape it. If needed, add 2-3 tbsp of water and deglaze the pot.
  • Add the cut Lauki pieces and stir well. Press Cancel and close lid with vent in sealing position. (see notes)
  • Change the instant pot setting to manual or pressure cook mode at high pressure for 6 minutes. When the instant pot beeps, do 10 minutes NPR which means release the pressure manually after 10 minutes.
  • Stir the curry and garnish with cilantro. Lauki curry is ready to be served with roti or rice.


  • If you are making Lauki in a stovetop pressure cooker, give one whistle and it would be done.
  • If your instant pot is shown BURN in the past, add 1/4 cup of water and deglaze the pot before pressure cooking. You might have to put the instant pot on sauté at the end to reduce the liquid. 


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1608mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 14.1% | Vitamin C: 23.3% | Calcium: 3.5% | Iron: 6%