Lauki yakhni
Submitted By: D'ana
Region: Indian Dish: Vegetarian - Breakfast/Tiffins/Snacks

Servings: 4

Time to Prepare: 30 Mins

12-15 slices of bottle gourd/opo squash
1 inch cinnamon
1-2 black cardamom
or tsp shahjeera/caraway seeds
tsp dry ginger powder/saunth
1 tsp fennel powder/saunf powder
a pinch of asafoetida/hing
1 cup water
or 1 cup yogurt - dairy or vegan, whisked till smooth (i used cashew yogurt)
1 or 2 tbsp oil for frying the lauki/bottle gourd slices
1 tbsp oil for the yogurt sauce
salt as required
few mint leaves for garnish (optional)

heat oil in a flat pan. pan fry the lauki slices till they are browned and cooked well.
in the same pan or in another pan, heat oil. if there is leftover oil, then just add some extra oil to the same pan so that it becomes approx 1 tbsp oil.
add the whole spices - shahjeera, cinnamon,black cardamoms and fry till the oil becomes aromatic.
now switch off the fire and let the pan stand for 1-2 minutes if its very hot.
add water.
be careful when pouring the water as if the oil is very hot, the oil will splutter.
let the water come to a boil.
add the fried lauki slices, ginger powder, fennel powder, asafoetida and salt.
simmer for 2-3 mins. slowly add the whisked yogurt and continue to stir while adding.
simmer for 4-5 minutes or till the sauce thickens a bit.
serve the lauki yakhni with some steamed basmati rice or saffron rice or kashmiri pulav.

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