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by Rita Jamshed Kapadia
Known as Bottle Gourd in USA. Doodhi is a vegetable also known as Lauki, Lavki in India. Buy one that has soft skin and if you dig your nail into it, it should leave a mark and feel soft.
Doodhi is very good for diabetes. Drinking it as a juice has been known to lower A1C and blood sugar levels.
Yes, bottle gourd is that seemingly simple but awesome veggie that you buy every other week. Large and longish, green colored on the outside and a soft white inside, this humble gourd is nothing short of a culinary super star. Also known as lauki or bottle gourd, this vegetable is available all over India and is popular in most cuisines. Having a neutral flavour and soft texture, it lends itself to a variety of foods, ranging from juice and soup to dessert too.
This superb veggie, which can be worked into parathas and subzis effortlessly, is also very healthy. So you can comfortably include it in your daily diet without a second thought unless specifically told by your physician not to.
When you are buying doodhi from the market, pick ones that have a smooth skin, are pale green in colour and free of cuts, spots and blemishes. The doodhi should be firm to handle and the flesh should not feel soft when pressed.
Bottle gourd cooks very fast and has a mellow flavour, which makes it popular all over the world. As it combines awesomely with dal and spices, it is used frequently in Indian cooking too, both in everyday food and special dishes.
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Doodhi ni Barfi
- 800 gm Doodhi
- 400 gm sugar
- 200 gm mawa
- Pinch of cardamom
- 0ne drop of edible green color
- 5 tsp chopped pistachios and almonds
- Boil the doodhi for 1 minute
- Put the doodhi in a non-stick pot and then put 400 gm sugar.
- Keep cooking for 15-20 minutes.
- Then put the mava in.
- Add green color and mix well.
- At last spread out in a greased tray.
- Garnish with chopped pistachios and almonds
This is a sample recipe from our cookbooks
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