Doodhi, Lauki or gourd is known to lower A1C and blood sugar levels.

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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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Aug 8, 2013, 12:32 pm

Yumm! I cant wait to try this one out!


Aug 8, 2013, 11:35 pm

Is this for 1 Kg of Meat /Chicken….?


Aug 8, 2013, 10:15 am

Thanks Jayant, there was a typo error and I had not added the meat/chicken. Yes. 1 kg of either chicken or any other meat. Some Parsis like a lot of meat on their plates. 🙂
For a vegetarian dodhi, feel free to omit it. It still tastes good.


Sep 9, 2013, 9:26 pm

Amazing! I made it and my husband loved it… I kept some of the dodhi in chunks and it was so tasty, absorbed the masala so well. Thank you very much!


Sep 9, 2013, 10:35 pm

You are welcome! The whole point about this site is that people enjoy cooking and eating parsi food. You just made my day.

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Jun 6, 2018, 9:29 am

What an informative post Rita!


Oct 10, 2018, 8:40 am

Thank you so much Sandhya ❤


Oct 10, 2018, 9:38 am

Hi Parizad – did you get a chance to try recipe out ? Rita aunty 🙂


Oct 10, 2018, 9:39 am

You are welcome Ujwala.

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