Dudhi Raita (Bottle gourd salad)

October 3, 2006 at 9:12 pm 5 comments

Making anything for my lunch tiffin is a great challenge-Not the cooking part but the ‘What to make and carry part!’ Every previous night I face this dilemma…it has to be something which can be eaten cold, something filling, nutritious, tasty and something that can be cooked very fast-lots of criteria. I usually don’t get enough time to photograph my lunch box. But today I was lucky, thanks to my son who got ready without any hassles.

Lunch is simple; I have to work after lunch! So it has to be light and simple…Rotis, Bhindi subji (okra curry) and Dudhi Raita (Bottle Gourd salad)


For Dudhi Raita

1 ½  cup Dudhi chopped

½ cup fresh thick curd (remove water)

2 green chillies slit lengthwise

½ tsp cumene seeds

½ tsp mustard seeds

1tsp oil

½ tsp sugar

Salt as per taste 

Add salt as required to the Dudhi and cook using as little water as you can. (I use the pressure pan and switch off the gas when the steam is just generated). Don’t overcook it. Drain the water and cool the Dudhi .Don’t throw the water, use it for making Rasam or Dal or making Roti dough. Beat the curd with a spoon to make it homogenous and add to the cooked Dudhi. In a small pan heat oil, add the mustard seeds, once they crackle, add the Cumene seeds and last add the green chillies. Add this tadka to the Dudhi curd mixture. Add sugar and mix nicely. Adjust the salt if required.

Serve cold! I had no choice but to carry it without refrigeration for lunch but Dudhi Raita tastes better cold.No accompaniments are required. It tastes best on its own.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. shilpa  |  October 3, 2006 at 9:48 pm

    Thats a very nice lunchbox idea Madhuli :).
    Please let me know if you have any such ideas for kid’s lunchbox also. (even if u had posted it before, you can send a link to me). Thanks

    @Thanks Shilpa.Will let you know

  • 2. Asha  |  October 5, 2006 at 6:01 pm

    Your dudhi raita looks soo delicious!! Thanks you for that!!

    @thanks Asha.i really appreciate your comments

  • 3. tony  |  October 7, 2006 at 11:57 am

    How do u like dudhi kheer.. I am more a sweet lover

    @that’s a nice idea too tony..we usually make dudhi halwa for sweet

  • 4. Shaifali  |  April 3, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    great stuff here….i love to cook new stuff…..its really nice that you took the pains to share such good recipes…keep them coming…..

    @Thanks Shaifali and that’s a lovely name>.What does it mean.Thanks a lot for those encouraging words.

  • 5. anitha  |  July 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    well i did not had any vegetable except for dudhi. so I was searching for a baji for chapati. That was the dinner menu. So I stumbled upon your recipe. Prepared it in a jiffy. Very yummy. saved my day


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