Omega rich Bottle gourd Korma/Kurma

Omega Rich gravy2


This thick korma (gravy) is pure comfort made with tender chunks of bottle gourd with an amazing Omega rich seeds. The chunks are simmered slowly to create a revelation in your mouth. Korma is enhanced by the flavour of tempered onion and cumin seeds.

Health Benefits:

Ayurveda recommends cooked lauki or bottle gourd for better digestion. It is cooling, calming, diuretic and anti-bilious. It is extremely popular for weight loss especially its juice. Bottle gourd is extremely popular for reducing high blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy. It is known to combat excessive thirst in diabetic patients.

Yields: 3-4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • Diced bottle gourd-2cups
  • Diced onion-1medium
  • Turmeric-1/4tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil-1tsp
  • Cumin seeds-1tsp
  • Chopped coriander- to garnish

To Grind:

  • Pumpkin seeds -1tbsp
  • Sunflower seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Sesame seeds-2tbsp
  • Melon seeds-2tbsp
  • Chopped onion-1medium
  • Desiccated coconut-2tbsp
  • Chopped Green chillies-3 (or as per taste)
  • Chopped ginger-1/2inch
  • Chopped garlic-2cloves
  • Fresh Coriander – a handful (stems included)


  • Dry roast Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Melon seeds, desiccated coconut for 2-3 minutes and then allow it to cool a bit. Then blend it to smooth paste along with onion, coriander, ginger, garlic, green chillies by adding some water if required while blending.
  • Heat 2cups of water in a pot or a saucepan and place a colander/steam mesh and steam diced bottle gourd for 8-10 minutes/ until tender.

Omega Rich gravy1

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds as it splutters add onion and saute until translucent.
  • Now add ground paste and cook for 4-5 minutes on a medium high flame.
  • Then add in salt, turmeric, water as per the consistency mix well and continue to cook on a low flame and bring it to boil.
  • Now add steamed bottle gourd and cook until coated well in the gravy and heated through.
  • Turn off the flame and then garnish with coriander

Serve with:

Raagi Wheat and Mint Chapati/Roti

Ragi roti3

Rice flour dumpling stuffed Chapathi

Rice Chapathi9

Oats Semolina Roti

Semolina Oats5


About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on November 19, 2015, in Indian and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Very healthy and interesting recipe dear. Looks so yummy!

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  2. It’s so amazing reading just how healthful and nutritious bottle gourd is, if using the right combination of herbs, spices and food we could keep our health in check. Great Korma, looks delicious.

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  3. wow sounds healthy and delicious!

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  4. Excellent meatless recipe for omega!

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  5. This is such a healthy recipe πŸ™‚

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  6. Yummy I love this πŸ™‚

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  7. This looks good, and your breads always have me salivating πŸ™‚


  8. I do like the literary imagery of “a revelation in my mouth”. Sounds decadent, and maybe illegal in some places. :}


  9. It’s very healthy and delicious recipe..


  10. What a wonderful, healthy dish! It’s great when something good is so good for you!

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  11. Looks super yummy, Chitra! Great way of incorporating bottle gourd in our diet πŸ™‚

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  12. More fascinating foods! I’ve seen gourd recipes before, but haven’t sampled the food. I can imagine the flavor of the spices (and I love coriander)… but not the gourd. Does this one taste rather like pumpkin (based on the other ingredients)?
    You know I loved all the different breads. You’re right — there is no comfort food better than some kind of gravy with bread. Mega hugs! πŸ™‚


  13. This looks wonderful for the upcoming cold winter months, a great hearty comfort food πŸ™‚


  14. How neat… thanks for reminding us that eating in a healthy way is an available and yummy option… best wishes. Aquileana ⭐

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