Doodhi/Lauki/sorekayi/bottle gourd – Saagu

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I steam cooked  the chopped zucchini with French beans until tender and crunchy – mashed a few cooked veggies and smothered it in a delicious curry sauce made with spices.

This Doodhi/bottle gourd sagu/curry recipe was one meal I was pretty excited about. I wanted something hot and spicy for lunch and all I had in the fridge, vegetable wise, was some limpy looking Bottle gourd.

This sauce is legendary, by the way – I used it for this incredible set dosa recipe a few weeks ago. It was just a fabulous/delicious combo, it can work as a base for any curry you can think of.

Yields-3-4 servings
Preparation time-15 minutes
Cooking time-20 minutes


  • bottle gourd-1medium (washed and diced ) (I retained the skin of the gourd but it can be peeled if desired)
  • French beans-chopped-1/2cup
  • Frozen peas-1/4cup
  • Diced bell peppers/capsicum-1num
  • Chopped onion-1medium
  • Oil-2tsp
  • Mustard seeds-1tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Lemon/lime juice- to taste

For the sagu masala:

  • Oil-1tsp
  • Cinnamon stick-1
  • Cloves-4-5
  • Coriander seeds-1tbsp
  • Cumin seeds-1tsp
  • Pepper corns-6-8
  • dessicated coconut-1/4cup
  • roasted channa dal/dahlia-2tbsp
  • green chillies-3-4
  • fresh mint leaves-1/4cup
  • fresh coriander leaves-2-3sprigs

For garnishing:

  • Chopped fresh coriander


  • Steam cook bottle gourd and French beans until tender- (approx~8-10minutes) and set aside

For sagu masala:

  • Meanwhile prepare the masala for sagu.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan/kadai add green chillies, cinnamon, cloves, pepper corns,cumin seeds, coriander seeds and fry until fragrant/2-3minutes on a medium low flame. Once fried allow it to cool.
  • Now grind the fried ingredients with coconut, mint, coriander, roasted dahlia to coarse paste by adding some water and set aside.

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For Sagu:

  • Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan/kadai add mustard seeds as it crackles , add onion and saute until translucent.
  • Add bell peppers/capsicum, peas and fry for 4-5minutes.
  • Add ground sagu masala and cook until the mixture leaves oil/thickens slightly and then add steamed bottle gourd, beans, salt, water ( I used the stock from the steamed bottle gourd, beans) mix well, cover and let it cook for 8-10minutes, stirring ocassionally.
  • Once the curry/sagu attains the desired consistency and turn off the flame.
  • Stir in lemon/lime juice ,garnish with fresh coriander.

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  • Serve hot with

Set dosa

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Brown rice dosa


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  • Fresh coconut can be used alternatively to desiccated coconut
  • Combination of vegetables can be personalised as per the taste
  • I retained the skin of the bottle gourd – feel free to peel and chop it before steaming.
  • Adjust the consistency of sagu by adding extra water/vegetable stock .
  • You can easily substitute pumpkin/squash or any of your favourite veggies. The “curry” part of this recipe is flexible. Use your favorite curry powder, garam masala, or any spice mix.

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 February 1, 2016, in Indian and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 46 Comments.

  1. Very nice…the flavours must heavenly 🙂

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  2. Thehungryballer

    Personally I hate lauki, but this looks delicious, makes me want to eat it 😀 Thanks for posting.

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  3. The green color is so deep and beautiful! This sounds delicious, love how you turned a limpy looking vegetable into such a gorgeous dish!

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  4. Mr. Militant Negro

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  5. I love the colors in the dish! I’m sure it was divine. The bread (set Dosa?) looks yummy too.


  6. The colour of the Saagu is just awesome. I love a good medley of vegetables. 🙂 The set dosa looks awesome too.


  7. this looks yummy i got to try this one there is one recipe that i have pinned in pinterest the botttle gourd and chana ki dal recipe it is also very popular in Peshawar pakistan that is where my family lives


  8. Looks so flavorful, healthy and beautiful dear!

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  9. This looks so good! Beautiful dish Chitra!

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  10. The photo is gorgeous and the color is amazing. It sounds delicious. I’ve never had that type of gourd but think I would love to give it a try, it really looks like an incredible meal.


  11. Agree with Mary! You managed to make a humble veggie look so grand, Chitra 🙂

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  12. drooolicious, indeed – great word

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  13. Wow! Doodhi is not really my fav, except for the halwa, but I think i will add this saag to the list!


  14. drool… looks super yum:)


  15. Oh, I love all of this! Why am I reading just before lunch? When can you get over here and help me cook?


  16. Love the flavors here.


  17. Your recipes are always very healthy Chitra 🙂 Will try this soon!

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  18. This looks and sounds very delicious Chitra 😀

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  19. Chitra, I love the sagu masala! Looks so yummy!


  20. So rich in flavor,must try this healthy Saagu Chitra…


  21. This looks delicious dear. Love it 🙂


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