When you too much lauki on hand- this is something you can try.
1 medium sized Lauki, cubed
1 tbsp sambar powder
1 lemon-sized tamarind ball, soaked in hot water and the pulp extracted
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 to 1 tsp Methi seeds
1 tbsp Chana dal
2 dried red chillies, crumbled
1 – 2tbsp Rice flour, as a thickening agent, dissolved in about 2-3tbsp of water
Heat the oil, add the seasonings. Once it splatters, add the lauki and saute it.
Add sambar powder and saute till the raw smell is gone.
Add the tamarind water and cook for about 10 min.
Add the rice flour mixture and cook for about 5min or until the kuzhambu is thick.
You can also use drumstick and other berries in this recipe. But the all-time favorite is this one here.
Judgement: It tasted great as always- for some reason I thought laukis would turn sweet but thankfully they tasted amazing
PS: A halloween horror story about these good ol’ cousins of cucumber. Well take this bit of news with a pinch of salt, especially since its on TOI.