I try to eat and cook only what is in season, so I only shop at the farmers market for my fruits and vegetables. You will always find some kind of squash in season. Most of the summer and almost through the fall season, you will get opo squash in the market. It is easy to clean and very nutritious, so I try to include that in our diet as I can, be it in the form of a salad, curry, Soup, Parantha( Indian flat bread) or even dessert. Although it is very good for you, it can be very bland testing and needs some dressing up.
Typically you will find Lauki made with some sort of lentil, or in a form of a kofta. This recipe is none of that, it is very simple and easy to make. I also like the fact that it does not have onion or garlic and hence can be a nice addition to a dinner plate with other curries with onion, garlic.
For last night’s dinner I made egg curry which had onion and garlic, so I made the lauki majedar to compliment it.
1 lauki ( squash)
1 tbsp Panch Phoran
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 inch ginger
1 green chili
1 roma tomato
Cilantro for garnish
1/2 tsp ghee ( optional)
Peel and chop the squash in fine dice. Chop tomatoes in small pieces. Chop ginger in fine pieces. Chop green chilies in fine pieces as well.
Heat oil. Add panch phoran, turmeric saute for 10 secs. Make sure that the panch phoran does not burn otherwise the methi might start tasting bitter.
Add ginger and green chilies, saute for 10 secs.
Add the chopped tomatoes and saute for 20 secs.
Add chopped squash and mix well. Add salt to taste and cover. Cook on low flame until cooked.
Add the ghee if using.
Garnish with chopped cilantro.