Lauki - 1 meduim, cut in cubes
Red Chilly - 4
Garlic - 3 pods
Onions - 1/2 medium (diced)
Peanuts - 1/4 cup
Sesame Seeds - 2 tbls
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp.
Oil - 2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Mustard seed- 1/2 tsp
Boil all the lauki pcs with reqd. salt in 1 cup of water till they are cooked. Take care that they do not get mushy.
In a pan put 1 tsp of oil and fry lightly the onions,garlic,red-chilly, sesame seeds and peanuts.
Blend the roasted mixture in a blender adding some hot water and making a paste.
In a pan, add the remaining 1 tsp. oil, then the cumin and mustard seeds. Then add the blended mixture and cook on low flame for a couple of minutes.
Add the turmeric powder,red-chilly powder and some salt (keeping in mind the lauki is salted) and fry this mixture for about a minute more. Then add the lauki pcs, cook the sabji in medium flame for about 3-4 minutes and remove from heat.
Lauki pehli is ready.
(check the dish photo in www.oriyanari.com)
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