Lauki Mussalam

Bottle gourd cooked stuffed with khoya and masala and served with a rich cashew gravy. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Main Ingredients Bottle gourd, Mawa
Cuisine Indian
Course Main Course Vegetarian
Prep Time 26-30 minutes
Cook time 26-30 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Lauki Mussalam

  • 2 medium Bottle gourd
  • to deep fry Mawa
  • For marinade
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic paste
  • 2-3 tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 cup Mawa (khoya) grated
  • 15-20 Cashewnuts
  • 4 tablespoons Ghee
  • 2 medium Onions finely chopped
  • 5-6 medium Potatoes boiled and mashed
  • 1 inch piece Ginger chopped
  • 4 Green chillies finely chopped
  • a few sprigs Fresh coriander leaves
  • 8-10 Almonds blanched and halved
  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower seeds (charoli/chironji)
  • 2 tablespoons Raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon juice
  • For gravy
  • 1/4 cup Cashewnut paste
  • 2 tablespoons White butter
  • 1/2 cup Fried onion paste
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 cup Yogurt whisked
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder


  1. Remove stems, wash, peel and cut ends of the bottle gourds and halve them. Core the length of each bottle gourd piece, leaving half-inch walls to form tubes. Combine all the ingredients of the marinade, rub the bottlegourd inside out with this marinade and keep aside for fifteen to twenty minutes.
  2. Heat ghee in a kadai, drain and deep-fry the marinated bottle gourd pieces on medium heat till cooked. Drain onto an absorbent paper and cool. To prepare the filling, sauté khoya in a thick-bottomed pan till light brown. Remove and keep aside.
  3. Chop eight to ten cashewnuts roughly and halve the rest. Keep the halved cashewnuts aside for garnishing. Heat ghee in a kadai, add chopped onions and sauté till pink.
  4. Add the mashed potatoes, khoya, ginger, green chillies, coriander leaves, roughly chopped cashewnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, raisins, garam masala powder and salt and sauté for two to three minutes.
  5. Transfer the mixture onto a plate. When cool, add lemon juice, mix well and keep aside. Gently stuff the filling into each piece of fried bottle, compress to ensure it is firmly packed. Set aside.
  6. To prepare gravy heat butter in a kadai. Add cashewnut paste and sauté for two to three minutes or till light pink. Add fried onion paste and red chilli powder and continue to sauté for a minute.
  7. Add one cup of water, stir and simmer on low heat for two to three minutes. Add yogurt, salt and garam masala powder. Cook for a minute and remove from heat.
  8. Arrange the stuffed bottlegourd in a serving dish. Pour gravy on top. Garnish with halved cashewnuts and serve hot.

Nutrition Info

Calories 3059
Carbohydrates 67.7
Protein 223.9
Fat 210.6
Other Fiber 23.9 gm