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Dudhi bhopla bhaji recipe with step by step photos. Easy and simple recipe of dudhi bhaji made with bottle gourd, onions, coconut and spices. This makes for a comforting and healthy side dish. Lauki is also known as bottle gourd or opo squash or calabash or green melon in English. In a few Indian languages it’s called ghiya or dudhi.

dudhi bhopla bhaji garnished with coriander leaves and served in a bowl with text layover.

The dudhi bhaji recipe comes from my mom and would be a regular bhaji made at least once a week at home. The bhaji is mildly spiced with green chilies. Fresh grated coconut gives a nice sweet taste which accompanies the bland taste of lauki very well.

I prefer to make succh bhaji recipes as they are quick to make and flavorful too. I have shared many such simple recipes with various veggies like:

These bhajis or sabzis can be easily paired with some chapatis or can be served as a side dish with dal-rice along with a raita or salad.

You can even serve dudhi bhaji for breakfast with chapatis or parathas. If you like bottle gourd then do try this recipe.

Since bottle gourd has many health benefits, it is good to include it in your meals. This recipe can be easily scaled to make a bigger batch.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Dudhi Bhaji

1. Firstly rinse 400 grams bottle gourd (dudhi or opo squash) very well in water and then peel it.

Do a taste test of the bottle gourd. If it tastes bitter then trash it. Always avoid using bitter tasting bottle gourd.

peeled dudhi

2. Then chop the bottle gourd. Avoid chopping in small pieces. You will need about 2.5 cups of chopped bottle gourd.

chopped lauki

3. Heat 1.5 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Keep the heat to a low. You can use any neutral-flavored oil. Add ½ cup chopped onions.

onions added to pan

4. Saute and stir onions for 2 to 3 minutes on a low heat. Keep stirring often for even cooking.

sauteing onions

5. Then add a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing). You can skip asafoetida to make the dish gluten-free.

hing added to pan

6. Stir and mix well.

mix onions with hing

8. Now add 1 or 2 green chilies (chopped).

green chilies added

9. Mix and stir well.

mix again

10. Saute the onions till they soften and look translucent.

saueting onions

11. Add the chopped bottle gourd (dudhi).

lauki added

12. Sprinkle salt as required.

salt added to lauki

13. Mix very well.

mix again

Cooking dudhi bhaji

14. Cover the pan with a lid. Cook dudhi bhaji for 15 to 16 minutes on a low heat.

cooking dudhi sabzi

15. Do check the bhaji at intervals of 4 to 5 minutes and stir. If you see the dudhi sticking on to the pan. Then add some water. Mix, cover with the lid and continue to cook.

cooking dudhi bhaji

16. After getting cooked, you will see that the dudhi pieces have softened, changed their color and texture. If the dudhi pieces still look firm, then cover and cook, till they become soft.

cooking dudhi bhaji

17. When dudhi has cooked well and softened, then remove the lid and add ⅓ cup of fresh grated coconut.

grated coconut added

18. Stir and mix well.

mix coconut with bhaji

19. Cook dudhi ki bhaji for 2 to 3 minutes on low flame without the lid.

cooking dudhi bhaji for 2 to 3 minutes more

20. Switch off the heat. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve dudhi bhopla bhaji hot or warm with chapati or paratha or as a side dish with your meals.

Since coconut is added to the dish, I recommend to finish the dish on the same day.

dudhi bhaji served in a bowl


Few more Lauki recipes on the blog are:

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dudhi bhopla bhaji

Dudhi chi bhaji recipe – easy Goan recipe of lauki (bottle gourd or opo squash) sabzi with coconut and other spices.
4.60 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine Goan
Course Main Course
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 1.5 tablespoons oil
  • 400 grams lauki or 2.5 cups of chopped lauki (dudhi or bottle gourd or opo squash or ghiya)
  • cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped (hari mirch)
  • ½ cup chopped onion or a medium sized onion
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • salt as per taste

Instructions
 

chopping dudhi

  • First rinse the dudhi (lauki) very well in water. Then peel it.
  • Chop the dudhi. Avoid chopping in small pieces. You will need about 2.5 cups of chopped lauki.

making dudhi bhaji

  • Heat 1.5 tablespoons oil in a pan. Keep the heat to a low.
  • Add ½ cup chopped onion. Saute and stir the onions for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.
  • Then add a generous pinch of asafoetida and mix well.
  • Now add a tablespoon of chopped green chilies. Again mix and stir well.
  • Saute the onions till they look translucent.
  • Then add the peeled, chopped dudhi (lauki or bottle gourd).
  • Sprinkle salt as required and mix well.

cooking dudhi bhaji

  • Cover with a lid, cook dudhi bhaji for 14 to 16 mins on a low flame or sim. Do check at intervals of 4 to 5 mins and then give a stir.
  • If the dudhi pieces are sticking on to the pan. Then add some water. Mix, cover with the lid and continue to cook.
  • After getting cooked, you will see that the dudhi pieces has softened, changed their color and texture. If the dudhi pieces still looks firm, then cover and cook, till they become soft.
  • Once the dudhi has softened and cooked well, add 1/3 cup of fresh grated coconut.
  • Stir and mix well.
  • Cook dudhi bhaji for 2 to 3 mins on a low heat.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Serve dudhi bhopla bhaji with chapati or paratha as a side dish with your meals.

Notes

  • This recipe can be easily scaled to make a bigger batch.
  • Before cooking do a taste test. If the bottle gourd is tasting bitter then discard it.
  • You can use any neutral-flavored oil.
  • To make the dish gluten-free either source gluten-free asafoetida or skip adding it.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
dudhi bhopla bhaji
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Sodium 543mg24%
Potassium 187mg5%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Vitamin E 3mg20%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 7µg2%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 40mg10%
Phosphorus 31mg3%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Dudhi Bhaji Post from the blog archives, first published in September 2016 has been republished and updated on December 2022.

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6 Comments

  1. This is an awesome recipe. I even added coriander powder and amchur powder to this just before adding the coconut. Turned out so well…!!

  2. hello ma’m I tried this recipe and it came out very well. your recipes are very inspiring and I have tried a lot of them and each time it was a hit in my home. thanks for the wonderful recipes. keep doing the great work:-):-)

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