The nutritional and health benefits of vegetables are many and it is no wonder that our parents are extremely picky about giving green vegetables. One such healthy vegetable is butternut squash, also called lauki or ghiya in India. Whatever you call it, this vegetable has several health benefits.
Here are some health benefits of Bottle Gourd or Lauki –
Due to its high water content, butternut squash has a cooling effect on the body and helps to relax and reduce stress.
A glass of butternut squash juice three times a week will give you a healthy heart and keep your blood pressure in check.
Bottle gourd juice is packed with iron, vitamins and potassium that can help you lose weight.
It also helps with sleep disorders. You can add sesame oil with the juice to help you sleep better.
A glass full of bottle gourd juice can help you combat premature graying of hair and maintain its color and texture.
It is rich in fiber and alkaline content which aids in acidity and digestion.
Here are a few quick recipes you can try at home –
Koftas are generally enjoyed by many. It is a tomato based curry with koftas made from lauki. The curry has mild spices and spiciness from the tomatoes. You can combine it with roti or rice.
You can add this humble vegetable to your thepl and make it for a quick breakfast or brunch. This on-the-go food is extremely easy to carry when traveling as it lasts longer. You can combine the thepl with sauce or pickle.
Lauki Chana Dal Sabzi
This is a healthy curry recipe that requires minimal oil and is made from lauki and chana dal (Bengal gram). It is an extremely easy and quick recipe and goes very well with roti.
Make sure that you use fresh and pre-boiled milk in the recipe and that the taste of the lauki should not be bitter. You can eat this kheer as your midday meal with roti or just like that, absorbing all the nutrients of this dish. It’s an ideal recipe for your eating days.
Another easy-peasy recipe is Lauki Raita. It is refreshing and has a cooling effect. It is made with lauki, yogurt and spices. You can combine this with any meal.
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