Lauki Soya Sabji | Bottlegourd and Soya Nuggets Curry

Lauki Soya Sabji | Bottlegourd and Soya Nuggets Curry

Most of the time I wonder what to cook as I want to prepare something simple and fast, one of these days it happen to me again though I thought of many things but somehow I was not getting in to the mood and then I remembered I had to open soya nuggets pack which I brought recently plus I had fresh bottle gourd. So I thought of adding both together to make a sabji though I was bit skeptical in the beginning about the combo but then I went ahead and it came out well, since then it become a regular dish at home  I like the curry very much and since I made in pressure cooker the soya chunks were cooked so nicely, soaking up gravy well and making it juicy and soft.  Here am sharing with you guys this recipe ..perhaps you might like this combo and enjoy as much as I do. 

Sending this to Nivedita's Only Original Recipes, a event started by Pari.


Lauki/Bottlegourd - 1 1/2 Cup chopped
Soya Nuggets - 1/2 Cup
Onion - 1 medium
Green Chillies - 2
Ginger - 1 tsp chopped
Cilantro - 2 tbsp chopped - divided
Hing/Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Dry Red Chili - 1
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
Amchur/Dry Mango Powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Water - 1.5- 2 Cups


1. Soak soya chunks in boiling water with little salt for 10-15 minutes, alternatively you can microwave water for 2minutes and soak the soya chunks. 

2. After 10-15 minutes grain the water, rinse 2-3 times under tap and squeeze chunks to remove excess water.

3. Finely chop onion, green chilies, ginger.  Peel and chop bottle gourd in bite size pieces.

4. In a pressure cooker heat oil, add asafoetida, dry red chili, cumin seeds and let it crack.  Add ginger and saute for 30 seconds, add onion and saute until it gets pink. 

5. Now add bottlegroud pieces and saute for 2 minute.  Add soya chunks, turmeric, red chili, coriander and garam masala powders and stir well cook for a minute. 

6. Add 1-2 cups of water, salt, amchur powder, 1 tbsp of chopped cilantro & give a stir.  Adjust salt n spices if required, close cooker lid and pressure cook for 1-2 whistles.
[If you are using Futura then cook until cooker starts steaming, it will be start steaming in 3-4 minutes.
I added 1.5 Cups of water]

Garnish with remaining cilantro and serve with rice or roti it goes well with both.

1. If you wish to have little thick gravy then add 1/2 tbsp of corn flour mix in little water before closing the cooker lid.   I personally don't like to add corn flour in any curry.
2. You can add one chopped tomato and exclude dry mango powder.
3. You can also add garlic.
4.You can prepare this curry in pan instead of pressure cooker, just cook until bottle gourd becomes tender. 

Have nice day ~~