Stuffed Bottle Gourd-Summer Food Recipe – Chef Geetha Sridhar

I am sure that this is one vegetable – lauki or bottle gourd that is not loved by many. But, this twist in this not so famous dish is sure to make a many turn their thoughts. Blanched lauki marinated in lime and stuffed beautifully is sure to make you a big fan of it. It is a must try this summer.



Lauki / Bottle gourd : 1 medium size


For the marinade:

Lemon juice : 50 ml

Chilli powder : ½ tsp

Garam masala : 2 tsp


For the filling:

Oil (any cooking oil) : 2 tsp

Cumin seeds : ½ tsp

Onion, diced : 1 medium size

Tomatoes, diced : 150 gms

Green chillis, chopped : 3 nos.

Ginger paste : 1 tsp

Garlic, chopped finely : 2 tsp

Fresh coriander, chopped : 1 tsp

Paneer, grated : 200 gms

Salt and pepper : to taste


Cooking method:

  • Blanch the lauki / bottle gourd in boiling water.
  • Peel it, de-seed and split horizontally.
  • Pour the marinade over the lauki and set aside for an hour.


  • Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds followed by the remaining ingredients for the filling.
  • Stir-fry for 5 minutes.
  • Set the filling inside the lauki and secure with string.
  • Wrap in a foil and bake in a very hot oven for around 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve hot with mint/coriander chutney.


Summers are dehydrating and therefore it is important to stay hydrated at all times. Do drink enough water and other cooling but healthy liquids and stay fit and happy during the summers.

Dietitian and Founder Member – Diet Clinic Health Care


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Practicing since 2006 as a registered dietitian under IDA, Sheela Seharawat is the founding member of Diet Clinic, operating around 35 outlets successfully all over the country. Prior to her own venture, she remained associated as a dietician with Indian Army hospital for a Short time.

A motivational speaker, an expert dietitian and a strong believer of healthy and motivated living, she has transformed the lives of many through her breakthrough diets and inspiration on living a healthy life. Another feather was added to her name when, esteemed magazine and organization “Silicon India Start Up City” has recognized and awarded “Diet Clinic” in their annual listing of “10 Best Startups in Fitness, 2017”.

Sheela always says – ‘Let Your Diet Work for You’. She aims to spread the message of wellness and the art of dieting through her clinics across various parts of the globe. Ms. Sheela Seharawat dedication towards spreading healthy lifestyle awareness among the mass is commendable and she keeps on providing relentless services to fitness and health relevantly.



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