Lauki raita

This is a traditional recipe from Bihar which is a place in Eastern India where the people suffer from heat strokes due to the flow of Hot air called loo during Summer.It is also a place where Buddhism was in its peak during the time Gautam Buddha (the spiritual leader of Buddhism) and due to his influence the food is mainly vegetarian.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Bihari, Indian cuisine
Keyword raita, salad, sidedish, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
chilling 1 hour
Servings 4 persons
Author indrani



  • Bottle gourd 2 cup shredded
  • Onion 1 cup finely chopped
  • Garlic 4 to 5 finely chopped)
  • Coriander powder 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder 1/2 tsp
  • Green chilies chopped 2
  • Mustard seeds 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Yoghurt 400 gms
  • Salt as per taste



  1. Boil the shredded bottle gourd with little salt till tender.
  2. In a wok add 1 tsp oil and add chopped onions 1/2 cup.
  3. Add cumin powder ,chilly powder and garlic and saute till dry.
  4. In a big colander or bowl(preferably stone or ceramic or steel) beat curd or un-sweetened yoghurt with rock salt.
  5. Add the spiced vegetable in curd and mix.
  6. Make a fine paste of mustard seeds and green chilies.
  7. Add 1 tbsp mustard paste to the yogurt and mix .
  8. Top it with some chopped onions and chopped green chilies and serve chilled with and meat dish or vegetarian food or you may have it just like that.