Halwai March 19, 2023


• Soya chunks – 1 cup
• Lauki pieces (bottle gourd) peeled and cut into small pieces – 3 cup
• Oil – 2 tbsp
• Garlic paste – 1 tsp
• Roasted Jeera powder – 1 tsp
• Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
• Haldi powder – 1/2 tsp
• Tomato puree – 2 tbsp
• Salt to taste


  1. Soak the soya chunks in hot salted water for 10-15 mins.
  2. Once the soya chunks have swelled in the water, drain out the soaked soya from the water and squeeze out the excess water.
  3. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker and fry the soya granules in the oil for 2-3 mins.
  4. Now, mix in the lauki pieces and stir fry for a minute.
  5. Lower the heat and mix in the spices, garlic paste and the tomato puree.
  6. Cook and stir for a further 2-3 mins.
  7. Add half cup water and salt to taste and pressure cook for 5-6 mins. or until the soya chunks are softened and lauki is also cooked.
  8. You could adjust the consistency according to your choice. If you want to enjoy the preparation with rice then keep a little gravy.
  9. But if you want to eat it with chapattis they make the preparation dry.