The secret recipe of BottleGourd and lamb Stew

Bottle Gourd and lamb Stew

By- Purvi Rathod

Ishtu or Ishtew is quite likely to have come from the word “stew”. With a mild onion based stew like sauce mixed with whole spices.

So years back on a lazy Sunday, when my mom announced she would be making mutton with the much-dreaded vegetable Lauki. We Panicked !!
I was sure this would mean wasting the whole 1 kg mutton. I and my brother argued with her to stop experimenting with Nonveg recipes as she is a pure vegetarian and would never know what a big crime it would be to waste our beloved mutton.
She then told us it wasn’t something she was experimenting with but a very traditional dish which her mom used to occasionally make. To cut the long story short we were not disappointed. Years later my Mother-in- law made the same recipe and this time the taste wouldn’t just leave my taste bud.

So this is the traditional recipe of what we call Mutton and dudhi ishtew/Bottle Gourd and Lamb Stew:

Cooking time for Lamb stew recipe- 45 mins to 1 hours
Difficulty level – moderate


For ½ kg Mutton, 250 gms of Bottle Gourd (Lauki)

2 medium size Sliced onions

Ginger garlic paste 1 tspoon

Garam masala powder- 1 tspoon

Turmeric powder – 1 tspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 tspoon

Tomato – 1 large

3-4 green chillies

Finely chopped Mint leaves – 1 cup

Coriander leaves – to garnish

2 tablespoon oil

Salt to taste

Marinating Mutton: 

Marinate Mutton in green chilli, ginger and garlic paste. Along with freshly chopped mint and coriander leaves. Apply some salt and turmeric.


  1. This recipe was made in a cooker as Mutton require time to cook thoroughly. Put oil in the cooker and once it is hot, add finely sliced onions.
  2. Add condiments and garam masala as listed above in Ingredients
  3. Once the onion starts turning brown add the marinated mutton.
  4. Add bottle gourd and all the masalas as mentioned above.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes. Salt and cover the lid. Cook until mutton is done.
  6.  Have it with hot ghee laden chappati or steamed rice.

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4 thoughts on “The secret recipe of BottleGourd and lamb Stew

  1. wow ! I’m going to cook this this Sunday ! thanks for such simple recipe with great style ! .. looking forward for more and more recipes on your blog !
    thank you once more !

  2. This is an unusual combination but looks tasty and fairly easy to cook. I am surely gonna try this. Thanks for sharing.

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