Recipe: Pan Roasted Dhoodi Rings

Recipe: Pan Roasted Dhoodi Rings

Dhoodi [Opo squash or Calabash] is a bottle shaped gourd/squash that is widely used in South Asian cooking. Let’s see how the Dhoodi can be used to make a tasty snack called Dhoodi Rings that can either be grilled or sautéed on a pan and eaten with your favorite chutney/dip. It is low in carbs, fat and sodium. This is a great substitute for fried onion rings or fried and battered zucchini or potato slices. It is a great snack for school or for chai time.

This recipe of Dhoodi Rings is a great new addition to the family dinner table. 3 Dhoodi Rings has 1/2 cup of vegetables in it.  It’s also the equivalent of a serving of vegetables on the USDA’s MyPlate, which provides guidance on the appropriate amounts of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein each person should consume to live a healthier, more balanced life.

Pan Roasted Dhoodi Rings

Serving size: 3 Dhoodi Rings

Total Servings: 5

Cooking Time: 20 Minutes


  1. 7-inch long opo, dhoodi or bottle gourd squash
  2. 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
  3. 1 tsp chili powder
  4. 1/8 tsp salt
  5. 3 Tbsp skim yogurt
  6. ¼ cup onions, diced
  7. ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  8. 4 tsp olive oil

Cooking method:

  1. With skin on, cut squash into thick slices and create a small hole in the center to create a ring.
  2. In a mixing bowl, place ingredients #2-7 and mix well. Then add squash rings and mix, make sure all sides are coated well.
  3. Heat nonstick Tavva/flat cooking pan with 2 tsp olive oil and add the squash rings. Cook for 3 minutes on medium heat then flip and cook for 3 more minutes.
  4. Serve with cilantro chutney or hummus.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 3 Dhoodi Rings

Each serving provides:

Calories 95 Kcal
Protein 1g
Total Carb 3.5g
Total Fat 3.5g
Sodium 70mg


Other Resources:

MyPlate icons –

Nutrient info – USDA database –

Nutrient info –

Nutrient info – Patel Brothers –


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Sri Ramanathan
Sri Ramanathan

Sri Sakthi Ramanathan, RD, LDN earned her bachelor’s degree from UIC in 2008 and completed her 1 year nutrition internship with the Advocate group of hospitals. She has been a dietitian for 10 years and enjoys making meal planning easier and applicable for her clients. She currently works part time at Advocate Heart institute for their South Asian Cardiovascular Center as their community dietitian. She is the nutrition expert when it comes to South Asian community health.