Everything About Growing Gilki in India | Gilki ki Sabji

Last Updated: 19.10.2023
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Here’s Everything About Growing Gilki in India, complete with its information and nutritional facts that will surely tempt you to cultivate it in your home or kitchen garden!

Everything About Growing Gilki in India
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If you love Gilki ki Sabji, then it is best to grow it in the garden as it tastes a lot better when it is organic and fresh! Let’s have a look at Everything About Growing Gilki in India!

Gilki Vegetable in English

If you are wondering Gilki ko English me Kya Kehte hai, then the answer to that question is sponge gourd. Gilki in English in India is popular by this name. Here are some other names of it:

  • Gilki in Marathi: Gilke / गिलके
  • Gilki in Kannada: Padavala kaayi / ಪಡವಲಕಾಯಿ
  • Gilki in Odiya: Chhachindra

Gilki ki Sabji

Gilki ki sabji is quite popular in India. People make it differently in different parts of the country but the two forms that it is most famous for are curry and fried. Here are some tasty recipes you can try:

  • Gilki Curry here
  • Bharva Gilki here
  • Gilki Pakoda here
  • Gilki ki Sukhi Sabzi here

How to Grow Gilki in India?

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Growing gilki in India is easy and the best part is, that you don’t need a big space to cultivate it. For someone living in a city like Delhi or Mumbai, it can easily be grown in a balcony or near a sunny window.

  • The best way to start gilki plants is by seeds. Sow them in a well-draining potting mix, water well, and keep the pot in bright but indirect light. The seeds will germinate in 4-6 days.
  • As Gilki is a vining plant, you will have to provide support using a bamboo stick or plastic pipe. Also, keep the plant safe from aphids, mealybugs, and slugs.
  • The plant will be ready to harvest in 70-80 days from sowing seeds. Pick the fruits when they are tender and soft, about 6-7 inches in length.

For more details, check out our article on growing Gilki in India here

Gilki vs Turai

While some people might confuse Gilki with Turai, they are actually different. Gilki in English is called Sponge Gours whereas Turai in English is called ridge gourd. Also, do not confuse gilki with lauki, which is called bottle gourd in English.

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