Lau Bodi ( Bottle Gourd with Lentil dumplings)
By Joydeep Pal
One of the favourite Indian summer vegetables is Bottle Gourd, better known as Lau (in Bengali) and Lauki (in Hindi). This recipe is a traditional bengali style dish with small cone shaped fried lentil dumplings, Bodi.
- 1 medium Bottle Gourd
- 2 Green Chillies/ 1 Red Chilly (optional)
- 3 tablespoons of Oil : Mustard (preferred)/Sunflower oil
- Bodi: 15-20 pcs
- Black Cummin (Kalo Jeera): 1 table-spoon
- Turmeric powder (Halud/Haldi): 1 tea-spoon
- Sugar: 1/4 tea-spoon
- Salt to Taste
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 20mins
Cost Average budget
Cut the Lau (Bottle Gourd) in fine and thin strips/pieces and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the bodi until properly fried but make sure they are not burnt and keep them aside.
Add the black cummin to fry little bit. Also, add the chillies at this time.
Then, add the Lau along with turmeric powder and salt and mix well to cook by itself. Also, add the fried bodi and mix well. Put a lid over the frying pan to cook and soften faster.
Cook in low medium flame/low medium heat and check regularly for 15-20 minutes whether the Lau have softened well.
Add the sugar and mix them well. Dry the whole food as much you can without getting stuck at the base.
The food is now ready to be served.