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Lau Bodi ( Bottle Gourd with Lentil dumplings)


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.

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  • 1 medium Bottle Gourd
  • 2 Green Chillies/ 1 Red Chilly (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons of Oil : Mustard (preferred)/Sunflower oil
  • Bodi: 15-20 pcs
  • Spices:
  • Black Cummin (Kalo Jeera): 1 table-spoon
  • Turmeric powder (Halud/Haldi): 1 tea-spoon
  • Sugar: 1/4 tea-spoon
  • Water
  • Salt to Taste


servings 4
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 20mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Cut the Lau (Bottle Gourd) in fine and thin strips/pieces and keep it aside.

Step 2

Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the bodi until properly fried but make sure they are not burnt and keep them aside.

Step 3

Add the black cummin to fry little bit. Also, add the chillies at this time.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Cook in low medium flame/low medium heat and check regularly for 15-20 minutes whether the Lau have softened well.

Step 6

Add the sugar and mix them well. Dry the whole food as much you can without getting stuck at the base.

Step 7

The food is now ready to be served.


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