May 25, 2011

Lau Bori (Bengali Bottlegord Curry with Vadi)

This is such a simple dish and can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes. After trying all these Bengali recipes here is my high level summary: most of the vegetarian curries (that I tried) do not have onion or garlic and are tempered with spices like cinnamon stick and/ or bay leaf and seasoned with grated ginger Bengalis absolutely love their poppy seeds. Well this curry doesn’t include poppy seed action, but the other 2 points from my summary hold true. This is another recipe that I got from Sandeepa’s Bong cookbook and I followed the recipe to the T.

Lauki Bori

Ingredients:
Bottle gourd – 1 medium, peeled and chopped into ¼” pieces
Tomato – 2 medium, finely chopped
Ginger – 1 tsp, grated
Green chilies – 2-3
Ground Cumin – ½ tsp
Red chili powder – ½ tsp
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Moong dal vadi – ½ cup, fried until golden brown
Salt – to taste

For tempering:
Bay leaves – 2
Cinnamon stick – 1” piece
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp

Method:
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a sauté pan; add the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start to splutter, add the tomatoes and cook covered until they turn mushy.
  • Add chopped bottle gourd and turmeric and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Next add ground cumin, red chili powder and salt.
  • Cover and cook, stirring once in a while, until the veggie is completely cooked and the curry is dry, takes about 15 minutes.
  • Crumble the fried vadi on top and serve with steamed rice.
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Lets see what my fellow marathoners have been cooking up today.
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Seven Days of Indian Sweets:Gayathri, Priya Suresh,
Seven Days of Microwave Meals: Monika,
Seven Days of Regional Specials:Harini, Vaishali, Suma, PJ
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Kalyani
Summer Coolers: Jayasree, Kamalika, Srivalli
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12 comments:

  1. Loving the addition of moong vadis. I love minapappu vadiyalu with greens and hopefully would like this as well. I will surely give it a try.

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  2. Interesting addition of the wadis! I plan to make some wadis this summer, lets see!!

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  3. i dont often like bottlegord..but this looks tempting..will definetly give a try

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  4. Omg, love the addition of moongdal vadis, fabulous curry..

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  5. I saw a similar recipe in a cookery show. I will have to make my own vadis to try this dish.

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  6. Interesting recipe.. looks simply awesome and perfect !!
    Indian Cuisine

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  7. I make gravy style while adding wadi ...this looks yum

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  8. this combo is made in Sindi homes with a variation of spices and wadis.

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  9. looks delicious and lovely clicks .....

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  10. have some baris,will try this sometime,

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  11. The addition of crisp wadis is interesting.

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  12. Lau bori is my all time favorite specially when the bori is made pf urad dal..U have a nice blog with varieties of wonderful recipe.

    Sunanda's Kitchen

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