Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 3

State: Assam

Dish: Labra

Assam is a state in the North eastern part of India. It is located south of the Eastern Himalayas and comprises of the Brahmaputra and the Barak river valleys. It is surrounded by the six of the other Seven Sister States. Geographically Assam and the other sister states are connected to India via a narrow strip of land in West Bengal called the Silguri Corridor or ‘Chicken’s neck‘ (this is something new to me and wanted to share with all of you)

Cuisine: Because of the geographical location, Assam has both the mountains and plains which influence their style of cooking. It is a confluence of cooking habits of the hills that favor fermentation and drying as forms of food preservation and those from the plains that provide fresh vegetables and abundance of fish from the many rivers and ponds that run through the state. The cuisine is characterized by very little use of spices, little cooking over fire and the preparations are rarely elaborate.

Staple Food: Rice, Fish, Meat & Vegetables.

Specialties: Tenga (light and sour fish dish), Pura (Assamese version of smoked or barbecued meat or fish), Pitika (side dishes), Bor-a etc.,

Today’s Dish: So for today, I made Labra or mixed vegetable curry from Assam. The combination of ingredients was quite unusal and different for me. I was initially skeptical how the curry would taste with the sweet squash, pungent radish and mushy eggplant, but everything came together in a delicious way and the curry tasted awesome. Using mustard oil was another new addition for me and I really liked the subtle flavor it gave this dish. All in all this is a very hearty & delicious curry, perfect to serve with rice or roti.

I also made Assamese style Masoor dal along with white rice to make a complete meal.

Recipe from Sunita’s space.

Labra (Mixed Vegetable Curry)

  • Servings: 4-serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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A simple and comforting meal from Assam -- mixed vegetable curry and masoor dal.


  • Cuisine: North-east India
  • Style of Preparation: Vegan
  • Course: side dish
  • Preparation Time: 30 mins
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins


2 cups Pumpkin/ Butternut Squash – , diced (about ½ of a small pumpkin/ squash)
1 Daikon Radish – medium, diced
1 Potato – medium, diced
1 Eggplant – medium, chopped
1 Onion – small, chopped
1” Ginger
2 cloves Garlic
1 ~ 2 Dry Red Chili
¼ tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Ground Cumin
½ tsp Garam Masala
½ tsp Sugar
to taste Salt
For Tempering:
1 tsp Panch phoron
1 Bay leaf
1 Dry red chili


  1. Grind onion, ginger, garlic and red chili to a smooth paste.
  2. Heat 1tbsp mustard oil in a saute pan; add the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start to splutter, add the onion paste and cook stirring continuously until the mixture dries out and doesn’t smell raw anymore.
  3. Next add the veggies one after the other, making sure to mix well after adding each of the veggie.  Add turmeric, salt and sugar; mix well. Lower the heat and cook covered until the veggies are half cooked.
  4. Add ground cumin and mix well. Add 1cup of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until the veggies are tender, eggplant should very mushy; squash, potatoes and radish should be cooked through.
  5. Add garam masala and cook for 3~4 minutes. Curry should not be too dry.

Serve hot with steamed rice and dal.

Recipe from here.

Assamese Masoor Dal

  • Servings: 23-serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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A simple and comforting meal from Assam -- mixed vegetable curry and masoor dal.


  • Cuisine: Assamese
  • Style of Preparation: vegan
  • Course: side dish
  • Preparation Time: 30 mins
  • Cooking Time: 20 mins


½ cup Masoor Dal (red lentils)
2 quartered Tomatoes – medium
1 tsp Mustard seeds
¼ tsp Turmeric
to taste Salt
Cilantro – chopped, for garnish


  1. Pressure cook masoor dal along with the chopped tomatoes and enough water until tender. Alternately cook dal in a pan on the stove.
  2. Once the cooker cools down, open the lid and fish out and discard the tomato skins.
  3. In a small pan/ kadai, heat 1tsp mustard oil and add the mustard seeds, once the seeds start to splutter, add it to the dal.
  4. Add turmeric and salt to the dal and cook for 4~5 minutes. Add some water if the dal looks too thick. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 39.

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0 thoughts on “Assam — Labra (Mixed Vegetable Curry)”

  1. flavorful labra and comforting dal pavani!!! i personally loved the labra, i too was skeptical with adding the pumpkin, since it will turn the dish a bit sweet , but to my surprise,it turned out well and we enjoyed it good.

  2. As yesterday was thupka day, today is labra day. Labra is everywhere and your version looks so inviting…

  3. Lovely dish pavani! Where is your dal picture? Also those earthern pots look very cute and apt for the post 🙂

  4. love the way you presented it…the pots and glass….have the same matki glasses:))..and love that entire set up..

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