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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Lau Kasha/Masaledar Lauki (Bottle Gourd in a spicy gravy)

Lau, as we call it in Bengali, in other parts of India, it is known as Lauki or Dudhi, is very low caloric vegetable and very low in fat. Because of its high water content, it's very cooling, calming, diuretic and easy to digest. Therefore, it's a great summer food. To know more about this vegetable and the health benefits, click in this post of mine, where I shared two more bengali recipes of lauki/bottle gourd.
In our family, everyone loves this vegetable and so I make it very often. I thought to experiment something spicy with a vegetable which is not not cooked in this way. My experiment became successful and it is a regular in my kitchen now. You can surprise anyone with this dish..nobody will expect, such dish with bottle gourd can taste so well. 
So, without much edo, I'll share the recipe..Here is a glimpse of Masaledar Lauki or Lau Kasha

Masaledar Lauki(spicy bottleguard)

Ingredients :
Lau/lauki/dodhi/bottle gourd : 1 
Potato : 2 (medium)
Onion : 2(medium)
Ginger : 1" piece
Garlic : 4 cloves(big/medium)
Green chilli : 1-2(chopped)
Tomato : 1 (medium)
Turmeric Powder : 2 tsp.
Red chilli powder : 2-3 tsp.(as per your taste)

Bay leaf : 1
Whole garam masala : 2 cardamoms, 3 cloves and 1 small cinnmon stick 
Cumin Seeds : 1 tsp.
Ghee/clarified butter : 1 tblsp
Garam masala powder : 2 tsp.(make a powder of 3 cardamoms, 4 cloves, 1 small cinnamon stick)Oil : 3-4 tblsp.
Salt to taste

Method :
  • Wash and cut both bottle gourd and potato in medium chunks. Apply little salt and turmeric powder over them and fry in little oil one at a time. First potatoes, then bottle gourds. Keep Aside.
  • Grate onions, make a paste of ginger and garlic. Chop the tomatoes.
  • Heat oil in a pan, temper with bay leaf and whole garam masala. When they start to crackle, add cumin seeds, wait for few seconds, then add grated onions, stir fry till onions turns brown, add little sugar at this time, this gives the curry a nice color.
  • Then add ginger-garlic paste, saute for 1 minute, then add chopped tomatoes, green chilles, turmeric and red chilli powder. Saute and mix all the spices properly with onion-ginger-garlic paste. Add little water if needed.
  • When oil seperates the masala, add fried botle gourd and potatoes. Mix well with the spice. Add salt to taste. Add about 1 and 1/3 cup of water, cover the lid and let the veges cook in medium flame.
  • It's a semi-dry gravy dish, so the gravy shouldn't dry up all. When veges are cooked and you have desired consistency of gravy, drop little ghee. Mix well and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from fire and sprinkle Garam masala powder over the gravy. 
  • Lau kasha/masaledar Lauki is ready to serve.
Masaledar Lauki 2(spicy bottlegoard)

Thursday, August 05, 2010 / by / 16 Comments


  1. Lau kasa amar kachhe notun dish...dekhe to khubi tempting mone hoechhe...abong recipe pore mone holo darun taste o hobe...try kore dekhte hobe...

  2. Ha,kamalika,very tasty dish...Ami naam diyechi lau kasha because of the way it is cooked..try kare dekho

  3. Hi Indrani, thanks for stopping by....lauki looks delicious,me too make it in similar way except I use little more tomatoes, to make it little more chatpati subzi....

  4. Looks yum dear...I got one more lauki now..shall try method

  5. eta akdom notun darun dekhte hoeche Indrani. peyaj rpsun die aha darun ahbe to. banabo akdin.

  6. Dear Indrani
    It is just fantastic and can from your kitchen, I know.
    Cant wait to try this...I am bit tired of eating lau..BoDi Ghanto, lau chingDi and milk and Klao jeere bata diye lau Bodi-r tarkari.
    Off to the market for a Lau.....( because I need to eat " lau khosa bhaja with kalo jeere sombora..ha ha )
    Bhalo theko

  7. hey indrani,in oriya also its called lau ...ur lau kasha looks simply yummy ...i can feel the taste of masaladar lau after blended with some nice spices n ingredients it ...yum yum ...bookmarked ...thanks for sharing dear


  8. wow, love the prep Indrani, delicious.

  9. Thanks, Sayantani...Sayta, Ushnishda and Priya..try this out and I'm sure you all will love it...

  10. that looks so tempting..and i don't even like lauki :)

  11. Indrani,

    ami koto din dhore tumaar noton blog er bishoye bhabhchilaam , at last khonje pelaam :-)...this looks so delicious ..
    hugs and smiles

  12. aada roshun piyaaz diye ja korle bhalo laage,er moddhe notun ki

  13. Jasmine apanar kachey eta notun kichu nai hotey parey, kintu oneker kachey hoye tow eta notun jemon amar. Ami kokhono ei recepiue shuni ni...shob moshla tow shob khabarey deowa hoye, er modhey notun kichu nei kintu share kora hoye karon oneker kachey seta notun hote parey. Jodi bhalo kichu bolar na theke ta holey negetivity choraben na please. It is an effort and we who like it appreciate it.

  14. ami tiyattor bochorer buro. chotobela theke ei lauer tarkari anek bar kheyechi. er sange chola sedhdho ba karaishuti sedhdho thakleo bhalo lagbe.



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