Cook's Hideout: Lau Bori (Bengali Bottlegord Curry with Vadi)

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

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

  • 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.
Lauki Bori1

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


  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. have some baris,will try this sometime,

  11. The addition of crisp wadis is interesting.

  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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