red chilli: 1Panchforon, Bengali five spice:
of water in pressure cooker. When water starts boiling add salt, 1 tsp pounded ginger and few drops of oil. this oil will prevent spilling of dal.Now pressure cook lentil and large chunks of lau or bottle gourd until both are cooked yet firm (not mush).Heat oil in another clean deep bottomed pan and fry thinly sliced uchhe or bitter gourd with turmeric, salt and red chilli powder until crispy.Remove Uchche Bhaja aka fried Bitter Gourd from oil and keep on paper towels.Add bay leaf, dry red chilli, remaining ginger and panchforon in the remaining hot oil and allow to splutter. You may add ½ tsp of ghee to the hot mustard oil at this point if desired.Add previously boiled dal along with lau. Season the lentil with salt, sugar and turmeric powder and bring it boil.Add fried uchhe (bitter gourd) and roasted narkel kora (grated coconut) and give it a light stir.Add ½ cup warm water if you find the lentil is too thick for you and boil it for couple of minutes.Serve immediately with Groom Bhaat (steaming rice). A combo of Tetor Dal, Uchhe Bhaja (fried bitter gourd) Behun Bhaja (fried Eggplant), Alu Posto (potato in poppy seed paste) make a hearty warm vegetarian Bengali Thali (veg-meal).3.5.3208 EAT, LOVE & ENJOY! REPEAT!!!
& Mrs. Musur dal / Masoor dal / Red lentilsLau / Lauki / Bottlegourd - peeled and cut into small cubesPaanch phoron ( a mix of mustard + fennel + fenugreek + cumin + nigella seeds )Mustard oil - to temperHaldi / Turmeric powderSliced onionsWhole dry red chilliesSalt to tasteWater to cook
In the same oil, fry bori or dry lentil palattes until brown and crunchy. Today I'm sharing a different type of Shukto preperation which is also bitter in taste but it's only with White gourd/bottlegourd(Lau), which we call, "Lau Shukto"
BitterGourdDal. Meanwhile check out my Papaya Kootu Recipe & Pumpkin & Cowpeas Kootu. Take bottlegourd, and all the ingredients mentioned in a pot, cover with water, Bring it to a boil, simmer the pot and cook on a low heat till dal is cooked
Organic BhajaMugerDal recipe with step wise photos. A sumptuous bengali style moong dal with vegetables and roasted coconut that could be served with rice and it tastes absolutely heavenly when served with baingan bhaja for side dish
Salt & sugar as per taste. Salt & sugar as per taste. Lau or lauki or dudhi or bottlegourd 1 medium size (make sure it must be fresh). 1>Peel the bottlegourd and chop it finely. 2>Marinate prwans with salt & turmeric. 5>Now add the chopped bottlegourd, turmeric & salt and cover it with a lid and simmer the stove. 6>After 20 min open the lid and check if the bottlegourd is cooked or not. 7>If It is cooked add chopped tomatoes, fried prawns & sugar and higher the flame and stir fry it. 8>When all the juice which came out from bottlegourd is evaporated off the stove and serve the lau chingri with steamed rice