The Bangladeshi Kitchen

Lau Bhaji – Bottlegourd Bhaji

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30 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 15 minutes | Servings: 2-4

The lau or the bottle gourd (calabash) is a very versatile vegetable of the Bangladesh kitchen. This would be fairly common in the sumer months when various kinds of gourds are aplenty. Rummaging through the fridge, I came across half of a gourd that I had set aside. The other half went into a shrimp dish (recipe to follow anon). This half needed to be dealt with quickly and I decided to cook up a simple but tasty traditional bhaji.


  • 1 medium lau or bottle gourd
  • 2 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 2 green chillies, slit into halves lengthwise
  • 1 inch finely chopped  fresh ginger
  • 1 clove of finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tspoon coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 cilantro finely choppes
  • salt to taste


  1. Peel and then slice the gourd into very thin slices
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan
  3. When hot, add the cumin seeds and the green chillies, until the seeds start to splutter
  4. Add the  in the ginger and stir fry for a minute or two
  5. Add the gourd, give it  a stir and then cook covered over medium head for about 5 minutes
  6. Add turmeric  powder, coriander  powder, salt and 1/4 cup of water and mix everything up
  7. Cook another 5 minutes or until the gourd is tender
  8. Add he chopped cilantro and serve

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