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Lau Chingri (Bottle gourd with prawns)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
The ‘much neglected’ bottle gourd and prawns come together for this simple dish that is easy on the palate and light on the tummy.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali (Indian)
Servings: 4 people
Author: Rapti B
Ingredients
  • 500 grams Bottle gourd (peeled, chopped)
  • 150-200 grams Prawns (deveined, deshelled)
  • 2 Green chillies
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste/grated
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Corn flour (diluted)
  • ½ tablespoon Coriander powder
  • ½ tablespoon Cumin powder
  • Mustard Oil
  • Water
Instructions
  1. Place the prawns in a bowl, coat in ½ tablespoon salt and ½ tablespoon turmeric powder. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a frying pan and lightly fry the prawns. 
    Beginners tip: You will know the prawns are cooked when they give off the ‘eat me now’ scent. Try not to snack on them while you cook. The first time I tried this dish, I ended up eating all the prawns. We ended up eating stir fried bottle gourd.

  3. Set aside the cooked prawns. In the same pan, add ½ tablespoon of oil – if needed - and throw in the cumin. Sauté till slightly brown.

  4. Add the bottle gourd and sauté for a minute.

  5. Slit the green chillies lengthwise and add them to the gourd, along with the turmeric powder and ginger paste.

  6.  Let the gourd cook for 5 minutes before adding the fried prawns.

  7. Pour in 2/3rd cup water, mix, cover and allow to cook until most of the water has evaporated.

  8. Add the diluted corn flour to the vegetable-prawn mix and stir. Adjust the seasonings. Cook for a minute and remove from heat.

  9. Sprinkle the cumin and coriander powders, mix and serve hot with rice or roti.

Recipe Notes

• If you are not a fan of bottle gourd, replace with green cabbage and follow the same process.
• You can substitute the prawns with shrimps.
• Marinating is an optional process. You can jump to the frying bit if in a rush. But if you do opt to marinate the prawns, then 30 minutes is the minimum time.