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Lau Bori – bottle gourd with sun dried lentil dumplings is a typical Bengali lau recipe. Flavourful and succulent bottle gourd cooked with tomato, grated ginger and simple spices and topped with crisp bodi is a light and refreshing dish.

Lau Bori Recipe

Lau Bori

Bottle gourd or calabash is a white-flowered gourd that goes by many names: opo squash, suzza melon, long melon, Tasmania bean and New Guinea bean. In India it’s known as lauki/ghiya in Hindi, Lau in Bengali, anapakaya in Telugu, dudhi in Gujarati and churakka in Malayalam.

The light-green vegetable with white flesh is widely used in Indian cuisine. Bori or Bodi are called Vadayalu in Telugu.

Lauki Wadi Recipe

Bottle gourd with bori or sun dried lentil dumpling is plain simple food – prepared with no onion-garlic and minus rich spices. The low-calorie and easy to digest lauki contains a lot of water and tastes delicious when had in summer.

Lau Bori Recipe Bengali Style:

Bottle gourd with fried lentil dumplings recipe

Fresh bottle gourd with its pale green skin is such a lovely sight in summer – lau with its high water content helps cool you down and it’s a staple veggie in Bengali homes in summer.

Lau sabzi topped with crunchy boris is my favourite summer dish. Bori Diye Lau is easy to cook and best to serve with Steamed Rice.

How to make Bengali lau bori:

To make Lau Bori, peel and chop the bottle gourd into small pieces. 

Chop lauki for Bengali bottle gourd recipe

Finely chop the tomato, grate the ginger and slit the green chilli.

Lau Bori Recipe Ingredients

Heat oil in a kadai and fry the bori/bodi/vadiyalu to nice golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon into a dish and keep aside.

Fry bodis for Bengali lau recipe

To the same kadai add the bay leaf, cinnamon stick and cumin seeds. Allow to sizzle. Add the green chilli and grated ginger. Fry for a few seconds for the raw smell to disappear.

Lau Bodi seasoning

Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they turn mushy.

Add tomatoes for lauki vadi sabzi

Add the chopped lauki and stir. 

Add chopped bottle gourd for bori diye lau torkari

Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder and a pinch of sugar.

Add spices for Lauki aur Wadiyon ki Sabzi Recipe

Stir well, cover and cook, stirring occasionally till the bottle gourd is tender and the dish is almost dry. There’s no need to add water as fresh bottle gourd releases a lot of water.

Cover and cook lauki vadi sabzi

Add the fried bori / bodi / vadi and and mix well. Simmer the bori diye lau for a minute and remove from heat.

lauki ki sabzi preparatiion

Serve Lau Bori with white rice and dal.

Bori diye lau Bengali recipe

If you are looking for more Lauki recipes, do try out Bottle Gourd and Prawn Curry and Dudh Diye Lau.

Bori Diye Lau Bengali Recipe details below:

Lau Bori Bengali Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Lauki Vadi - Bottle Gourd with fried dumplings is a wholly Bengali-vegetarian dish. The dish is a quick and easy recipe and has a nice flavour that goes well when served over white rice.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali
Servings: 2
Calories: 88 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Lau/Bottle Gourd – 2 cups chopped
  • Bori/dried lentil dumplings – 1/3 cup
  • Green chilli – 1 slit
  • Tomato – 1 small chopped
  • Ginger – 1/4 tsp grated
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 inch
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1/8 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  1. To make lau with bori, heat a tablespoon of oil in a sauté pan and fry the boris to a crunchy golden brown. Remove and keep aside.

  2. To the same oil, add bay leaf, cinnamon and cumin seeds. Saute for a few seconds.
  3. Add green chilli and grated ginger. Saute for half-a-minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes and fry till they turn soft.
  5. Add the chopped bottle gourd and mix well.
  6. Sprinkle cumin powder, red chilli powder, turmeric, salt and sugar. Combine well.
  7. Cover and simmer on low-medium heat till the bottle gourd is cooked through and all the moisture has evaporated. Fresh bottle gourd releases enough water to cook; otherwise you can add a little water.
  8. Add the fried boris, mix and remove from heat.
  9. Serve Bengali Lau Bori Tarkari with white rice and dal.

Recipe Notes

You can also substitute bori with small prawns


Lau Bori With Bottle Gourd And Lentil Dumplings | Bengali Bori Diye Lau
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Shil is a freelance writer, professional blogger, foodie, health advocate and travel enthusiast.

  2 Responses to “Lau Bori With Bottle Gourd And Lentil Dumplings | Bengali Bori Diye Lau”

  1. Lau bori is my favorite. That is why every season we also grow bottle gourd and watching that plant growing and harvesting bottle gourd is real fun. We often make bottle gourd at home and enjoy fullest. I think almost every bengali like this dish very much.

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