Lau Chingri (Bottlegourd with Shrimp)


  • Bottle Gourd/Lau – 500 gm
  • Shrimps – 150 gms, de-veined and cleaned well
  • Green chilli – 2 slit
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • A handful of chopped coriander leaves
  • Mustard oil – 2 tbsp


  1. Cut bottle gourd in juliennes
  2. In a wok, heat oil, fry shrimps for a minute and remove. Keep aside
  3. In the same oil, add cumin seeds
  4. When the seeds crackle, add the gourd
  5. Add salt and mix well
  6. Reduce flame to medium and cover with a lid
  7. Add slit green chillies and mix
  8. Add a pinch of turmeric powder
  9. Allow the gourd to cook in its own juice
  10. When the gourd is tender, add shrimps and mix well
  11. Cook till the water evaporates completely
  12. Add sugar
  13. Add coriander leaves and switch off the flame
  14. Serve with steamed rice


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