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Lauer Kosha Bhaja

Lauer Khosha Bhaja (Stir-Fried Bottlegourd Peels)

Lauer khosha bhaja. Stir-fried bottlegourd peels. A whill of kalonji. A throw of wicked green chillies. And loads of love. Divine !!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Bengali


  • 1.5 cups of peels from 2 bottlegourds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp kalonji or nigella seeds
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 2 green chilies slit
  • 1/2 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • salt to taste


  • Julienne the bottlegourd peels.
  • Heat mustard oil in a pan. When smoking hot, throw in the kalonji and red chillies, allow to splutter.
  • Add the peels, sprinkle in the salt and turmeric powder, give it a hearty stir. Cook over a medium flame till the peels are tender. Splash a little water if it is getting a wee bit too dry.
  • Throw in the green chillies, add the sugar. Cover and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Adjust seasonings. Serve hot.