Well, the previous recipe was Bhoger Khichuri and this is it’s better half “Labra”. Just like Bhoger Khichuri, Labra is also offered as prasad in Bengali puja. You can say that Khichuri is incomplete without Labra – these two always go hand-in-hand. Another quintessential Bengali vegetarian dish, Labra is a mishmash of various vegetables. You can select multiple vegetable of your choice but pumpkin and potato are mandatory and bitter gourd is a big NO. This flavourful vegetable curry is easy to prepare and it’s truly versatile – goes well not only with khichuri, but also with plain steamed rice and phulko ruti (phulka).
As I have talked much about the Bengali Bhog in my previous blog, I will keep this short and crisp. As I prepared Bhoger Khichuri and Labra for this Kojagori Lokkhi Puja, here’s the recipe of Labra I am sharing with you all.
- 1 slice of pumpkin, diced
- 1 large potato, diced
- 10-12 flat beans chopped
- 4-5 spiny gourd, diced
- 3-4 mid sized radish, chopped
- 2-3 carrot, chopped
- 1/2 tea-spoon turmeric powder
- 1 tea-spoon cumin powder (jeera)
- 1 tea-spoon coriander powder (dhaniya)
- 2 bay leaves
- 3-4 green chillies, slitted
- 2 dried red chillies
- 1/2 tea-spoon whole spice blend (panch phoron)
- 1 tea-spoon sugar
- 2 table-spoon mustard oil
- salt (according to taste)
- Heat oil in a pan and add bay leaves, whole spice blend, dried red chillies and green chillies and stir till they splutter.
- Now, add all the cut vegetables together and mix well.
- Add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt and mix very well.
- Cover the lid and let it cook on low to medium flame for 30 minutes or till the vegetables are cooked properly.
- It’s better to let the vegetables cook in their own moisture, but if required you can always add some warm water in between.
- When the vegetables are well cooked and mushy, add the sugar and mix well. Cover the lid and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Turn off the flame and your Labra is ready to be served now.
Offer this as prasad or simply have it with your family. Finish the meal with Chaler Payesh to get a complete feel. Don’t forget to drop me a comment telling how you like this recipe. Happy festivities and happy eating!