Lau Chingri
Lau Chingri

Lau Chingri / Bottle Gourd & Prawns

Lau Chingri (Bottle Gourd cooked with Prawns) is a quintessential Bengali delicacy cooked with no onion and no garlic.
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Bangladeshi
Servings 3
Calories 301 kcal


  • 1 Lau / Lauki / Bottle Gourd (Medium Size)
  • 250 g Prawn
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Paste

To Temper

  • 1 tsp Cumin Seed
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Dried Red Chili (Broken)


  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 tsp Ghee


  • Wash under cold water and Peel the Bottle Gourd (Lau/Kodu)
    1 Lau / Lauki / Bottle Gourd
  • After peeling the skin, cut Bottle Gourd or Lau into small rectangular pieces
  • Clean and devein the Prawns with the outer shell intact.
    250 g Prawn
  • Marinade Prawns with Turmeric Powder and little Salt.
    1 tsp Turmeric Powder, 1 tsp Salt
  • Heat the Mustard Oil in a deep pan and fry Prawns in medium heat until those turn lightly brown.
    2 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • Strain fried Prawns from the Oil and add Ghee to the same Pan.
    1 tsp Ghee
  • Temper the Ghee and Oil mixture with Cumin Seed, Bay Leaf, and Dried Red Chili.
    1 tsp Cumin Seed, 1 Bay Leaf, 2 Dried Red Chili
  • Now add chopped Bottle Gourd (Lau/Kodu) along with little turmeric powder and salt and cover the pan with a lid.
    1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Cook for around 10 minutes in medium flame and stir in between. Bottle gourd will release lots of water/juice and hence no need to add extra water.
    1 tbsp Ginger Paste
  • Once the water dried, add sugar to the bottle gourd.
    1 tbsp Sugar
  • Adjust the salt if required.
    1 tsp Salt
  • Finally, add fried Prawns and give the Lau Chingri a thorough mix.
  • Cook for a minute or two to get desired consistency.
  • Serve Lau Chingri with steamed rice.


This dish is a bit on the sweeter side and generally served in the former part of Bengali meal, before Daal.
Keyword Bangla Curry, Bangla Side Dish, Bengali Fish Recipe, Bengali Recipes, Bengali Side Dish, Bottle Gourd, Gourd, Kodu, Kodu Recipe, Lau, Lau Recipe, Prawn, Prawn Recipe

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