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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Labra (A Bengali Delicacy)


Labra is a simple and unique recipe of Bengal. And assimilation of readily available assorted vegetables, easy to cook, non-spicy yet a palatable dish. Generally compliments along with 'Kichuri Bhog', 'Tomato Chuteny', 'Pickle' and papad as shown in the picture. 




Kichuri Bhog (a very familiar term in Bengal household) is prepared as an offering to God on various religious occasion .However with or without any function labra could be served with plain rice and even rotis. At the end of it you can realize that the preparation is nutritious and also all the veggies individually contribute to the taste of it. 


Ingredients:
100 gms Red pumpkin, cubed
1 Carrot, cubed
1 Radish, long strips
1 Eggplant, long strips
1 Potato (peeled and cut into long thin slice)
1 cup Cauliflower, small florets 
1 cup Cabbage Chopped (but not finely)
Palong saag /Spinach 
 2tsp Ginger, chopped
2 Green chillies
1 whole Red chilly
2 tsp Panch phoron
1 1/2tsp Turmeric powder
2 tbsp Ghee
6 tbsp Mustard oil


Method:
Wash all the vegetables and chop the way I've described above. Take spinach in a large vessel, add water, salt, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and keep aside.





 Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. When the oil reaches smoking point, switch off the burner and let it cool. Reheat again, add panch phoron and when it stops spluttering, add sliced chillies and whole red chilly. Add chopped ginger, stir for a minute. Add all the vegetables, sprinkle some salt. Cover and cook, simmer for 10 minutes. 




Add turmeric, red chilly powder and mix well. Let the vegetables cook in their own juices as much you can. If you find the veggies are sticking to the pan but are not done yet, then sprinkle some water. Before taking off from heat add sugar, mix well. Add ghee and serve with Kichuri / Kichdi.

49 comments:

  1. This very much sounds like our South Indian Avial Deepa. Wonderful platter.

    Tickling Palates
    Event : Let’s Cook - Rice

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  2. very yummy looking meal n delicious looking dish..like the mix of veggies in it.. a must try delicacy..

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  3. Mouthwatering and healthy...bookmarking :-)

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  4. yummo!what a recipe....perfect saraswati puja platter.

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  5. Very new to me....looks extremely delectable....Hmm i was thinking of what the surprise would be.....this is awesome one....

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  6. I'm always on the lookout for a new sabji.. simply because dal and usual sabji bores me! I liked this recipe a lot. I'll make this without the cauliflower :)
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    Kavi (Edible Entertainment)

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  7. Love the mix of different veggies and spices, very healthy and yummy!

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  8. gr8 and healthy .all vegitables in one pot.

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  9. This is an inviting platter Deepa...love this medley of veggies.

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  10. This is such a yummy one...I would love to try it..U have made perfectly Dear..Bookmarking it..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  11. Interesting recipe! looks healthy n delicious!

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  12. Mouthwatering recipe.......hmmmm yummy yummy

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  13. Yummy and very new one to me... Bookmarking dear...

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  14. Never heard before this. Looks very tasty. Thx for sharing.

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  15. Very new to me.....love to try it.

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  16. Thanks for sharing this super delicious bengali dish, looks absolutely fabulous.

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  17. Making my mouth water and reminding me of Saraswati Pujo already:)Thanks for the much-needed recipe!

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  18. Ki shondor texture ta esheche labrar ..delicious Deepa..hugs and smiles

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  19. Inviting and tempting curry,authentic dish,thanks for sharing

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  20. Very new to me and luv this yummy recipe and delish presentation Dear.Luks fine!

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  21. Look at those colors, the flavors...Very healthy too. Proof that simple is best.

    Velva

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  22. this is my favorite....
    mostly every after 15days i cook it with khichudi in winters..

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  23. Hey Deepa,That's such an amazing recipe with all goodness of veggies and flavours.I loved it..Labra.Cheers!

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  24. the dish just looks to yummy...love the veggies that went into it!....

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  25. healthy one...looks wonderful and yummy.Inviting platter.

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  26. interesting and inviting recipe.quite healthy too

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  27. Looks delicious and love the clicks ...plus that platter

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  28. very healthy colourful and simple yet yummy dish..

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  29. This looks delicious! Love all the ingredients that goes into it! Would be great with roti!

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  30. Fab!! I am in love with Bengali food from now, though I've always been a Roshogulla lover, too. :)

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  31. lovely n healthy recipe deepa.....luks so delicious

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  32. Isn't this also called chochchori? or are they different? Whatever it is, I love chochori but unfortunately haven't yet mastered the art of cooking it.

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  33. a new dish to me..looks great..Please grab an award from my space :)

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  34. sounds amazing deepa..
    My hearty festive wishes to you & your family..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  35. Looks so tempting and delicious. Nice dish.
    Uma@Trendy Relish

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  36. Looks so tempting, finger licking food.

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  37. This Bengali preparation of LABRA looks so tasty even without adding any spices...never tasted this dish before..it is such a healthy one and I love the flavour of mustard oil...will definitely try it out.

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  38. I am not familiar with this recipe. However it looks delicious and i will try it. I am announcing Valentines Special – my 1st blog event and a Giveaway.!. Please do be a part of it and send in your recipes..! :)

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  39. its very similar to the oriya ghanta... loads of work, but yummy ofcourse...

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  40. This sounds so very delicious I would be surely trying this soon.Thanks for sharing.

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  41. I have almost all the veggies at home, will cook it for lunch tomorrow.

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  42. perfect pujo platter. makes me so nostalgic. thanks for sharing.

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  43. What happens to the cooked and drained spinach??
    Thanks, Anjali

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