May 29, 2014

Lau aar kumro ghanto (bottlegourd and pumpkin medley)

Laukumro ghonto

Now that it is getting warmer, we are spending a lot of time outside. Little A is riding his tricycle (he needs a little help every now and then) and Tiny M is being pushed around in a hand me down Kettler with a handle. In fact, he want to it all the time. When we bring him back in the house, there are tears.

Our favorite activity is to ride to the park, play, eat a snack and then ride back.

What are you doing now that summer is here?

My parents are here. Every time they visit, I wait for them to whip up a new dish. Last time it was kumro aar ucche (pumpkin and bitter gourd) chorchori, and before that it was shorshe begun (eggplant in mustard and peanut sauce).

This year it is lau aar kumro ghanto (bottle gourd and pumpkin medley). In this, the mild flavored vegetables are cooked in a bengali way (learn about ghanto way of preparing vegetables from Bong mom), with minimal spices and tastes fresh. It serves as a perfect first course on a warm day with rice and dal or even sambar.

About ½ lb lau (bottle gourd) - chopped into little squares
About ½ lb kumro (pumpkin) - chopped into little squares
½ tspoon - cumin seeds
2 green chillies - slit
¼ tspoon - turmeric powder
2 pinches of asafoetida powder
½ tspoon roasted cumin seed powder
1 tbspoon fresh chopped cilantro leaves (optional)
salt to taste
2 tbspoon oil

Heat oil in a sauce pan in medium heat and temper it with asafoetida, then immediately add cumin seeds and green chillies. Add turmeric powder, and lau and kumro pieces.

Let it cook for 5-6 minutes. Then add salt and roasted cumin seed powder cover and let it cook on low heat for 7-8 minutes till the vegetables are cooked. 
Laukumro ghonto

Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice.


  1. Ki bhalo dekhte lagche. Eyirokom aloo diye Maa korto luchi diye khetam ... kumro ar lau ekshonge korini kokhono ... korte hobe. Kumro ucche ta korechi ... amader khub bhalo legeche ... praaye kori. Ma Baba'r visit khub enjoy koro. :-)

    1. True, kichu khon. Aloo kumro koto bhalo lage, but this combination is new to me. halka mishti, besh bhalo laglo khete. :)

  2. The ingredients used are healthy too.
    Congratulations in being in the Directory of Best Indian Blogs for 2013-14

    1. Thanks Haddock, I am so glad to be part of the blogging community.

  3. It sounds lovely and idyllic- riding to the park and enjoying summer! Here in hot GA, we are spending time in splash pools and on lake beaches. I plan to go for a swim today.

    1. Sounds wonderful Nupur. The lakes here are not warm enough yet for a swim. Hope you enjoyed your swim.

  4. Lovely combination.. yummy!!

  5. You take lovely pictures Mandira. This dish was tempting...I tried this with Butternut Squash and carrots..didnt have bottle gourd at hand and sure enough it came out great. Simple yet great!!

    1. Thanks so much Aarthi. So glad you tried it and liked it. It's a comforting dish, simple and earthy.


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