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Lou Patta Bata /Bottle Gourd Leaves Paste

Today in our Potluck Party Cyber Style I am taking a very simple yet a unique recipe from Bengal. I hope friends will like this traditional age old favorite recipe from Bengal kitchen. We in Bengalis love to use every bit of the vegetable and try to make it as delicious as possible. Lou patta bata is made with fine paste of bottle gourd leaves. Join me in the delicious journey hope you all will like it.

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 10 minutes
Serves 2 to 3

6 to 8 big fresh lau / lauki/  dhudhi or ghiya/ bottle gourd leaves
½  tsp kalonjee/ nigella sativa
1 whole red chilly broken into halves
4 cloves of garlic
2 green chilly
¼  tsp sugar 
1tbsp mustard oil
Salt to taste 

Methods of Cooking
Take the lau /bottle gourd leaves wash them well in warm water. Then chop them and put in to your blender with garlic cloves, green chilly, salt and sugar. Make a fine paste. Heat oil in pan add kalonjee/ nigella sativa and broken whole red chilly. When it starts to splutter add the paste. Stir and cook till oil comes out from the mixture. Serve with hot rice. Just take the paste and mix with steaming hot rice and relish garlicky hot bottle gourd leaves paste. This is usually served with the starter in a full course lunch.

Sending this to our friend Jagruti's cooking event Potluck Party Cyber Style.

Happy Cooking!


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