Labra ~ Assamese Vegetable curry

by - April 03, 2014

Labra ~ Assamese Vegetable curry


        Our journey continues to another seven sister state 'Assam' for third day of mega marathon.   'Assam' is not only famous for holiday destination but also retains its culture and  topographical speaking.  Like Assamese people, their food also very simple and bland with little or no spices but yet delicious and healthy.  Ginger, garlic, chillies, onions are generously used and mustard oil is the traditionally used for cooking.

     Rice or  bhaat  is the staple food of the people. They eat bhaat with dal with  masor jul  (fish curry), with  mangso (meat curry) or  xaak and  bhaji  (herbs and vegetables). The curries are generally seasoned with punch poran (five spices mixed together in equal amount).  Mostly their dishes are steamed cooked or grilled or in the form of slight stew.  The below recipe is very simple to make but tasted different from our regular south Indian curries.  Try and explore the taste of Assam.


Preparation time : 5 minutes
Cooking time: Less than 40 minutes
Serves: 2 ~ 3
Adapted from Sunitabhuyan

Ingredients:
3 cups of chopped vegetables ( I used pumkin, eggplant, potatoes and carrot)
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/2 ~ 2 cups of water
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

For Grinding:
1 small onion, chopped
2 ~ 4 garlic pods
1 tsp minced ginger
1 red chilli

For Seasoning:
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp panch puran 
1 bay leaf
1 red chilli, broken 

For Panch puran:

Mix equal part of fenugreek seed, nigella seed, cumin seed, black mustard seed and fennel seed together and store it in a container. Use when ever required.

Method:

1. Grind the grinding ingredients in to fine paste. Heat oil in a pan, add seasoning ingredients as listed. When seeds splutter, add ground mixture and saute until water evaporates from it.
2. Add chopped potatoes, eggplant, carrot and pumpkin. Stir well to coat masala on them. Add salt and sugar.
3. Cover and cook the veggies for 10 minutes on low heat. Stir in between.
4. Add cumin powder and turmeric powder. Mix and cook for a minute. Add water and cook it on high heat. When mixture starts to boil, Lower the heat. Cover and cook until all the veggies become soft and little mushy. 
5. Add garam masala and mix. Cook the mixture on high heat to reduce the water to achieve semi gravy consistency. Turn off the heat and serve hot with rice or roti.

Labra ~ Assamese Vegetable curry


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Labra ~ Assamese Vegetable Curry


 Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: Less than 40 minutes
Serves: 2 ~ 3
Adapted from Sunitabhuyan

Ingredients:
3 cups of chopped vegetables ( I used pumkin, eggplant, potatoes and carrot)
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/2 ~ 2 cups of water
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

For Grinding:
1 small onion, chopped
2 ~ 4 garlic pods
1 tsp minced ginger
1 red chilli

For Seasoning:
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp panch puran 
1 bay leaf
1 red chilli, broken 

For Panch puran:

Mix equal part of fenugreek seed, nigella seed, cumin seed, black mustard seed and fennel seed together and store it in a container. Use when ever required.

Method:

1. Grind the grinding ingredients in to fine paste. Heat oil in a pan, add seasoning ingredients as listed. When seeds splutter, add ground mixture and saute until water evaporates from it.
2. Add chopped potatoes, eggplant, carrot and pumpkin. Stir well to coat masala on them. Add salt and sugar.
3. Cover and cook the veggies for 10 minutes on low heat. Stir in between.
4. Add cumin powder and turmeric powder. Mix and cook for a minute. Add water and cook it on high heat. When mixture starts to boil, Lower the heat. Cover and cook until all the veggies become soft and little mushy. 
5. Add garam masala and mix. Cook the mixture on high heat to reduce the water to achieve semi gravy consistency. Turn off the heat and serve hot with rice or roti.
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20 comments

  1. yummy and delicious!!! Labra day today!!

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  2. Sunita's Labra post is the most referenced one for today's Assam theme :-) I made Labra too and loved it. Yours looks yummy!!

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  3. Labra looks flavourful and am ready to enjoy this delicious vegetable curry with some rice anytime.

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  4. Healthy and delicious recipe.. looks great!

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  5. Good one. With so many Labra recipes in our group, I am sure I am going to try out atleast once to check out the taste :)

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  6. lovely vegetable medley.. looks perfect

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  7. Labra is the dish of the day!..yours seem to have come out very well too..

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  8. looking healthy and delicious!

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  9. Like this version of mixed veggies. .a nice change from the regular one. Like the way it has been cooked.

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  10. You have shared some nice information in this post.Thanks for sharing such valuable post.

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  11. Labra looks so delicious! I also like the recipes from Sunita's space....

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  12. Labra sounds healthy and inviting,another version of labra of the day...

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  13. Delicious curry.. Will be yummy with rice or roti..

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  14. Delicious curry and so many of you made this and now I am tempted to give it a try.

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  15. A flavorful vegetable medley. Really looks yummy.

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  16. Labra looks delicious and mouth watering...

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