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Yields: 6 Servings Difficulty: Difficult Prep Time: 20 Mins Cook Time: 1 Hr Total Time: 1 Hr 20 Mins
Labra Image


  • Author: Mish
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Labra is cooked with a variety of vegetables. Labra is made generally during special occasions but it is a must during Durga puja and Bengali Lakshmi puja. Family recipes differ as to which vegetable goes into the labra.  Labra is generally accompanied with khichuri.



  • 500 gm Pumpkin
  • 6 Eggplant (brinjal) – small ones
  • 1 Cauliflower – small cut into florets
  • 2 Sweet Potato – medium size
  • 2 Potato – medium size
  • 8 to 10 nos. Broad Beans
  • 8 to 10 Lentil Dumplings/Bori/Wadi (store bought)
  • 2 Tomato – medium size
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • 4 Whole Red Dry Chili
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Paanch Phoron
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 4 Green Chili – slit length wise
  • 1 tsp Jeera Powder
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 3 tbsp Mustard Oil


  1. All the vegetables are cut into large chunks about 4 cm uniformly.The vegetables are cooked in a particular order, the ones which take time to cook go in first.
  2. Saute the wadi in oil till it turns golden brown. Keep aside.
  3. Heat oil.
  4. Add bay leaves and dry red chili.
  5. Now add the paanch phoron and let it splutter.
  6. Add green chilies and ginger paste. Saute on low so as not to burn the spices.
  7. Add tomatoes and saute.
  8. Add salt, turmeric powder and jeera powder and mix well.
  9. Now add the vegetables one by one. First add the potatoes. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  10. Now add the pumpkin and saute. Cover and cook for a minute.
  11. Now add the broad beans and mix well. Cover and cook for a minute.
  12. Add the cauliflowers and the eggplant. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  13. Add sugar, mix well and cover. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or till the vegetables become soft.
  14. Garnish with fresh coriander, bori and ghee. Cover for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with Khichuri or rice.Labra Image


Paanch phoron includes an equal quantity of five spices- cumin seeds, nigella seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, and mustard seeds.

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