Jati Lau Khar

Jati Lau Khar  is a traditional Assamese dish prepared with bottle gourd.

Khar is alkaline liquid made from banana peel or banana trunk. It is inseparable part of Assamese cuisines.


  • 1/2 bottle gourd, cut into medium-sized chunks
  • 1 cup Kola Khar (khar made from sundried, burnt banana peel ash)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pinch mustard seeds
  • 2 dried red chili
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 onion, finely chopped (optional)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat oil and add mustard seeds, dried red chilies, onion and garlic. Sauté till onions become transparent.
  2. Add bottle gourd, salt and cook for some time.
  3. Add a cup of water (khar) and cook till bottle gourd becomes pulpy.
  4. Garnish with green chilies. Serve Jati Lau khar hot with rice

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