Badis are cone-shaped dumplings made from lentils and usually sun dried. But you can bake them at home also. Badis add a different dimension to even an ordinary simple vegetable dish and in eastern parts of India where I hail from, badis are frequently used in cooking.
Ingredients Cooking time: 25 minutes
ü 1 large bottle gourd or lauki or lau as you call it (chopped)
ü 10-12 badis
ü 1 tsp turmeric powder
ü 1/2 tsp panch phoron
ü 5-6 green chillies (chopped)
ü Sugar (optional if you like)
ü Salt to taste
ü White oil for cooking
Note: Panch phoron is a mix of five spices in equal proportions, including fennels seeds, cumin seeds, nigella seeds, methi seeds and black mustard seeds.
4) Cook covered till bottle gourd is cooked through. Just before removing the dish from the heat, add the fried badis and mix in properly.
5) Serve hot with rice or chapati.