Hinger Kochuri Or Hing / Asafoetida Kachori With Potato Curry

Hinger kochuri or hing/Asafoetida kachori with potato curry.
A famous breakfast dish of Bengal. Hing or asafoetida flavoured split black gram or udad dal stuffed deep fried flat bread.
Usually served with chholar dal or chana dal aloor dom or potato curry. Everyone love the strong aroma of hing or asafoetida in the stuffing. For me its a perfect Sunday breakfast.

You can get some more fried breakfast recipes here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Biscuit roti

Instant kachori

Radhaballvi and dum aloo

Luchi dum aloo

Sending this post to 158 #Foodiemonday bloghop #IndianFlatBread theme.
Sharing an easy way to make this delicious aromatic savoury snack. I am sharing my mother’s recipe today. To retain the strong aroma of hing or asafoetida I have also added little hing in the dough as I heard from my maa. She always followed such small tricks in her cooking.

In Bengal you can get this delicious kachori in every roadside food stall.
I have served it with a potato curry. No not dum aloo its a delicious spicy no onion garlic potato gravy made with crumbled boiled potato. You can serve it with any bread, luchi or puri or paratha.

You can make the dough with half refined flour and half whole wheat flour. But for taste better to make it with maida or refined flour.

Recipe

For Stuffing

Split black gram or udad dal – 1/2 cup

Hing or asafoetida – 1 teaspoon

Fennel seeds or saunf – 1 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1-2

For the dough

Maida or refined flour – 1 cup

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 1/3 cup or as require

Oil for deep frying

For potato curry

Potato – 4 large, boiled

Tomato – 3, chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. In a large bowl mix refined flour or maida, salt and oil. Mix well.

2. Now add 1/4 teaspoon hing and add water slowly. Don’t mix all the water in one go.

3. Knead well. Make a smooth dough. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.

4. Soak fennel seeds or saunf in little water for easy grinding.

5. Drain the water from soaked split black gram. Wash again and drain the water.

6. Mix grated ginger, green chilli and soaked fennel seeds.

7. Add very little water if require. Grind altogether.

8. Don’t make too smooth. Mixture should be lightly coarse. But if it becomes smooth don’t worry. It will also fine.

9. Heat mustard oil in a nonstick pan.
Add hing or asafoetida.

10. Now add the ground mixture.
Add salt, sugar and cumin powder. Mix well.

11. Fry the mixture till it comes together and becomes like a dough. And raw smell goes away. You can smell the nice aroma.

12. Taste and adjust salt. If the strong aroma of hing or asafoetida is missing add little more hing. And mix well. Remove from heat.

13. If you want your stuffing more spicy, then you can add 1 teaspoon bhaja moshla and mix well. Get the bhaja moshla recipe here.

14. Let the mixture cool down.
Make small balls from the refined flour or maida dough. You can make 9 – 10 balls.

15. Roll the dough into a small disc with the help of little oil.

16. Place one teaspoon full split black gram or udad dal stuffing in the middle.

17. Bring the edges together and close the ball.

18. Seal the edges well.
Stuff all the balls like this.

19. Press gently and place the stuffed ball sealed side down.

20. Roll the balls gently with rolling pin. Don’t roll these too thin.

21. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok.
Slid the rolled kachori in the oil.

22. Press gently with a slatted spatula. When the kachori puffed up turn over and fry the other side too.

23. Remove from oil. Fry all the kachori in this process.

Potato curry

1. Peel and crumble the potatoes with your hand. Don’t make smooth paste, just crumble them.

2. Grind tomatoes, green chilli and ginger into a smooth paste.

3. Heat oil in a pan.
Add cumin seeds. Let them splutter.

4. Add hing stir and the ground tomato paste.

5. Add Cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder.

6. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add crumbled potatoes and salt. Mix well.
Fry for a minute.

7. Add 2 cup water and mix well.

8. Let it boil. Now reduce the flame. Simmer for 7 – 8 minutes. Stir occasionally.

9. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more water if require to make gravy.

10. Take out the curry in a serving bowl. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve with hot hinger kochuri or hing kachori.

Notes

1. Increases or decrease the chill according to your taste.

2. You can add 1/4 cup whole wheat flour or atta with refined flour for the dough.

3. If you are adding whole wheat flour or atta with refined flour add 1/2 teaspoon salt in the dough.

4. You can serve the kachori with dum aloo, chana dal or any spicy curry.

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Mochar Chop Or Banana Blossom Croquettes

Mochar chop or banana blossom croquettes. A deep fried delicious snack.
Vitamin and mineral rich banana blossom or flower called mocha in Bengal. Its not only nutritious but also delicious.
I have already shared a traditional Bengali recipe mochar ghono or banana blossom dry curry. Get the recipe here.

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Both the South Asians and Southeast Asians use banana flowers as a vegetable. They use it either raw or steamed with dips. They also use those in soups, curries and fried foods. The flavor resembles that of artichoke. Like artichokes, both the fleshy part of the bracts and the heart are edible.
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Now here is a delicious deep fried snack banana blossom croquettes or mochar chop.
You have to oil your hands before cleaning and chopping to avoid stain on your hands due to high iron content.

Recipe

Mocha or banana blossom – 1 small

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Boiled potatoes – 3 large

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Mustard oil – 2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Bhaja moshla or roasted spice powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon, get the recipe of bhaja moshla here

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Peanut – handful, roasted

Breadcrumb – 2 tablespoon

For batter

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Water – 1/3 cup

Breadcrumb and refined flour or maida for coating

Oil for deep fry

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Get the method of cleansing and chopping banana blossom here

2. Soak the chopped florets in the water with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder overnight.

3. Next day boil the chopped florets in pressure cooker with 1 & 1/2 cup water for 3 – 4 whistle or cook on high flame for 1 whistle then cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.

4. Let it cool down. Drain the water and wash again in running tap water.
Squeeze all the water.

5. Peel and mash or grate the potatoes.

6. Dry roast and peel the peanuts. Break the peanut into half.

7. Heat 2 teaspoon mustard oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

8. Add grated ginger and chopped green chili. Fry till the raw smell goes out.

9. Add squeezed banana blossom or mocha. Saute until dried up completely.

10. Add boiled and mashed potatoes salt, sugar, bhaja moshla or dry roasted and ground spices, chaat masala and cumin powder.

11. Mix well and saute till everything mixed nicely.

12. Add dry roasted peanut, mix and remove from heat and let it cool down.

13. In a bowl mix refined flour or maida and water. Mix water gradually and make a lump free batter.

14. In a plate spread breadcrumb and in another plate spread maida or refined flour.

15. Add 2 tablespoon breadcrumb in the banana blossom and potato mixture. Mix well with hand.

16. Make 7 – 8 balls. Make them round patties or give cylindrical shape.

17. Roll them on refined flour or maida then dip into the cornflour batter.

18. Roll on the breadcrumbs.

19. Make all the chop or croquettes like this.

20. Fry immediately or you can keep these in refrigerator and fry later.

21. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok.
Fry all the chop or croquettes. Stir gently with a slotted spatula. Fry evenly from all the sides.

22. Remove from oil and place on pepper towel.

Serve hot with kasundi or Bengali mustard sauce, tomato sauce or any sauce.
Enjoy…..

Notes

1. If you want you can add fried sliced onion in the croquettes. Or fry the onion slices with ginger and green chilli.

2. You can add raisins or chopped cashew nuts with peanut.

3. Add green chilli according to your taste. You can increase or decrease the amount of chillies.

4. You can add chopped and fried coconut pieces in the banana blossom potato mixture.

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Kashmiri Dum Aloo

Kashmiri dum aloo.
A very flavourful and lip-smacking no onion garlic potato curry from Kashmiri cuisine.
After Himachal Pradesh cuisine this month’s theme of the wonderful group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge is Kashmiri cuisine. So this month all the members of this group are sharing different dishes from beautiful state Kashmir.
This month my partner is very talented blogger Mayuri Patel who blog at
https://mayuris-jikoni.com

Mayuri gave me cinnamon and cashew as secret ingredients. I made this delicious Kashmiri dum aloo. And I gave her cinnamon and cardamom. Do check her blog for delicious Kashmiri beverage she made of these two ingredients.

This aromatic dum aloo is one of my favourite potato dish. I made it often now sharing the recipe here. Thanks to the group Shhhh Cooking Secretly challenge.

You can get some more potato recipes here

Luchi dum aloo

Radhaballavi with spicy potato

Aloo kofta curry

Batata bhaji

Peanut potatoes

Potato pie

Potatoes with nigella poppy seeds and tomato

Savoury potato cake

Stuffed potatoes

Masala aloo or spicy potato

No onion garlic spicy potatoes

In this recipe deep fried potatoes are cooked in aromatic gravy. You can make it dry or with thick gravy. Best accompany for steamed rice or any bread. You can serve it as a party side dish.

Recipe

Small potato – 12 – 14

Hung curd – 1/2 cup

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Fennel seed powder – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Tomato – 1 medium

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Bay leaf – 1

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Fennel seed – 1/2 teaspoon

Cloves – 3 – 4

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Mustard oil – 1/4 cup

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Hot water – 1 cup +1/4 cup

Chopped cilantro – 1 tablespoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cashews and cilantro to garnish

Method

1. Peel and wash the potatoes. Pat dry and prick with a fork.

2. Crush the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar pestle.

3. Soak almond and cashew nuts in 1/4 cup hot water or microwave on high power for 1 minute.

4. Let it cool down. Peel the almonds.
Grind peeled almond and cashew nuts with tomato. Make a smooth paste.

5. Whisk hung curd with salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, ginger powder, fennel seed powder and sugar.

6. For hung curd strain 1 cup curd with a muslin cloth. Tie and hang it for 1 hour. Place a bowl under it to collect the water. Don’t discard the water. You can use it to knead bread dough or make chhach or salted lassi with it.

7. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potatoes till light brown. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

8. In the same oil add bay leaf, fennel seeds, crushed cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and tomato, cashew and almond paste.

9. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Remove the pan from heat and add whisked spices mixed hung curd and potatoes. Mix well.

10. Again cook till it dried up completely and potatoes coated with spices. Stir continuously to avoid curdling the curd.

11. Add 1 cup hot water and chopped cilantro. Mix well and let it boil.
Cover and cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until the potatoes become tender.

12. Check after 15 minutes, if the curry dried up add 1/4 cup water more.

13. Sprinkle garam masala powder, mix and remove from heat. You can add 1 spoon ghee or clarified butter if you like.

14. Serve hot with steamed rice, roti, paratha, naan, puri or luchi.

Notes

1. If you don’t have ginger powder then you can add 1 teaspoon grated ginger with tomato while grinding.

2. For fennel powder you can dry roast the fennel seeds and grind in a coffee grinder or mortar pestle. Or grind with tomato, cashew and almond.

3. I made it dry but you can make thick gravy. But don’t make it runny. Too much water will ruin the taste.

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Chana Madra

Chana madra.
A very popular dish of Himachal Pradesh. No onion garlic rich chickpea curry cooked in yoghurt sauce. Easy to cook yet very flavourful and lip-smacking curry.

Yes after Hariyana we landed at Himachal Pradesh.
This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Himachal pradesh cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is lovely Priya Ayer. Who blog at https://thephotowali.wordpress.com
Priya gave me two interesting ingredients salt and curd And I made this lip smackingly delicious chana madra. Thanks Priya.

And I gave her cumin and tamarind.
Check out her blog for the amazing recipes she shared.

Himachal Pradesh ( literally “snow-laden province”) is a state of India located in North India. Situated in the Western Himalayas, it is bordered by states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on the southeast, and the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east. At its southernmost point, it also touches the state of Uttar Pradesh. The state’s name was coined from the Sanskrit—Him means ‘snow’ and achal means ‘land’ or ‘abode’—by acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, one of the state’s eminent Sanskrit scholars.
Himachal is well known for its handicrafts. The carpets, leather works, shawls, paintings, metalware, woodwork and paintings are worth appreciating. Pashmina shawl is one of the products which is highly in demand not only in Himachal but all over the country. Himachali caps are also famous art work of the people.
The day to day food of Himachalis is very similar to the rest of the north India. They too have lentil, broth, rice, vegetables and bread. As compared to other states in north India non-vegetarian cuisine is more preferred. Some of the specialities of Himachal include Manee, Madeera, Pateer, Chouck, Bhagjery and chutney of Til.
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You can get some more chickpea recipes here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Tomato coconut chickpea curry

Chickpea potato dry curry

Peas chickpea low calorie salad

This recipe is completely different. Yoghurt based curry flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, cloves and bay leaf. I am sure you will love the taste. You can serve it with steamed rice or any bread.

Recipe

Chickpea – 1 cup

Curd – 1 cup

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 /4 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Black Cardamom – 1

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3 – 4

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Rice flour – 1 tablespoon

Chopped coriander or cilantro leaves – 2 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 2 cup +1/4 cup

Method

1. Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight with 4 cup water.

2. Boil the chickpeas with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 cup water in a pressure cooker.

3. Mix cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and curd. Whisk the curd well.

4. Remove the seeds of black cardamom.
Crush Black cardamon seeds, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

5. Mix 1 tablespoon rice flour with 1/4 cup water. Stir and keep aside.

6. Heat oil in a pan.
Add cumin seeds, crushed cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and bay leaf.

7. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add asafoetida or hing.

8. Now add boiled chickpeas with water.
Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.

9. Reduce the flame to simmer and add spices mixed curd and salt. Add salt carefully. One teaspoon salt already added while boiling chickpeas.

10. Stir continuously to avoid curdling the curd.
Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

11. Cook on medium heat for 4 – 5 minutes. Keep stirring.

12. Add rice flour mixed water and mix well.

13. Cook for another 5 minutes or until you get desired consistency.
It will become thick when cool.
Switch off the heat.

14. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice or any bread.

Notes

1. You can add 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter before removing from heat if you like.

2. If you like your curry hot you can add few slit green chilli.

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Batata Bhaji Or Maharashtrian Dry Potato

Batata bhaji or Maharashtrian dry potato.
Whenever we think about Maharashtrian cuisine first thing comes in our mind is modak. Favourite sweet of Ganapati Bappa.
Then pav bhaji, bhelpuri, vada pav, misal pav, thalipeeth, puranpoli, sol kadhi, amrakhand, shrikhand and the list is endless.

I often make pav bhaji and vada pav at home. But when this week our Foodiemonday group decided the theme Maharashtrian cuisine I was little confused what to make for this week’s bloghop.
Mahesh comes to rescue. Thanks Mahesh.
Remember Mahesh? You all liked his ‘Bombay duck fry‘ guest post.
I have requested him for a quick recipe. And he gave me this easy to make but lip-smacking dry potato recipe. According to Mahesh usually people make this dry potato during fasting or to offer Lord Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi. So this recipe is without onion garlic.
You can get some more potato recipes here.

Sending this post to 144 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Maharashtrian cuisine.
Maharashtrian batata bhaji or potato bhaji is a very easy to make no onion garlic and delicious dry curry. You don’t need to use much spices. Only turmeric powder, ginger and green chilli and some tempering or tadka used to make it.

I have added little kashmiri red chilli powder to add some colour. But its optional. You can skip it.
If you want to use onions add 1 finely chopped onion along with curry leaves after tempering. But I loved it’s taste without onion. Ginger and green chilli will make the potatoes spicy and lip-smacking.

You can sprinkle one teaspoon lemon juice at the end if you like.
This batata bhaji goes well with puri, roti, naan, paratha or any bread. And you can also enjoy it a bowlful as a snack.

Recipe

Potatoes – 7 – 8 medium

Curry leaves – 15 – 16

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3, finely chopped

Rai or mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Chana dal or Bengal gram – a pinch

Udad dal or split and husked black lentil – a pinch

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Method

1. Boil and peel the potatoes. Make small pieces.

2. Grate the ginger.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds or rai, cumin seeds, bengal gram or chana dal and split black lentil.

4. When the seeds starts to splutter add grated ginger and finely chopped green chilli. Fry for a minute.

5. Now add curry leaves and asafetida or hing. Fry for few seconds.

6. Add potatoes, salt, turmeric powder and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Also add Kashmiri red chilli powder if using.
Mix everything well.

7. Cook on low flame for 4 – 5 minutes or until the potatoes slightly change it’s colour. Stir in between.

8. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.

Serve hot with puri, paratha, roti or naan.

Or you can serve it with toasted bread or mash and make filling for sandwiches. I love it bowlful as evening snack. Just sprinkle lemon juice and enjoy. Or add chopped onion, cilantro, cucumber or tomato etc just before serving. Choice is your.
Happy cooking 😊

Notes

1. If you want to use onion, add one finely chopped onion before adding ginger and chilli. And fry till the onion becomes translucent.

2. You can can add 1 – 2 teaspoon lemon juice at the end if you like tangy taste.

2. If you are making it for fasting people use rock salt. You can also add roasted or fried peanut.

3. Use chilli according to your taste.

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Stuffed Steamed Hyacinth Or Broad Beans

Stuffed steamed broad beans or Hyacinth beans. A no onion garlic recipe.
Broad beans called sheem, sem, hyacinth beans or butter beans.
Hyacinth beans are copper and iron rich vegetable.

According to Wikipedia, it is native to Africa and it is cultivated throughout the tropics for food. English language common names include hyacinth bean, lablab-bean bonavist bean/pea, dolichos bean, seim bean, lablab bean, Egyptian kidney bean, Indian bean, bataw and Australian pea. It is the only species in the
monotypic genus Lablab.

It also contains a number of vitamin such vitamin A, B vitamins, and vitamin C. it also contains some minerals such copper, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus.
Its helps to loss weight, prevent cancer, promote immune system, maintain healthy digestion, reduce cholesterol, improve cardiovascular health, ease asthma, enhance mood, improve brain function and treat insomnia, sore throat etc.
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Broad beans or Hyacinth beans stuffed with coconut and poppy seeds. Very easy to make yet delicious. Goes well with steamed rice.
You don’t need to saute fry or spend long hours in kitchen. You can prepare the stuffing and stuff the beans one day before and refrigerate. Just steam before meal time.

Recipe credit goes to my sister in law law Kajol. We love to talk about different recipes. And she has huge ideas and recipes. I never miss any of her recipe. Tried her every recipes and loved them. Thanks a lot Kajol for this awesome recipe.

If you love poppy seeds and coconut like me then its perfect for you.
You don’t need much spices to make it. You need only mustard oil, green chilli, coconut, poppy seeds, salt and sugar. Now have a look on the recipe.

Recipe

Broad beans – 250 gram

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Green chilli – 4 – 5 to garnish

Chilli flakes to garnish, optional

One medium sized banana leaf

For stuffing

Coconut – 1 cup, grated or finely chopped

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 4 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar to taste

Method

1. Wash and pat dry the broad beans or Hyacinth beans.

2. Cut the both tips and pull off the strings from the edges of both sides.
Carefully open from one side. See the picture below for method.

3. Soak the poppy seeds in hot water or microwave for one minute on full power with water to soak. Soak for 15 – 30 minutes for easy grinding.

4. Grind the soaked poppy seeds and green chilli. Add grated coconut in the grinder. Grind again and make a smooth paste.

5. Heat 2 teaspoon oil in a pan. Add the poppy seeds, coconut and green chilli paste, salt and sugar in it.

6. Saute till the mixture dried up completely.
Let it cool down.

7. Stuff the beans with this mixture.

8. Place a cleaned and washed banana leaf on the steamer basket. Arrange the stuffed beans over it.

9. Spread the remaining stuffing and 2 tablespoon mustard oil.
Place few green chillies. Sprinkle little red chilli flakes. Red chilli flakes is optional. I have sprinkled to add some colour. You can omit it if you want.

10. Pour 2 cup of water in the steamer. Place the steamer basket over it.

11. Cover and steam for 20 – 25 minutes or until the beans become tender.
Serve hot with steamed rice.

Notes

1. Use fresh coconut to make it.

2. Add little sugar to enhance the taste.

3. You can saute the stuffing with any oil but don’t forget to sprinkle mustard oil for perfect taste and flavour.

4. Remove the strings from beans carefully before cooking.

5. Use chillies according to your taste.

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Sukto / Bengali Mixed Vegetables

Sukto
Sukto or shuktoni is a Bengali traditional dish.
Mixed vegetables with less spices. Its taste mildly bitter and lightly sweet. In Bengali platter traditionally people start eating with a bitter dish, then main course in lunch. And the last course is sweet. Elderly people say that if you start your meal with a bitter dish then you feel other dishes more tasty 😀

 

Usually bitter gourd is used in sukto. But I heard from my mom that if it is preparing for marriage or any such auspicious occasion bitter gourd shouldn’t be used in it. That called misti sukto or sweet sukto. All the ingredients are same but it will be without bitter gourd.

Generally sukto is served with steamed rice.
Never thought of sharing sukto recipe on my blog. Because I thought its a very common recipe in Bengali household. But recently I was browsing through some Bengali traditional recipes. And noticed that every sukto recipe is different. So decided to share my both mother’s recipe. Yes my mother and mother in law both used to follow same recipe.

In Bengal radhuni is must in sukto. According to Wikipedia radhuni is known as wild celery in English. And known as ajmod in Hindi.

 

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In Bengal radhuni in used in panch phoran or five spices mix. Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.
But outside Bengal its not available so we (প্রবাসী বাঙালি) don’t use it.
But this time I have a packet of radhuni which I have bought from Kolkata. So I have used it. If you don’t have radhuni you can omit it. I have used whatever vegetables I have. You can use any vegetables of your choice like drumstick, raw papaya, sweet potato etc.
I like very mild bitter taste in sukto so used only 1/4 of bitter gourd but if you like you can use 1 small bitter gourd.

Recipe

Potato – 2

Raw banana – 2

Flat beans – 4 – 5

Radish or muli – 1 small

Eggplant or aubergine – 1 small

Bitter gourd or karela – 1/4

Mustard oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Panch phoran ( mixture of fenugreek, nigella, mustard, cumin and fennel seeds) – 2 teaspoon

Salt and sugar to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Aniseed or sounf – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds – 2 tablespoon

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Mustard powder – 2 teaspoon

Bari or dried lentil dumplings – 1/4 cup

Radhuni – 1/4 teaspoon

Flour or atta – 1 tablespoon

Milk – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak mustard powder in 2 tablespoon water, mix and keep aside.

2. Soak aniseed or sounf in water.

3. Soak poppy seeds in hot water for 15 – 20 minutes.

4. Peel and chop the potatoes and raw banana lengthwise.

5. Chop the radish, flat beans and eggplant or aubergine lengthwise.

6. Cut the bitter gourd in thin round pieces.

 

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7. Wash and drain all the vegetables.
Keep the bitter gourd aside.

8. Grind the poppy seeds, aniseed and ginger with the help of little water. Make a smooth paste.

9. Dry roast 1 teaspoon panch phoran and grind. I have used my mortal pestle to make powder of these roasted spices.

9. Heat oil in a pan. Fry all the vegetables separately.

10. Fry the bari or dried lentil dumplings.

11. At last fry the bitter gourd pieces and keep aside.

12. Add 1 teaspoon Pancho phoran,1/4 teaspoon radhuni and bay leaf in hot oil. Let the panch phoran splutter.

13. Add all the fried vegetables except bitter gourd.
Add poppy seeds, aniseed and ginger paste. Saute till it dried up.

14. Add salt, sugar, turmeric powder and soaked mustard powder.
Mix well.

15. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes. Add water and cover. Cook till the vegetables become tender.

16. Mix flour in milk. Mix well to make it lump free.

17. Add dried lentil dumplings and flour milk mixture. Mix well and cook till you get your desired consistency.

18. At last add fried bitter gourd pieces and 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter.

19. Taste and adjust the salt if require.
Remove from heat. Add roasted and powdered panch phoran and mix.

20. Your sukto is ready to serve.
Serve with hot steamed rice.

Notes

1. You can use any vegetables of your choice like drumstick, raw papaya, sweet potato etc.

2. If you don’t have radhuni you can omit it.

3. If you want to make it in less oil fry the bitter gourd pieces first. And then saute all the vegetables altogether. But traditionally vegetables should be fried separately.

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