Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"Kumror Choka" ~ Bengali-style pumpkin curry

Hey friends! Back after a long time!
I was perfectly well and was cooking something or other thing as usual. But was not feeling much like sharing pictures or writing recipes. It happen sometimes! However, finally I am able to retrieve all the enthusiasm. 
Today I am sharing a typical Bong recipe...Very common, popular yet delicious! 
I am sharing recipe for "Kumror Choka" (Bengali style dry pumpkin curry), the way my Ma cooks.

Recipe adapted from Ma
Yield 4
Ingredients for "Kumror Choka" :
  1. Raw pumpkin 400 gm (do not peel the green skin, cut into large cubes)
  2. Potato 2 medium (peeled and cut into medium cubes)
  3. Chickpea 1 handful (soaked over night and boiled with salt)
  4. Panchphoron 1/4 tea spoon
  5. Dry red chili 2
  6. Turmeric powder
  7. Salt (according to taste)
  8. Sugar 1 tea spoon
  9. Mustard oil 3 table spoon
How to prepare Kumror Choka :
  • Wash vegetables under running water.
  • Heat mustard oil in a pan. Add panchphoron and dry red chilies. Let them get fragrant and do not burn. 
  • Add potato cubes. Sauté potato pieces over high flame for few minutes with little salt and turmeric powder. Cover with a lid and cook over low flame for couple of minutes. 
  • Now add pumpkin cubes and boiled chickpeas. Add required salt and turmeric powder. Sauté over high for a couple of minutes and then lower the heat. Cover it and cook until everything is well cooked and little mussy in texture. Add sugar and check seasoning. 
  • Kumror Choka pairs well with luchi porota or ruti.

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