Trust us Bengali cuisine has much more to offer than macher jhol and mutton kosha. These popular delicacies are just a drop in the bucket. As rich and diversified as its culture, Bengali cuisine offers you an extensive range of both veg and non-veg dishes. Yes, you read it right! Bengali food culture includes a wide range of unique veg recipes that leave a strong and flavourful impression on your palate. In fact, if you explore, you will find the list of veg foods is longer than the non-veg ones. And if you are someone who likes playing with flavours, then these dishes are must-try for you! With unique spices and amazing balance of salt and sugar, Bengali vegetarian recipes are just irresistible.
We bring you one such amazing dish called chorchori. It is a quintessential mixed veg sabzi that generally includes potato and different seasonal produce in the recipe. Hence, you will find ingredients varying in different households. But what remains constant and makes the dish unique is the addition of panchphoron - a classic Bengali masala made with 5 spices. A pinch of panchphoron in the recipe makes chorchori standout in the lot. Click here to know more about panchphoron.
How To Make Bengali-Style Chorchori | Chorchori (Bengali-Style Mix Veg) Recipe:
In this particular chorchori recipe, we include vegetables like potato, brinjal, cauliflower and pumpkin. The recipe also includes ginger, garlic, panchphoron, green chilli, bay leaf, coriander leaves, jeera-dhania powder, salt and sugar. Always remember, use mustard oil for this recipe to add that extra zing to chorchori.
All you need to do now is heat mustard oil and add pounded ginger-garlic-green chilli, bay leaf and panchphoron to it. Sauté for a while and add the potatoes. Once the potatoes are half fried add cauliflower and salt to the kadhai and close the lid for a few minutes. Now, add rest of the spices and vegetables to it and mix well till every vegetable piece is well coated with the masala. Close the lid and let the sabzi cook again for a few minutes. Once you get the desired consistency and texture, switch off the flame and transfer the chorchori to a bowl. You may garnish the dish with a spoon of ghee.
Click herefor the step-by-step chorchori recipe (with quantity of the ingredients).
In a quintessential Bengali household, chorchori also gets a non-veg spin with the inclusion of fried fish head to it. You may also add a handful of fried shrimps to the dish.
Pair this Bengali vegetarian delicacy with rice, roti, luchi or paratha and enjoy a soulful meal whenever you feel like. Do not forget to let us know how you like it in the comments section below.
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