Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Kumro Chakka (Bengali Pumpkin curry)

KUMRO CHHAKKA (Bengali Pumpkin curry)

Wanted:  A refrigerator full of vegetables. Reds, Greens, Yellows.

Wanted:  A vegetable chopper. Which will chop the way I please. Understanding instructions like gol-gol,mota , mota, dumo –dumo, perfect square and lomba-patla

Wanted:  Spice rack, which automatically refills.

Wanted:  A child (let’s just say my child) who transforms into veggie loving kiddo .

Wanted:  A vibrant vegetable dish- with all the colors , smelling heavenly of the spices- did you hear me say child friendly?

That last one just gave me an inspiration to cook. Yes, on it. :)


Pumpkin 300 gms  - (usually cut to 1.5 “ pieces)
 Potato 1-2 medium ((usually cut to 1.5 “ pieces)
 Ginger 1 heap tbsp, chopped fine
Onion 1 chopped finely
Tomatoes 1 small (optional, I added for the color burst)


Panch Phoron (Whole Five spices) 1 tsp (This is an integral part of the dish – and as the name suggests panch phoron is a combination of 5 spices, namely mustard seeds (shorshe), fennel (mouri), nigella (kalo jeera), cumin (jeera) and fenugreek seeds (methi. Wiki for More )
 Hing/Asafoetida ¼ tsp
Sugar 1 tsp or more (as per taste) Bengalis esp the West Bengal people love theirs a little sweet.I’m no exception. However Kumro is sweet on its own, so you can totally skip the step if you like. 
 Whole red chilies 1-2
Turmeric 3/4th tsp
Mustard oil 1 tbsp (or white oil or ghee) for cooking

Method : 

Heat the oil in a pan.
Sauté the onions in the heated oil, add ginger , tomatoes, red chillis and throw in the panch phoron.Stir till the phoron pops.
Now  add the vegetables
Put in turmeric powder, salt and sugar.
Stir for 2 -3 minutes, and add ½ cup of water for the vegetables to get cooked properly
As the vegetables get cooked properly, take out from flame and serve with Steamed rice and dal.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

mmm the kitchen is full of that bengali spice smell and I can’t wait to eat my kumro chakka. Pregnancy craving- so grateful you had posted the recipe! Thanks <3

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