Ingredients :Pumpkin(kumro) : 1/2
Potato : 2(medium)
Chola/kala chana/Black chickpeas : 1/2 cup (soak overnight or 4 hours in hot water)
Panch phoron : 2 tsp.(1 tsp. for tempering+1 tsp.dry roasting)(5 spices- fenugreek, mustard, white cumin, black cumin & fennel/aniseed(mouri) seed - mix each in equal quantity and store for future use)
Bay leaves : 1
Green chilli : 1 (slitted)
Turmeric Powder : 2 tsp.
Chilli powder : 1 tsp.
Cumin powder : 1 tsp.
Ghee(clarified butter) : 1 tblsp.
Bengali Garam masala : 1 tsp.(grounded powder mix of 1" cinnamon stick, 2-3 cardamoms, 3 cloves)
Raw peanuts : 1 tblsp.
Oil : 2 tblsp.
Salt to taste
Sugar : 1 tblsp.
Fresh coriander leaves(optional)
- Cut pumkin in big cube like pieces and potatoes in medium sized cubelike pieces. The pumpkin pieces should be bigger than potatoes, as pumpkin cooks faster than potatoes.
- Soak chickpeas overnight if possible, otherwise soak in hot water for 4 hours.
- Dry roast 1 tsp. panch phoron on hot tawa until seeds start to splutter and turn light brown, you'll get the aroma,too. Remove from heat and immediately grind in coffee grinder and keep in an airtight container for future use.
- Fry raw peanuts and grind coarsely into little pieces.
- Heat oil in a pan, temper with bay leaf and panch phoron, when seeds start turning light brown, add pumpkin and potato pieces. Add salt, slitted green chillies and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add all powdered spices and kala chana or chick peas now. Mix well adding 2-3 tblsp. water into it.
- When spices blend well, add 1 cup or enough water to cook the veggies. When water dries up and the veggies are cooked, check the seasoning and add sugar now. Mix well, the taste will be a blend of sweet and spicy. Add ghee and garam masala. Mix well, stir for 1 minute and remove from heat.
- Lastly add roasted panch phoron powder and fried peanuts. (this is the secret spice in my mom's recipe...oops, secret is out, mom)
- Garnish with fresh coriander leaves, if available.
Sending this veg. and legumes delight to MLLA : 18 to Srivalli of Cooking 4 All Seasons, event is a brainchild of Susan of The Well-seasoned Cook