Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Kumror Choka/chakka - A Pumkin Delight from Bengali cuisine

Kumror choka or chakka, is an absolutely delightful dish made from pumpkin, belongs to bengali cuisine. The method of cooking this dish differs slightly from home to home. Every home has their own touch on it. But the main ingredients are always the same...pumpkin, potato and kala chana or black chick peas. Some people also add parwal/patol/pointed guard, too. But that is optional. The spices also play an important role, here. The taste differs there. Today, I'll share my mom's recipe of Kumror Chakka, as we call it. Her spicing system is the secret touch in this dish. I think my mom makes this dish the best. It goes very well with roti, luchi(phulka) or paratha and even taste very good with rice. Try it out, who havn't tried it's absolutely yummy................

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)

Method :
  • 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. 
The aroma of roasted panch phoron powder makes this dish so different and chick peas add the crunch, here......Serve hot with rice or rotis............try it out

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


shanthi said...

Yummy and different gravy with pumpkin

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Indrani
This is the one I was looking for. Now I recall , maa used to cook both spice system, roasted jeera, or roasted panch Phodon. I am going to make it now.
Thank you so much for sharing!!!
Bhalo theko

Priya said...

Quite a new dish with pumpking, looks fantastic..

Malar Gandhi said...

Thanks for sharing such a flavourful Pumpkin dish, I never know any variation to do with this vegetable...other than stir-frying.

Nithya Praveen said...

Completely new to me:)my husband is from Calcutta so he loves Bengali cuisine.Am gona try this now:).Thanks for this recipe.

Sayantani said...

Indtani eta amar bhishon favourite. amio bhaja masla die banai. ruti ba luchi die tarpare halum hulum kore khai :-)

Tina said...

Its a new recipe to me..Sounds delicious...

Parita said...

Love bengali pumpkin dish..had tasted once at a friends place and fell in love with it :)

Bong Mom said...

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year Indrani

Renu said...

yes yo are right...I just love the aroma of panchphoran.....I make this veggie too but without potato and channa daal...will try ur version too

Shankar said...

OHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! terrrrrrific. I remember may be 35 yrs passed I never had a chance to test these foods as staying out of bengal and no one to teach me. Thanks a lot buddy. Keep adding some more authentic bengali food easy to cook and fantastic to eat.:)))))


PreeOccupied said...

Came here through Soma's. Using peanuts in the Chokka is new for me. I can imagine the crunch it'd have added.

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