05 August, 2010

Paanch mishali torkari (vegetables in 5 spices)

Hmmm...not too sure how much my non-Bangali friends may like this concoction of vegetables n spices but I would recommend a try. :)

Phoron (tempering):
1 tbsp shorshe/rai/sarso (mustrad) seeds
1 tbsp methi (fenugreek) seeds
1 tbsp saunf (fennel) seeds
1 tbsp radhuni/ajmod (wild celery) seeds 
1 tbsp kalonji (black onion/caraway) seeds

Mix them together and store in an air tight bottle for future use.

1 cup muli (raddish) cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup kumbro (red pumpkin) cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup begun (brinjal) cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup bhindi (ladies fingers) cut into 1 inch cubes
1 bunch palak (spinach) OR pui shaak, washed and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tomato cut into 4 pieces
1 tsp oil, can use mustard oil if you like the taste
1 tbsp phoron (tempering)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 green chillies, split into half

Place the pressure cooker on medium high.
Add the oil, let it warm and add 1 tbsp of the phoron (tempering spices). Let it splutter.
Add the muli (raddish), kumbro (red pumpkin), begun (brinjal) and bhindi (ladies fingers) and fry for a couple of minutes. You will begin to smell the fried fragrance of the vegetables.
Then add the palak (spinach) OR pui shaak and mix it into the vegetables. At this point you can add a teaspoon of sugar and mix it up.
Add turmeric, salt and tomatoes. Mix up the vegetables. Lid the cooker and allow for 1 whistle.
Switch off the heat.
Serve with steamed rice OR khichuri OR roti


Umm Mymoonah said...

Heard of this five spices, but din't what are the combinations. Now i know.
I will definitely try.

SuhaelAmrita said...

Hope you like it! :)

Satya said...

sounds interesting n looks healthy too ...what is celery seeds??very new to me


SuhaelAmrita said...

Hi Satya.

It is known as radhuni in Bangal. looks like ajwain and is from the family of ajwain but has a distinct flavor as well as taste.

Its also known as celer seeds in english.

In case you dont find this seed you can substitute it with corriander seeds.

Happy cooking...

shanthi said...

Sounds interesting

Sudha said...

thank you for stopping by my blog and adding it to your list...I loved your blogs...must say...i share your love for food ...and get excited about things beyond butter masala and chole :)..I was introduced to bengali food by a neighbour...and love east indian cuisine but have restricted myself to veggie dishes...i am definitely going to try your recipes...your blogs are going to be a definite go to place for me from now on :)

do keep stopping by..i would love to share and exchange ideas with you :)

take care

SuhaelAmrita said...

Hey Sudha.

Thanks so much for dropping by and yes, I am looking forward to be in touch with you on idea's!

You have a lovely space too...



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