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Paanch Mishali Torkari

tanya3286's picture
A mixed vegetables recipe hailing from West Bengal. Prepared with light spices and dried bay leaf, this juicy mixed vegetables preparation can contain your vegetables of choice and is usually mildly sweet because it almost always contains pumpkin.
Ingredients
  White cumin 1 Pinch (Shaada Jeera)
  Black cumin 1 Pinch (Kaala Jeera)
  Jeera 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Dried bay leaf 1 , torn in 3-4 pieces
  Cubed pumpkin 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), cubed
  Cubed potato 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), cubed
  Parwal 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), slit lengthwise and halved (Also Known As Potol)
  Snake gourd 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), slit lengthwise and cut in small pieces
  Radish 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), julienned (Mulo)
  Green chilies 2 , slit lengthwise
  Turmeric 1 Pinch
  Salt To Taste
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Oil 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Directions

Heat oil in a wok.
Add the white and black cumin.
Saute for 2 mins and add the bay leaf.
Saute for another 2 mins.
Add in the veggies. (you may add the vegetables that cook slowly before and the quick ccoking ones later)
Mix and stir well for 15 minutes after all the vegetables are in the wok.
Add the salt and turmeric while mixing the vegetables together
Add the green chilies and the cumin paste now.
Mix well for another 5 mins.
Add the water.
Set heat to high and let the preparation reduce a bit. (I make mine a little watery. you can reduce it to a more dry prepration too.)
Check the taste after the water has reduced after 15 mins. Check the vegetables to see if they are fork tender.
Cook further if required or take off the heat and serve with rice.
The secret to the taste for this lies in the sauteing. The more you stir and mix it, the more delicious it will be :)

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Bengali
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Spicy
Feel: 
Juicy
Method: 
Curried
Dish: 
Curry
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Story
An old recipe from my mom and one of the best known Bengali dishes.Sorry about the 3rd veggie. I do not think potol or parwal grows in western countries. You can add a quick cooking vegetable of choice, cubed or chopped... This recipe needs a bit more oil than your regular recipes as the vegetables are lightly sauteed before stewing them.

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2 Comments

Mrs.Jyotsna Solanki's picture
A healthy dish
tanya3286's picture
yes, it sure is! I hope you try it sometime... its a classic bengali preparation made with minimal spices, yet its fresh, juicy and great with rice :)