Aloo Chingri Peyajkolir Chorchori
I love winter only because I get lots of Vegetables through out the season, specially green vegetables. Winter comes with fresh vegetables, fruits and I eagerly wait for it's arrival to enjoy delicious home cooked meal with such fresh veggies. And since childhood, I've seen Baba brings fresh Peyajkoli, big begun, bandhakopi, phulkopi and many more. My Baba also love Peyajkoli in any way. But the best of them is Peyajkoli kucho chingrir Or choto macher chorchori. It's a family favorite. In this recipe only few ingredients are used and makes a delicious dish. Thin masur dal with chopped chilantro and dash of lemon juice goes best with this. If you wish can have Bhaja Muger Dal instead. In Hyderabad, Peyajkoli is not a regular vegetable. Some vegetables shopkeepers bring such Bengali vegetables all the way from West Bengal. 2 months ago, I became very sick, down with viral pneumonia and flu. And had to admitted to the nearest Hospital in ICU. At the very stage my mother had to come to Hyderabad all the way from Kolkata in 3 hours of notice. As I've a very small kid. At that stage I was also thinking of Peyajkoli, as my mom came from Kolkata, I was wishing I could ask her to get some for me. That much I love Peyajkoli. Any way, after coming back to home from hospital, my craving for Peyajkoli had increased, and I've started looking for it in my vegetable shop. But in vain, no where I found it. But suddenly I came to know about a shop who keeps Peyajkoli and other Bengali vegetables. No sooner I rushed to him and got my Peyajkoli along with 2 big brinjals. Happy me, now cooking my favorite dishes of Peyajkoli.
Peyajkoli is known as Onion Flower stalk in English, this is only available in winter. And mostly available in North Eastern part of India. In West Bengal this vegetable is very much popular, this can be cooked many ways. You can simply stir fry the chopped Peyajkoli with potato sticks or can be added in Fish curry aka Machher Jhol with potatoes, can be added in Dal or can be cooked with small fishes like anchovy or shrimps. The presence of this vegetables makes a simple dish testier. Peyajkoli doesn't have a strong smell like onion but add a nice aroma in any dish.
This is a very recipe with few ingredients only, with lots of veggies and some sauted shrimps. Goes well with steamed rice , dal and dash of lime juice.
Ingredients of Chingri Peyajkolir Torkari
- Shrimps, medium 10 or small 15, deshelled and devined
- Salt to marinate the shrimps
- Turmeric to marinate the shrimps
- Mustard oil 2+1 tablespoons
- Panch foron 1 teaspoon
- Green chili 1
- Onion 2 medium size, finely chopped
- Potat 2 medium size , peeled and chopped
- Eggplant, chopped 2 cups
- Salt to taste
- Turmeric 1/3 teaspoon
- Red chili powder 1/3 teaspoon or to taste
- Sugar, 1 decent pinch (optional)
- Peyajkoli, 1 bunch chopped into 2" long pieces
- Warm water 1/2 cup
How to make Chingri Peyajkolir Torkari Recipe
- Take the deshelled and devined shrimps in a bowl, add salt and turmeric and marinate well, keep aside.
- Heat 2 tablespoons mustard oil in a wok or pan till the oil smokes. When the oil will start smoking, simmer the gas and add the marinated shrimps. Lightly fry the
- shrimps for few seconds, do not over cook them. Otherwise the shrimps will get chewy.
- Now take the sauted shrimps out of the wok/pan and keep in a bowl and keep the bowl aside for later use.
- In the same oil, add the rest 1 tablespoon oil and let the oil heat. Now add panch foron and green chili to the wok/pan and fry for a while till a nice aroma comes.
- Keep watching, do not let the panch foron get burnt.
- Now add chopped onion and fry for 5 seconds.
- Add chopped potato and eggplant to the wok/pan and give a stir to mix everything well.
- Add salt to taste, turmeric & red chili powder. Keep stirring, and coat the vegetables well with the spices.
- This step will take 2 to 3 minutes. After 2 to 3 minutes add the chopped Peyajkoli to the wok/pan and stir again.
- Now add 1/2 cup warm water to the wok/pan and cover it with a lid, simmer the gas to let everything cook well.
- Keep it as it is for minimum 5 minutes. After 5 minutes check if the vegetables are soft and tender. If no, then sprinkle some water and keep the wok/pan covered for another couple of minutes. If the vegetables are already cooked open the lid, higher the gas and keep stirring everything for couple of minutes to make the dish little bit dry. Add sugar if you want. This is absolutely optional.
- Now trun off the gas and pour the dry sabji in a serving bowl and serve with steamy hot rice, thin masur dal.
Notes1.The cooking time will depend upon the climate and water, in hill area this will take a bit longer than a plain land. 2. Shrimps can be replaced by anchovy or if you wish can avoid adding any seafood. This mishmash tastes as it is without adding any non-veg protein.
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