February 25, 2014

Jhaler Jhol (Bengali Vegetarian Curry)

Serves 2 persons


For Masoor Dal Fritters:

1. Masoor Dal - 1 cup soaked for 1 hour and grind into a fine paste with very little water.
2. Turmeric - 1/2 teaspoon
3. Salt and sugar as per taste
4. Red Chili powder - 1/2 teaspoon
5. Vegetable or Canola oil for deep frying

Making the Fritters:
1. Mix all the ingredients under "Masoor Dal Fritters" and bit well for 15 minutes.
2. Now heat oil in a deep frying pan and add each tablespoon of this mixture and fry till golden brown.
3. Take the fritters out of the pan and place on paper towel.

For the gravy:

1. Parwal or potol 6-8 peeled and lengthwise halved
2. Potato 1 large peeled and lengthwise cut into pieces
3. Cumin powder - 1 teaspoon
4. Coriander powder 1 1/2 teaspoon
5. Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
6. Red chili powder - 1/2 teaspoon
7. Panch foron - 1 teaspoon
8. Salt and sugar as per taste
9. Masoor dal Fritters
10. Vegetable oil 2 tablespoons for cooking


1. Take a pan and heat oil in it. Now add panch foron for tempering. when they start crackling add the vegetables and fry till they are light brown.
2. Now make a paste of all the  Cumin ,Coriander ,Turmeric ,Red chili Powder and add into the pan and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
3. Now add 2 cups of water into the pan and cook for 20 minutes with lid on low heat.
4. After 15 minutes open the lid and add the fritters and cook on high heat for 10 minutes.