aloor jhal recipe

Aloor Jhal | Bengali Potato Curry Recipe

Aloor Jhal Recipes For Lazy Lunches or Laidback Dinners

How often do you find yourself drained at the end of the day, with absolutely no energy left to cook, rest aside fussing over elaborate dinner preparations? On such days what I like to do is keep few recipes up on my sleeves that are quick, simple and requires minimum preparation. This Aloor Jhal recipe is just perfect for those days when you are running low in terms of both time and energy.

Bengali Aloor Jhal recipeQuick and Then Nailed It!

What if I tell you that there is no frying, no sautéing, or baking, or grinding involved in this recipe! Yes, and that’s absolutely true. It is absolutely one-pot recipe which is done in flat 10 mins. And, I am not exaggerating! (Exaggerating..is that word even suitable here?) Well, don’t know if it is, but this recipe is surely suitable for those who lead a busy life juggling both home and office front perfectly.

Modernising The Bati-Chorchori

Cooking a Bati-Chorchori is almost a lost art now. As I often end up explaining my colleagues that Bengali food isn’t just about Fish and Meat, we actually have a mile long list of simple vegetarian dishes which actually does not even require onion and garlic. Branching from this list of meatless variety of cooking is our range of Bati-Chorchori.

The core concept is cutting vegetables in long and fine pieces and cooking them in a bowl with a touch of Mustard Oil, Salt, Turmeric and Green Chilies with some water on medium to low heat. As it would get cooked, finish it off with a slight drizzle of mustard oil and some finely chopped Coriander leaves. And that’s pretty much it!

The vegetables would vary as per what’s season’s fresh and readily available. In summers, it would be potatoes, potatoes coupled with pointed gourds, or even potatoes with some onions thrown in. In winters, fresh peas would accompany potatoes in this bati-chorchori recipe.

What’s fascinating about this recipe is that you put in everything together and leave it to cook on low heat for some time. In early days, ladies would place the pot over the earthen oven and let it cook over the dying heat of coal. Today things have been quicken with magical cookwares like Pressure Cooker. Simply put in everything in a pressure cooker and allow it to whistle 2-3 times. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool down completely. And, that’s the whole of it!

Serve it with fresh chapattis or rutis. Or, if you feel like sparing some extra ounce of efforts then make some luchis. Traditionally, this meal combination is for breakfasts, however, in my house both me and S never bother about such elaborate breakfasts, even on holidays. So, this our traditional Bengali meal idea for lunch or dinners.

I shared the meal idea on Instagram few days back, you can have a look here.

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali
Servings: 2 People
Ingredients
  • 2 Potatoes Large - Cut in thin long stripes
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Salt to Taste
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves to Garnish
Instructions
  1. Take a pressure cooker and slightly warm the oil in it.

  2. Add the potatoes and stir it once. Add rest of the ingredients, except coriander leaves and let it cook till 2-3 whistles. 

    Don't let it turn mushy, just cooked. Use judgement while adding the chilies.

  3. Once the pressure cooker is cool enough, open it and add the chopped coriander leaves.

  4. Serve with luchis or parathas or rotis.

 

About The Author


speakingaloud

How about I share my daily kitchen escapades with you so that you can plan your meals efficiently. Me and my hubby are foodies with a limited appetite. That is, we love food and enjoy smaller meal portions throughout the day. So, I end up making different dishes to keep up with our excitement to try various cuisine. Plan your Bengali Vegetarian Meals with me as I share quick and easy ways of making traditional Bengali dishes. To keep up with our prominent sweet-tooth, I do baking where I try to re-create luxurious dessert recipes using easily available ingredients, at home. Also, read about my travel stories here.

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