Aloor Jhal | Bengali Potato Curry Recipe

Aloo Jhal - Aloo Batichorchori Recipe

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This Aloor Jhal is a modern twist on the classic aloo bati chorchori recipe, one of the lost Bengali recipes to the fast pacing life of today’s generation. However, this humble Bengali potato curry can surely make a way back to our busy lives owing to its quick and minimal ingredients. This aloo batichorchori recipe is vegan, gluten free and absolutely quickest potato recipe that you will ever come across.

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.

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Quick and Then Nailed It!

What if I tell you that there is no frying, no sautéing, or baking, or grinding involved in this simple aloo r batichorchori recipe! Yes, and that’s absolutely true. It is absolutely a 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.

Modernizing the humble Aloo Bati Chorchori and reviving one of the lost Bengali recipes

Cooking a Bati-Chorchori is almost a lost art now. As I often end up explaining to 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 a meatless variety of cooking is our range of Bati-Chorchori. I will leave a couple of them below in this post.

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. So, let’s get to know this recipe for Aloo Jhal or Aloo Batichorchori here:

How to make Aloor Jhal or Aloo Batichorchori – Ingredients list

  • Potatoes
  • Mustard Oil
  • Green Chilies
  • Salt
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves

Step-by-step instruction of how to make Aloor Jhal in Bengali style

What’s fascinating about this recipe is that you put everything together and leave it to cook on low heat for some time. In the early days, ladies would place the pot over the earthen oven and let it cook over the dying heat of the coal.

Today things have been quickened with magical cookwares like Pressure Cooker. Simply put 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! One of the lost Bengali recipes, Aloo Batichorchori or Aloo Jhal is ready.

How to serve this Bengali Aloo Batichorchori recipe?

Serve it with fresh chapattis or rotis. 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.

Few more Bengali Niramish Aloo or Potato recipes for you –

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Aloor Jhal | Bengali Potato Curry Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This Aloor Jhal is a modern twist on the classic aloo bati chorchori recipe, one of the lost Bengali recipes to the fact pacing life of today's generation. However, this humble Bengali potato curry can surely make a way back to our busy lives owing to its quick and minimal ingredients. This aloo batichorchori recipe is vegan, gluten free and absolutely quickest potato recipe that you will ever come across.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali
Keyword: Breakfast Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Potato Recipes, Vegan Recipes
Servings: 2 People
Author: Priyanka
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.

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