আনজ দিয়ে ঝালার ঝোল | Bengali Mix-Vegetable Curry
If you count the recipes for bengali niramish ranna, I guess this Anaj diye jhaler Jhol recipe would top the list of the most repeated one.
In a Bengali household, Anaj diye Aloo kanchkolar Jhol is like a miracle medicine that cures all. If you ever make the mistake of telling your mom that your bowel has been unusual for past few days, expect a plate of rice with a bowl of this Jhol for lunch and dinner for next few days.
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It is a fact that in case of niramish recipe collection, Bengali cuisine offers a million of options. And, the best thing about this Jhaler Jhol recipe is that you get to stuff in as many veggies as you like in it. Traditionally, an Anajer Jhol would comprise of Aloo (Potato), Begun (Aubergine), Kanchkolar (Raw Banana), Borboti (Long Beans) & Potol (Pointed Gourd). And along with all the veggies, there would friend lentil fritters, known as bori.
Baby Meal Ideas for 10 month old babies
My purpose of making niramish Anajer Jhol is simple, align Aria’s meal with ours. I am trying to include our meals into hers, so that she can get accustomed to the taste of adult food gradually. In this way, she gets multiple veggies in her lunch to go with minimal dosage of oil and spices. Since Aria has around 4 of her front teeth at 10 months, baby food indian recipes like this is fairly chewable and digestable by her. Served with some overcooked and mushy rice, she loved it with a couple of drops of lemon for her lunch.
Also, S is a HUGE fan of such simple jhols. He is man of simple needs for simplest meals. Give him a plate full of rice, some Jhol and a lemon wedge. He would cozily curl up and enjoy his food without any fuss. And, I get to clean out my veggie bin! It’s a win-win for all of us.
So, the recipe for Anajer Jhaler Jhol is pretty generic and you can easily add or minus the veggies of your choice. For instance, I didn’t have Kanchkolar (Raw Banana) & Borboti (Long Beans) at my end, so I replaced them with Kumro (Pumpkin). Also, I am not a very big fan of Bori, so instead I used Urad Dal (Kolai Dal) for tempering. In case, you have bori at your end, simply fry them first in the oil till golden-brown and then keep them aside. Add them back to the Jhol in the end.
Best thing about this Jhaler Jhol recipe is that you get to stuff in as many veggies as you like in it. Traditionally, an Anajer Jhol would comprise of Aloo (Potato), Begun (Aubergine), Kanchkolar (Raw Banana), Borboti (Long Beans) & Potol (Pointed Gourd). And along with all the veggies, there would friend lentil fritters, known as bori.
- 1 cup Pumpkin Cubes
- 2 nos. Potato Sliced lengthwise
- 1 Aubergine Sliced breadthwise
- 1/2 Raw Papaya Cut in Cubes
- 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
- 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
- 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
- 2 tbsp Poppy Seeds
- 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
- 4-5 Black Peppercorns
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
When you cut the veggies, note that the cubes should be of uniform size. Potato slices can be thinner, and aubergine slices a bit toward thicker end.
Take Mustard Seeds, Poppy Seeds, Coriander Powder and Peppercorns and pulse them into a fine powder.
Now, heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the Urad Dal in it. Let it turn golden on low-medium heat.
Now, add the Potato and Pumpkin in the oil. Add Turmeric Powder and fry for a couple of minutes.
Then add rest of the veggies, salt and the powdered mix of mustard seeds, poppy seeds, coriander powder & peppercorns
Add around a cup of water and give everything a stir. Put the lid on of the pressure cooker and let it whistle 3 – 4 times, or till the potato is cooked.
Once the cooker has cooled down complete, open the lid, check if the veggies have cooked properly. If so, add chopped coriander leaves and serve.