This curry gives the humble Parwal a very tasty avatar. Many years ago it was shared by a Bengali Friend of mine . She had told me that there are certain occasions when Bengalis don't eat even onion - garlic, on those days she makes these. It's a very tasty preparation and a good option for people who prefer Satvik food.
Ingredients : serves 4
Parwal. 250 gms
Potato 150 gms. ( 2 med)
Tomato 250 gms ( 3 med)
Green chilly 1/2
Oil 1 tbsp+1 tsp
Bay leaf 1
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Coconut 1/4 cup ( grated)
Ginger paste 1 tsp
Red chilly pd 1 tsp
Cumin pd 1 tsp
Coriander pd 1 tsp
Turmeric pd 1/2 tsp
Garam masala pd 1/4 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water 1 cup
Chopped coriander 1 tbsp
- Wash and peel parwal and potatoes.
- Cut parwal into half lengthwise.
- If the seeds are even slightly hard remove them and keep them aside.
- Now cut each half of parwal into 3 or 4 pieces depending on the length, so each parwal gives you 6-8 cubes.
- Cut potatoes also into similar sized cubes.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non stick pan and cook both parwal and potatoes till done.
- You can also deep fry them but I don't for health reasons.
- Meanwhile blanch tomatoes and peel their skin.
- Grind these tomatoes into a fine puree with green chilly and parwal seeds.
- Keep the puree aside and in the same jar grind coconut into a fine paste.
- Once parwal and potatoes are done , remove them from the pan.
- In the same pan add 1 tsp oil and add cumin seeds, bay leaf and cloves.
- When these turn brown tip in the tomato purée and ginger paste.
- Bring it to a boil and cook covered on low heat .
- Mid way through add red chilly pd, coriander pd, cumin pd, turmeric pd, mix.
- Cook till it thickens.
- Now add 1 cup water, parwal and potato pieces, sugar and salt.
- Bring it to a boil. Cover and cook till oil separates.
- Add coconut paste and garam masala and cook for two more minutes.
- Remove from fire . Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Garnish with chopped coriander.
- Serve hot with an Indian bread of your choice.
Note : you can adjust the quantity of water , depending on the consistency of the gravy you want. 1 cup water gives slightly thick gravy.