aloo phulkopir dalna recipe, how to make bengali aloo phulkopir dalna

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aloo phulkopir dalna recipe - delicious curry made with potato and cauliflower from the bengali cuisine. no onion no garlic recipe.

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aloo phulkopir dalna recipe with step by step pics. aloo phulkopir dalna is a gem of a dish from the bengali cuisine – spiced with complex flavors and awesome with some luchi or pooris.

aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

here potatoes and cauliflower are cooked to perfection in a tomato and spices based gravy. the tanginess of the tomatoes complements the robust aroma of the spices well. the recipe is also made without onions and garlic.

aloo phulkopir dalna is amongst the many recipes that are made during durga pooja festivities. this aloo phulkopir dalna recipe is an elaborate version and apt to make during festivals or a special occasion. so making this recipe does take some time but worth it. for the recipe i referred to the various cookbooks i have.

aloo phulkopir dalna is very different in taste than the north indian version of aloo gobi. if you like aloo gobi, then you will also like aloo phulkopir dalna.

a few more bengali recipes i have already shared are dum aloo, rasgulla, sandesh, aloo postoaloo phulkopir singara and narkel naru recipe.

aloo phulkopir dalna recipe below:

aloo phulkopir dalna recipe
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aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

aloo phulkopir dalna recipe - delicious curry made with potato and cauliflower from the bengali cuisine. no onion no garlic recipe.

course main course
cuisine bengali
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 45 minutes
servings 4
rough calories per serving 249 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for ginger+green chilli paste

  • 2 green chilies or 2 teaspoon green chilies
  • 2 inch ginger OR 7 grams ginger OR 2 teaspoon
  • 3 to 4 teaspoon water for grinding

main ingredients for aloo phulkopir dalna

  • 260 grams cauliflower OR 1 small to medium cauliflower OR 2.5 to 2.75 cups cauliflower florets
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • enough hot water for soaking cauliflower florets
  • 300 grams potatoes OR 2 cups chopped potatoes OR 3 to 4 medium potatoes
  • 5 tablespoons mustard oil (sarson ka tel)
  • 2 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 150 grams tomatoes OR 2 medium tomatoes OR ¾ cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ½ cup water to be added later
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt as required
  • 1 teaspoon ghee

for bengali garam masala

  • 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 2 inch cinnamon - if using cassia then use 1 inch
  • 3 to 4 cloves (lavang)

how to make recipe

preparation for aloo phulkopir dalna

  1. break 1 small to medium cauliflower in medium sized florets and then rinse them very well. you will need 2.5 to 2.75 cups of the florets. take the florets in a large pan or bowl. add ½ teaspoon salt.

  2. then pour hot water as required and let the florets get blanched for 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. later drain all the water and keep the cauliflower aside. do drain well or else the oil will splutter when the cauliflower florets are fried.

  4. meanwhile when the florets are getting blanched, in a dry grinder or coffee grinder take 2 green cardamoms, 2 inch cinnamon and 3 to 4 cloves. if using cassia then use 1 inch of it.

  5. grind to a fine powder. remove the cardamom husks before grinding. you can also crush these spices in a mortar-pestle. remove the masala and keep aside.

  6. in the same grinder add 1 inch ginger and 2 green chilies.

  7. add 3 to 4 teaspoon water and grind to a smooth paste. you can also crush ginger & green chilies in a mortar-pestle. keep aside.

frying cauliflower and potatoes

  1. on a low to medium flame heat 5 tablespoons mustard oil in a kadai or pan and let it come to its smoking point. though i prefer mustard oil, but you can use any other oil.

  2. reduce the flame and then add the cauliflower florets.

  3. mix well and begin to fry the florets on a medium-low to medium flame. fry them in batches.

  4. so when the cauliflower florets are getting fried, you can finely chop 2 medium tomatoes and 3 to 4 medium potatoes. you will need ¾ cup finely chopped tomatoes and 2 cups chopped potatoes.

  5. fry the cauliflower stirring often for even cooking.

  6. fry till you see golden spots on the cauliflower. you just need to fry them till they are almost cooked.

  7. with a slotted spoon remove the ones which are done and place them on kitchen paper towels.

  8. after finishing frying cauliflower, add the potatoes.

  9. stirring them often fry for even cooking.

  10. fry till you see golden spots on the edges and the potatoes are almost cooked.

  11. remove with a slotted spoon. place on kitchen paper towels.

making aloo phulkopir dalna

  1. now in the same pan add 2 small to medium tej patta and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. saute till the cumin seeds crackle. some oil will be left in the pan, so no need to add more oil.

  2. then add finely chopped tomatoes.

  3. add the ground ginger+green chilly paste.

  4. mix very well and saute this mixture on a low to medium flame.

  5. saute till the tomatoes become pulpy and you see some oil releasing from the sides.

  6. then add the following spice powders - ¼ teaspoon turmeric, ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder, ½ teaspoon cumin powder and 2 teaspoons coriander powder.

  7. mix very well. then add 1 teaspoon sugar

  8. next add salt as required. add ½ cup water and mix again.

  9. now add the fried cauliflower florets and potatoes. stir gently.

  10. cover the pan with a lid and simmer the gravy for 7 to 8 minutes on a low to low-medium flame.

  11. do check in between and if the curry looks dry then you can add some water.

  12. after 7 to 8 minutes the gravy will thicken and the cauliflower and potatoes will be cooked.

  13. now add the ground masala of cloves, cinnamon and cardamoms. mix well.

  14. then add 1 teaspoon ghee. mix well and switch off the flame.

  15. serve aloo phulkopir dalna recipe with luchi, pooris, chapatis, parathas or steamed rice.

recipe notes

few tips:

  • add water as required.
  • you can skip grinding the whole spices if you have bengali garam masala. then just add ½ teaspoon of bengali garam masala. 
  • you can add more ghee if you want.
  • instead of mustard oil you can use any other oil. 
  • you can also add some steamed green peas in the curry.

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how to make bengali aloo phulkopir dalna recipe:

preparation:

1. break 1 small to medium cauliflower in medium sized florets and then rinse them very well. you will need 2.5 to 2.75 cups of the florets. take the florets in a large pan or bowl. add ½ teaspoon salt.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

2. then pour hot water as required and let the florets get blanched for 5 to 10 minutes. this blanching step can be skipped if there are no insects or worms in the cauliflower. i always blanch cauliflower when making any dish with it.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

3. later drain all the water and keep the cauliflower aside. do drain well or else the oil will splutter when the cauliflower florets are fried.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

4. meanwhile when the florets are getting blanched, in a dry grinder or coffee grinder take 2 green cardamoms, 2 inch cinnamon and 3 to 4 cloves. if using cassia then use 1 inch of it.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

5. grind to a fine powder. remove the cardamom husks before grinding. you can also crush these spices in a mortar-pestle. remove the masala and keep aside.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

6. in the same grinder add 1 inch ginger (chopped) and 2 green chilies (chopped).

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

7. add 3 to 4 teaspoon water and grind to a smooth paste. you can also crush ginger & green chilies in a mortar-pestle. keep aside.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

8. on a low to medium flame heat 5 tablespoons mustard oil in a kadai or pan and let it come to its smoking point. though i prefer mustard oil, but you can use any other oil.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

9. reduce the flame and then add the cauliflower florets.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

10. mix well and begin to fry the florets on a medium-low to medium flame. fry them in batches.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

11. so when the cauliflower florets are getting fried, you can finely chop 2 medium tomatoes and 3 to 4 medium potatoes. you will need ¾ cup finely chopped tomatoes and 2 cups chopped potatoes. instead of chopped tomatoes, you can also use tomato puree.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

12. fry the cauliflower stirring often for even cooking.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

13. fry till you see golden spots on the cauliflower. you just need to fry them till they are almost cooked.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

14. with a slotted spoon remove the ones which are done and place them on kitchen paper towels.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

15. after finishing frying cauliflower, add the potatoes.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

16. stirring them often fry for even cooking.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

17. fry till you see golden spots on the edges and the potatoes are almost cooked.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

18. remove with a slotted spoon.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

19. place on kitchen paper towels.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

20. now in the same pan add 2 small to medium tej patta and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. saute till the cumin seeds crackle. some oil will be left in the pan, so no need to add more oil.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

21. then add finely chopped tomatoes.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

22. add the ground ginger+green chilly paste.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

23. mix very well and saute this mixture on a low to medium flame.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

24. saute till the tomatoes become pulpy and you see some oil releasing from the sides.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

25. then add the following spice powders – ¼ teaspoon turmeric, ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder, ½ teaspoon cumin powder and 2 teaspoons coriander powder.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

26. mix very well.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

27. then add 1 teaspoon sugar.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

28. next add salt as required.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

29. add ½ cup water and mix again.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

30. now add the fried cauliflower florets and potatoes.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

31. stir gently.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

32. cover the pan with a lid and simmer the gravy for 7 to 8 minutes on a low to medium-low flame.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

33. do check in between and if the curry looks dry then you can add some more water.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

34. after 7 to 8 minutes the gravy will thicken and the cauliflower and potatoes will be cooked.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

35. now add the ground masala of cloves, cinnamon and cardamoms.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

36. mix well.

making aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

37. then add 1 teaspoon ghee. you can also add more ghee if you want.

bengali aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

38. mix well and switch off the flame.

bengali aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

39. serve aloo phulkopir dalna recipe with luchi, pooris, chapatis, parathas or steamed rice or motor shutir kochuri.

bengali aloo phulkopir dalna recipe

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i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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