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Aloo potol recipe with step by step pics. Aloo potoler dalna is a delicious Bengali curry recipe made with aloo (potatoes) and potol (parwal or pointed gourds). Parwal is one of the veggies I like and apart from this dalna, I also make a simple parwal fry, potol posto, and a Punjabi style Aloo parwal sabzi.

I make aloo potol dalna in the same way i make aloo phulkopir dalna (cauliflower potato curry). Both these gravy recipes taste good with some chapatis or phulkas.

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aloo potol er dalna a recipe

This is a not a quick recipe and takes some more time as compared to curry recipes where everything is added in a pot and then cooked. In this potol recipe, the veggies are pan fried in mustard oil first and then added to the gravy. This method gives a completely different taste.

For best results, I would suggest to use mustard oil. The pungency of mustard oil cannot be matched by any other oil.

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You can serve aloo potoler dalna with chapatis, parathas or steamed rice.

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Potol Recipe

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Aloo potoler dalna is a delicious Bengali curry recipe made with aloo (potatoes) and potol (parwal or pointed gourds).
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Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:main course,side dish
Cuisine:bengali
Servings (change the number to scale):3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

for frying:

  • 250 grams parwal or 7 to 8 parwal (potol or pointed gourds)
  • teaspoon turmeric for parwal
  • teaspoon salt for parwal
  • 250 grams potatoes or 2 medium to large potatoes
  • teaspoon turmeric for potatoes
  • teaspoon salt for potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons mustard oil for frying

for bengali garam masala:

  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 to 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 2 green cardamoms

for curry or gravy:

  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 2 medium tomatoes or ¾ cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 green chili - slit
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger or ginger paste or 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • ½ tablespoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or add as required
  • salt as required
  • ½ to ⅔ cup water or as required
  • 1 teaspoon ghee - optional

Instructions

making bengali garam masala:

  • In a dry grinder or coffee grinder take seeds of green cardamoms, cinnamon and cloves. If using cassia then use 1 inch of it.
  • Grind to a fine powder. You can also crush these spices in a mortar-pestle. Remove the bengali garam masala and keep aside.

chopping and cleaning potol:

  • Firstly rinse 250 grams parwal (pointed gourds) very well in water. Then peel them. You can even lightly scrape of the skin. If you want. 
  • Chop the parwal in two to three pieces. There are seeds and pith in the parwal. If the seeds are mature and large, then vertically slice the parwal in two parts. Scrape the seeds and pith and then chop. If the seeds are tiny and tender, then you don’t need to remove seeds and the pith.
  • Add ⅛ teaspoon turmeric powder and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Adding both turmeric and salt is optional and can be skipped. mix well.

frying potol and aloo:

  • On a low to medium flame heat 3 tablespoons mustard oil in a kadai or pan and let it come to its smoking point.
  • Reduce the flame and then add the parwal or potol pieces.
  • Mix well and begin to fry the parwal on a medium-low to medium flame. Fry them in batches.
  • Fry the potol stirring often for even cooking.
  • When the potol is getting fried. Rinse, peel and also slice potatoes in cubes. Sprinkle ⅛ teaspoon turmeric powder, ⅛ teaspoon salt and mix well. Adding both turmeric and salt is optional and can be skipped.
  • Fry parwal pieces till light golden. You just need to fry them till they are almost cooked.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and place on kitchen paper towels.
  • Now add the potato cubes in the same pan.
  • Stirring them often fry for even cooking till you see golden spots on the edges and the potatoes are almost cooked.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and place on kitchen paper towels.

making aloo potol curry:

  • In the same oil, now add 1 tej patta and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. let cumin seeds splutter.
  • Now add ¾ cup finely chopped tomatoes and stir.
  • Add 1 slit green chili and 1 teaspoon minced ginger or ginger paste.
  • Mix well and begin to sauté tomatoes on a low to medium flame.
  • Sauté till the tomatoes soften and turn mushy.
  • Next add 1 tablespoon coriander powder, ½ tablespoon cumin powder, 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder and ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.
  • Mix and sauté for a minute on low flame.
  • Add ½ to ⅔ cup water. mix well.
  • Now add the fried potol (parwal) and aloo.
  • Season 1 teaspoon sugar and salt as per taste. mix again.
  • Cover pan with lid and simmer on medium-low flame for 6 to 7 minutes. In between do check the aloo potol gravy and if the curry looks dry then you can add some more water.
  • Simmer till the aloo potol curry thickens a bit. The potatoes and parwal will also be completely cooked within 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Once the veggies are done, add the ground masala of cloves, cinnamon and cardamoms.
  • Then add 1 teaspoon ghee. Adding ghee is optional and can be skipped.
  • Mix well and switch off flame.
  • Serve aloo potoler dalna with chapatis, parathas or steamed rice. You can garnish with some coriander leaves also while serving.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Potol Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 229 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 663mg29%
Potassium 683mg20%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 920IU18%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2mg10%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 51mg62%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 16µg15%
Calcium 81mg8%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 28µg7%
Iron 6mg33%
Magnesium 47mg12%
Phosphorus 90mg9%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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How to make aloo potoler dalna or potol recipe

A) making Bengali garam masala:

1. In a dry grinder or coffee grinder take seeds of 2 green cardamoms, 1 inch cinnamon and 2 to 3 cloves. If using cassia then use 1 inch of it.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

2. Grind to a fine powder. You can also crush these spices in a mortar-pestle. Remove the Bengali garam masala and keep aside.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

Preparation and frying potol and aloo

3. Firstly rinse 250 grams parwal (pointed gourds) very well in water. then peel them. You can even lightly scrape of the skin. If you want. Chop the parwal in two to three pieces. there are seeds and pith in the parwal. If the seeds are mature and large, then vertically slice the parwal in two parts. Scrape the seeds and pith and then chop. If the seeds are tiny and tender, then you don’t need to remove seeds and the pith.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

4. Add ⅛ teaspoon turmeric powder and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Adding both turmeric and salt is optional and can be skipped.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

5. Mix well.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

6. On a low to medium flame heat 3 tablespoons mustard oil in a kadai or pan and let it come to its smoking point.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

7. Reduce the flame and then add the parwal or potol pieces.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

8. Mix well and begin to fry the parwal on a medium-low to medium flame. Fry them in batches.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

9. Fry the potol stirring often for even cooking.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

10. So when the potol is getting fried. rinse, peel and also slice 2 medium to large potatoes (250 grams) in cubes. sprinkle ⅛ teaspoon turmeric powder, ⅛ teaspoon salt and mix well. adding both turmeric and salt is optional and can be skipped.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

11. Fry parwal pieces till light golden. you just need to fry them till they are almost cooked.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

12. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on kitchen paper towels.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

13. Now add the potato cubes in the same pan.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

14. Stirring them often fry for even cooking till you see golden spots on the edges and the potatoes are almost cooked.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

15. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on kitchen paper towels.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

Making aloo potol curry

16. In the same oil, now add 1 tej patta and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

17. Let cumin seeds splutter.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

18. Now add ¾ cup finely chopped tomatoes and stir.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

19. Add 1 slit green chili and 1 teaspoon minced ginger or ginger paste.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

20. Mix well and begin to sauté tomatoes on a low to medium flame.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

21. Sauté till the tomatoes soften and turn mushy.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

22. Next add 1 tablespoon coriander powder, ½ tablespoon cumin powder, 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder and ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

23. Mix and sauté for a minute on low flame.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

24. Add ½ to ⅔ cup water.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

25. Mix well.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

26. Now add the fried potol (parwal or pointed gourds) and aloo (potatoes).

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

27. Season 1 teaspoon sugar and salt as per taste.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

28. Mix again.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

29. Cover pan with lid and simmer on medium-low flame for 6 to 7 minutes. in between do check the aloo potol gravy and if the curry looks dry then you can add some more water.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

30. Simmer till the aloo potol curry thickens a bit. The potatoes and parwal will also be completely cooked within 6 to 7 minutes.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

31. Once the veggies are done, add the ground masala of cloves, cinnamon and cardamoms.

making aloo potol er dalna recipe

32. Then add 1 teaspoon ghee. Adding ghee is optional and can be skipped.

aloo potol er dalna recipe

33. Mix well and switch off flame.

aloo potol er dalna recipe

34. Serve aloo potol er dalna with chapatis, parathas or steamed rice. You can garnish with some coriander leaves also while serving.

aloo potol dalna recipe

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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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    • thanks a lot. glad to know. thanks for the rating too. happy cooking.

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