In Indian cuisine curry considered as a side dish. Curry is analogous to soup or stew. In Indian cuisine vegetables are meat cooked in there spices with or with out gravy.in India thousand of curries can be made by vegetables and dal, although ther are regional variations in Indian cuisine.Bengali cuisine includes a wide variety of curries.Bengali cisine is famous for there fish curries but they also excel in the cookin of vegetables. They prepare a veriety of dishes using many types of vegetables,in different ways like.. Aum-bol (A sour dish mead with vegetables or fish and tamarind pulp),Chachari(stir fry),Jhoul( a stew), Dalna - Mixed vegetables cooked in a semi gravy seasoned with garam masala. Dalna is a thick gravy based dish which reminds me iguru kura in Andhra cuisine.So here I am with a Dalna recipe which I tried and tasted from Sandeepa's Bong mom's cook book OLKOPIR DALNA and served with rice I enjoyed it with roti also. I just fallowed the recipe so that I can get the real bengali dalna flavour...
Olkopi/Kohlrabi/Noolkol --- 1 peeld and cut in to cubes
Potato ---- 1 cut in to cubes
Fresh or frozen green peas -- 1/2 cup
Tomatoes -- 2 blanched and pured
Ginger paste -- 1&1/2 tea sp
Cumin powder -- 1 tea sp
Coriander powder -- 1 tea sp
Red chilli powder -- 1 tea sp or according to your taste
Kitchen king masala or garam masala -- 2 tea sp
Yogurt -- 1 tab sp
Tomato ketchup -- 2 tea sp this gives a bright color and sweet taste if you dont like just skip it.
Bay leaves -- 3
Cardamom -- 2
Clove -- 2
Cinnamon -- 1/2 inch stick
Fenugreek seeds -- 1/2 tea sp
Salt --- 1 tea sp or to taste
oil -- 1 tab sp
1.peel and cut the kolrabi and potatoes in to small cubes and steam till half-done.
2. heat oil in a pan add seasoning ingredients fry for a while and add tomato pure, cook till oil separates from the tomato pure.
3. Add ginger paste and stir for a while.
4.Now add steamed vegetables, green peas and saute till the vegetables take on a little color.
5.In a small bowl mix yogurt,cuimin, coriander, red chillipowder,garam masala or kitchenking masala mix well to combine and add to the vegetables and stir till masala coats on the vegetables and fry for few minutes.
6. Add tomato ketchup, salt and 2 cups of water mix well, cover and cook till vegetables are done.
7. this is a thick gravy so adjust the water according to your like and check the salt and adjust according to your taste.
Enjoy this OLKOPIR DALNA with plain steamed rice..