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Friday, 25 March 2016

Kumro Pata Bata (Red Pumpkin Leaf Chutney - Bengali Style)

          This is an extremely simple dish, yet full of flavours. You have noticed these pumpkin plants growing wild on terraces or almost everywhere. Just try making a chutney out of few tender leaves, garlic and green chilies and tempering it with some kalonji (nigella seeds) in mustard oil. This amazing side dish is relished with hot steamed rice.

  • 10-12 Red Pumpkin leaves, washed & drained
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 green chilies
  • 1 tbsp. mustard oil
  • 1/2 tsp. kalonji (nigella / onion seeds)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder

          Grind the leaves, garlic and green chilies to a fine paste by adding some water, preferably in a grinding stone. Alternatively, it can be also ground in a mixi. 

          Heat oil in a pan and temper with kalonji. Saute for a few seconds and add the paste, salt and turmeric powder. Fry on a low flame till dry. Serve hot with plain steamed rice and enjoy this simple delicacy.

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