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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Echore Chingri Bharta (Raw Jackfruit Prawns Curry - Bengali Style)


          You must have had Baingan (eggplant) bharta, So how about trying Raw jackfruit Prawns Bharta? I came across this traditional Bengali recipe and so decided to give it a try. The method of cooking was unique, in the sense that the jackfruit was first deep fried and ground instead of boiling it and then cooking it with fried prawns. The end product was just so amazing and yummy. It can be enjoyed with either plain steamed rice or chapati. So check for a step by step pictorial recipe.  



  




           You do not get to see such out-of-the-box recipes. It is an old recipe that you usually get to see our mothers and grandmothers cooking. I personally am on the lookout for such rare recipes and waste no time in trying it out. It is a must-try recipe and I am sure all jackfruit lovers will  appreciate it. So Bon Appetit!!





  • 1 small raw jackfruit, cubed
  • 1/2 cup prawns, deveined & cleaned
  • any oil for deep frying
  • 3 tbsp. mustard oil
  • 2-3 dry red chilies
  • 1 tsp. nigella seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. asafoetida
  • 2 tbsp. garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 green chilies, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder






          Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the chopped jackfruit till light golden brown in colour. Drain and keep aside to cool. Blend into a smooth paste by adding some water.

          Heat 2 tbsp. mustard oil in a pan / kadai and saute the red chilies. Drain and crush them. keep aside. Then fry the prawns till it changes colour. Drain and keep aside. 

          Temper the same oil with nigella seeds and saute for a few seconds. Add the garlic and asafoetida and stir fry till light brown. 

          Add in the onion and green chilies. Saute till light brown. Now add the blended jackfruit mix, salt, turmeric powder, crushed red chilies and cumin powder.

          Stir fry on a low flame for 2-3 minutes and add the fried prawns. Continue to cook till dry. When done, add the remaining mustard oil and switch off the flame.

           Toss well and garnish with the crushed fried chilies. Serve as a side dish with rice or chapatis. 




                      Temper the oil with nigella seeds and saute for a few seconds. Add the garlic
                       and asafoetida and stir fry till light brown. 



                      Add in the onion and green chilies. Saute till light brown.



                      Now add the blended jackfruit mix, salt, turmeric powder, crushed dry red
                      chilies and cumin powder.





                     Stir fry on a low flame for 2-3 minutes and add the fried prawns. Continue
                     to cook till dry. 


                    
                 When done, add the remaining mustard oil and switch off the flame. Toss well.




                      Garnish with the crushed fried chilies. 




                                Serve as a side dish with rice or chapatis. 













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