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Tuesday 18 November 2014

Shojne Datar Chorchori (Drumstick Curry - Bengali Style)

            A traditional homemade Bengali dish of drumstick cooked in a mustard-coconut gravy. Poppy seeds too can be added along with mustard and ground. It is best relished with hot steamed rice. As drumsticks are a power house of vitamins, iron and calcium, they are recommend in any form. So why not in a chorchori form for a lazy Sunday lunch ?

  • 3-4 drumsticks, cut into 2" lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp. mustard oil
  • 1 tsp. nigella seeds
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 tbsp. mustard seeds / kasundi
  • 2-3 tbsp. fresh grated coconut
  • coriander leaves to garnish

          Grind together mustard, coconut and green chilies to a paste and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan and temper with nigella seeds.

          After it stops sizzling, add the garlic and sauté till it changes colour. Then add the onion and fry till light brown.

          Now add the chopped drumstick, salt, the mustard paste and turmeric powder. Fry for a minute or two till it is well coated with the masalas.

          Add 1 cup water and cook, covered till the drumsticks turn soft and the gravy is thick. Serve, garnished with coriander leaves.

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