Charchari (Bengali Mixed Vegetable Dish)


  • 2 cups potatoes
  • 3 cups brinjal
  • 3.5 cups pumpkin
  • 3.5 cups ridge gourd
  • 1/2 cup pointed gourd
  • 2 slit green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida powder
  • 1 tsp panch phoran
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 8-10 boris

For the Mustard Paste –

  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard seeds, soaked in water
  • 1 green chilli
  • Pinch of salt

Method –

  1. Wash and chop the vegetables in almost equal size.
  2. Make the mustard paste and set aside
  3. Steam the vegetables in a kadhai with the mustard paste and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder. Do not add water. Cook the vegetables till done.
  4. Heat oil in a kadhai
  5. Temper with panch phoron, asafoetida powder, green chillies.
  6. Once the spices pop, add the steamed vegetables
  7. Sauté and add sugar and salt. Mix well.
  8. Cook without stirring till the water dries out.
  9. Crumble the fried boris on top of the cooked vegetables

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