Chadachadi – a Bengali Mixed Vegetable Dish

Chadachadi is a Bengali dish that is made with a hodgepodge of leftover vegetables. There is a strong flavoring of mustard seeds and mustard oil that gives this dish a distinctive tangy, depth of flavor.

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Sumeet’s Chadachadi – a Bengali Mixed Vegetable Dish

Serves 4Print This Recipe

Ingredients:

Soak for 5 -6 hours or overnight:

2 tsp. whole dhaniya seeds (coriander)

2 tsp. jeera (cumin seeds)

2 tsp. rai (black mustard seeds)

3 green chilies

  • Grind the above with about 2-3 tbsp. water.
  • Make it a fine paste.

 

Additional ingredients:

2 bunches spinach, chopped fine (should be about 8 cups chopped)

Equal amounts of eggplant and radish, diced ( approx 3 cups of each)

2 plum tomatoes, diced

1 tsp. panch phorun

6 cloves garlic, sliced

3 whole red chilies

1 tsp. haldi (turmeric powder)

½ tsp. red chili powder (to taste)

5 tbsp. mustard oil

Salt to taste

 

Method:

  • In a wok or kadai, heat 3 tbsp. mustard oil to smoking point.
  • Add 1 tsp. panch phorun.
  • Add the garlic and whole red chilies.
  • Add the ground masala, haldi and salt and mix well.
  • Cook this mixture for about 20 – 25 minutes until it is well combined.
  • Add the chopped eggplant and radish.
  • Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add the chopped spinach.
  • Mix well.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes.
  • Cover and cook stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.
  • Add chili powder and mash the veggies down in the wok.
  • Cook for another 15 minutes, add salt to taste and to off with a little more mustard oil.
  • Serve hot with white rice or rotis.

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