Luchi Aloo ( Kolkata’s version of Puri Aloo )

Luchi aloo is Kolkata’s version of Puri Aloo but it’s so much better especially if you eat it on the streets. There’s nothing like a piping hot luchi, smothered with spicy curried aloo. Here’s a great homemade version of this recipe.

 

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Plantain Kababs (Kachha Kela ka Kabab)

Plantains are a really wonderful source of fiber and vitamins C and A. They taste especially good when spiced up and pan-fried to make a yummy meal that can be served with pretty much anything.

 

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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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Stir Fried Masala Parwal and Aloo (Pointed Gourd with Potatoes)

Parwal is a green vegetable that is indigenous to the Eastern part of India. It is also called pointed gourd or potol. It looks a little like tori/zucchini but has different flavoring and texture. Here is how we cook this vegetable in my mother’s kitchen.

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Nepalese Karela and Alsi ka Achar (Bitter Gourd and Flax)

Nepali cuisine consists of several spicy sides dishes which are eaten with rice and lentils (dal). These are called “achars’ or chutneys and are made with a variety of vegetables. One can use the base recipe for the achar and just vary the vegetable that is used.

Here is a wonderful recipe that Manju makes which comprises of bitter gourd (karela) and is topped with ground roasted flax seeds.

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Stir Fried Pumpkin Leaves (Sitaphal Patta ka Subzi)

Ever eaten the vine and leaves that the pumpkin grows on? In India this is rather common in the Northern parts and is really delicious and healthy. Here is how we make this dish in my mother’s kitchen.

 

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Nepalese Aloo ka Achar (Potato)

This recipe is another example of the spicy side dishes called “achars” which are prevalent in Nepalese cuisine. This version is eaten over boiled potatoes but one can substitute the potato for any vegetables cooked or raw, such as cucumbers, radish, steamed asparagus – even tofu and so on.

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