Today is Maha Saptami of Durga Puja and the 7th day of Navaratri. You already had different essences or aroma of Durga Puja in last three posts from my fellow blogger friends Kuheli, Paromita and Rahul as a part of the #bloggersdurgapujo campaign of Durga Puja 2017.
Durga Puja is the most awaited festival of the Bengalis all over the world. The first thing any Bengali in any part of the world would see the Durga Puja dates when they get the New Year calendar in hand every year. I know you all can relate to this. The few things that ring in the minds of all Bengalis from Panchami to Nabami are – pandal hopping, spending full-on fun time with family and friends, new clothes, no studies for the students, break from work for the corporate people and yes, of course, the lip-smacking varieties of food available. Most of us like to eat out during this time but mostly during the daytime, it’s home cook food we serve at home.
Especially, on Maha Sashti and Maha Ashtami, it’s always Luchi (Puri), Cholar Dal (Chana Dal) or Aaloor Dom (Dum Aaloo) with some sweet dish is what we serve. Here, in my post, I would share a recipe of Dum Aaloo that is a completely vegetarian – without even onion and garlic. The specialty of this recipe is the spice mix or the curry paste that I’ll mention in this recipe is an invention of mine, which I tried just as an experiment. I thought #bloggersdurgapujo would be a great platform to share the recipe with you all. Without taking much of time let’s start.
- Boiled & Peeled Potato – 10 pieces small (cut into two pieces form middle)
- Curry Paste – made of 2 tomatoes, 2-inch ginger, a bunch of fresh coriander leaves, 7-8 clove pods and 2 green chilies
- Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
- Red chili powder – 1 tsp
- Cumin (jeera) powder – 1 tsp
- Coriander (dhania) powder – 1 tsp
- Kasuri Methi – 2 tsp (crushed)
- Salt – as per taste
- Oil – 3 tbsp
- Cut, boil and peel the potatoes
- Put 3 tbsp of oil in a deep fry pan
- Once the oil is heated fry the potatoes till it becomes light yellow
- Add the curry paste and mix it thoroughly
- After mixing the paste and cooking for about 2 mins add all the powdered spices (turmeric, red chili, cumin, and coriander)
- Mix all the spices thoroughly and cook it for 5 mins
- Add 2 cups of water mix well and cover the lid to cook it till it comes to boil
- Sprinkle the crushed Kasuri Methi and mix it well
- You can add some freshly chopped coriander leaves and keep it covered
The Aaloor Dom would be the perfect combination of hot Luchi in Maha Sashti morning or just after you come home after your Pushpanjali on Maha Ashtami. You can check out the video recipe on my YouTube Channel.
Durga Pujo is celebrated with immense joy and enthusiasm by Bengalis all over the world. Join Four bloggers from four different parts of the country as they bring to you a kaleidoscope of festive fervour in the form of blog posts and videos for an entire week. We hope to entertain, inform and enthrall you in a quest to involve everyone in our moment of joy. I am happy to be one of the co-creators for this creative team called #bloggersdurgapujo
Head over to Kuheli’s blog on Thursday, 28th September (www.thefoodietrails.com), then to Paromita’s blog on Friday, 29th September (www.goodtimestrails.wordpress.com) and then to Rahul’s blog on Saturday, 30th September (www.bongfooodie.com)
A week of Pujo related blogs on our #bloggersdurgapujo
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