Fulkopir Datar Tarkari – Cauliflower Stem Curry

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Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables you can get out of a Bangali rannaghor (Bengali kitchen). Whether it’s a simple phulkopir tarkari (Bengali style cauliflower curry) or a cauliflower pickle – cauliflowers are everywhere, even in fish curries.

The gorging of cauliflowers starts from Durga Puja and extends till late March. I have seen mom cooking fulkopir tarkari as a part of the Prasad offered to Durga Ma on Ashtami (the 8th day of the annual Durga Puja worship).  The simple cauliflower and potato preparation seasoned with cumin and ginger paste is just the right side dish for kichdi/ kichuri.

Now, these cauliflower preparations are done with the florets. Most of the time we throw away the stem that comes along with the fulkopi. But, a very traditional and authentic Bengali recipe is with these stems of the cauliflower, fulkopir data chauchori/ chachori.

Chachori is a unique style of preparing curries. Mostly, the vegetables are mostly cut longitudinally and cooked with a concoction of spices, especially panch phoron if it’s a vegetarian preparation. For non-vegetarian ones like morola macher chachori onions, garlic are widely used. Any idea where the word comes from? In fulkopir data chachori the stems are cut to 1” long pieces and if they are too thick then the stems are cut longitudinally.

One of my friends once told that you Bengalis just don’t leave any part of anything – you eat everything. Yeah, it’s kind of true. From peels of gourd to flowers of plantain – Bengalis like to taste everything.

Serves 2
Preparation time: 10min
Cooking time: 15min

Ingredients: 

  • Stems of one medium cauliflower
  • 1 medium size potato
  • 1 cup chopped pumpkin
  • 1 cup chopped small brinjal, cut longitudinally in quarters
  • 1 tablespoon panch phoron
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoon mustard oil

Preparation:

  •  Boil the cauliflower stems till half done, then blanch in cold water to stop further cooking
  • Heat oil in a wok, throw in the panch phoron. As the spices starts sputtering add potatoes, brinjal and pumpkin pieces.
  • Fry for sometimes, put in the spices and ginger paste and cook for 2-3mins more
  • Add the half boiled stems
  • Pour in water and cook covered till the vegetables are cooked
  • Serve hot with warm rice.

Hot Tips – Panch phoron is a mixture of 5 different spices in equal proportion – fennel, fenugreek, mustard, nigella and wild celery.

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Ful Kopir Tarkari

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Serves: 4

Winter has gone away, but it has still left us with many vegetables to feel that dry cold winter afternoons. Cauliflower is one with which you can experiment out a lot many things. For today is the most simple one, I would be writing about the some more recipes with cauliflower in my following posts.

Ingredients:

Cauliflower (full kopi): 1 medium size

Potato (aalu): 2 pieces

Tomato: 1

Green chilli (kacha lanka): 3 / 4

Turmeric powder (haluder guro): ¼ tea-spoons

Chilli powder (sukhno lankar guro): 1 tea-spoon

Ginger paste (aada bata): 1 tea-spoon

Cumin seeds (gota jeera): 1 tea-spoon

Cumin powder (jeera guro): 1 ½ tea-spoon

Mustard oil (sarser tel): 2 table-spoons

Salt to taste

The Ingredients

Preparation:

  • Cut the cauliflower in 1“ size florets and the potatoes also of the same size.
  • Pour oil in a wok and fry the cauliflower and the potatoes separately. Keep aside.
  • Add the cumin seeds to the heated oil and let it fry a bit.
  • To it add the ginger paste and the tomato, cut into one-fourth.
  • Take 2 table-spoons of water in a small bowl. Add the cumin, chilli and turmeric powder and make a smooth batter. Add this to the wok. Cook for 1 minute.
  • When the gravy starts boiling add the fried cauliflower and potatoes.
  • Cook till they become soft. In between add little water for the vegetables to cook well.
  • Serve hot with rice, roti, paratha.
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