Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bori Sojne Data Diye Pona Mach'er Jhal

The kind of peak summers we have these days makes you profusely sweat it out in kitchen or even while you are out. Schools have closed for their summer vacations here and kids have loads of homework to do. But then what’s new about it, may be “poribortener hawa” or the colour green, right?

We recently bought a Casio keyboard to play some tunes and the kid in my house seems to enjoy it so far. Even the elder kids are anticipating their turns as well. There have been some kids going to summer camps from our housing complex. I am still hesitant in sending out my kid in this hot weather here. Somehow I can’t imagine spending hefty sums on these so called summer camps. There are most probably hundred other ways to keep kids busy rather than make them spend time in summer camps.
On rare occasions I have the privilege of cooking these days. It’s not that I don’t wish to but too many cooks can spoil even a simple soup. Right? So, I don’t have much to post here except sometimes this or that. So, one Sunday for lunch made these fish curry with wadis and drumsticks.Sojne data, bori, aloo and begun (brinjal) is a combination that goes well with fish specially the pona mach or katla mach.

Ok now to to the recipe

Fish curry with sojne data and bori
Recipe requirements
2-3 drumsticks ( sojne data) cut itno3 inch long pieces
2 medium size potato cut into long pieces
Half brinjal if it’s long enough cut into slices
(Potato, drumsticks and brinjal slices should be equal in length, can call them thick
Juliennes –roughly 1/2 * 3 inch juliennes)
About 6-7 urad dal boris roughly
Some oil to fry the boris
1 tsp of holod/turmeric powder
2 tsp of shokno lonka goron/red pepper powder
½ tsp of dhone goron/coriander powder
Salt as per taste
For tempering the gravy
1 tsp of panch phoron or 1 tsp of jeerey/cumin seeds
1-2 tej patta/ or bay leaves
About 2-3 tbs of cooking oil

Cut all the vegetables into thick juliennes.
Heat up a saucepan, add oil little bit first fry the wadis/bori slowly turning nice crisp and brown.
Add more oil as all the oil will be used up while frying the wadis/bori
Temper the oil with panch phoron, tej patta at low flame.
Add the potato, fry well.
Now add in sojne data/drumsticks.
Add the dry ingredients-turmeric, red pepper powder and coriander powder and salt.
Mix well and splash some water over the fried vegetables.
Now add in about 2 cups of water.
Add in brinjal pieces and fried bori.
Adjust seasoning after tasting at this point.
Cover and let it cook for about 7-9 mints at med-low flame.Take out in serving bowl and have it with steaming hot rice.
TIP- bori or wadis tends to soak up gravy like a sponge, so it’s better to add enough water at the time making of gravy. If you don’t want runny gravy then restrict the use of water otherwise use generously. I do often add 3-4 green chilies, so that later adults can eat spicy version.
If you are preparing for kids then you may skip red pepper powder and green chilly and may use black pepper powder/golmorich goron.This gravy is good specially in this hot weather here.

Enjoy the weekend and Happy Cooking.


  1. Fish curry looks fantastic and delicious, i dont bother to finish that bowl rite now..

  2. Dear Jaya
    Kemon accho? Tomar comment on Pat sag Barha, Po-de khub bhalo laglo. I am going to try this jhol today. It is very unique and new for me. I take note of panch PhoDon and tej pata sombora , never tried it before. And also I take note of using Dho-er Guro and no jeera powder also. The whole spicing will give a new flavor for me.
    Great recipe indeed.
    Bhalo theko tomra sabai

  3. thats what we also are eating these days to beat the Kolkata heat. perfectly made Jaya.

  4. hi Jaya,
    Oh! it's so true with the summer classes thingy, the charges are so hefty and they tend to be so repetitive and boring :( it's rare to find an impressive place these days.
    The jhal looks comforting, best with piping hot rice :P
    Have a happy time tuning into some lovely keyboard notes :P


  5. I think most of these kid's special summer camps are hyped. they charge too much but in return they provide nothing almost.. simple fish curry with veggies looks perfect for the summer

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Priya,Thanks you always made my posts special with your presence ..

    Ushnish Da,
    I tend to use dhone goron more in the gravies..apni jeerey goron O dite paren .ekto patla jhol er dike rakhle dhone goron ta bhalo hoye otherwise spicing up with cumin powder+coriander powder+red pepper powder is great in any fish curry..well ami apnake keno bolchi apni to janen sab..silly me!! ..

    Sayantani,Kemon acho?
    But today it rained :D..Besh bhalo laglo tumake eyikhane dekhe..

    I have never understood the craze for summer camps or may be I am missing out something :D..anyways personally I do feel going out with our kid in a park and talk..or let the kid interact with her peers, invite them over to your home or vice-versa..better way of spending holidays..
    thanks and yeah I am waiting for my turn :-D..
    thanks all for stoping by

    hugs and smiles

  7. My daughter is almost 19 yrs, I have never send her for summer camp. I just think it is far better you spend time with your child than just sending them to a camp, it could be also i am saying this as I don't work so I don't need to think what I will do with her when she is having long holidays.
    I have never had this dish looks yumm.

  8. fish curry looks delicious ...... lovely clicks .....

  9. Hey Jaya.....ur fish recipes areso unique....love the idea of adding veg to it...really gud....happy summer camping

  10. Happy,
    how are you? and yeah may be for working parents it's little difficult to keep their child engaged in holidays..Thanks for coming by..

    Kalyani thanks for stoping by..

    Biny ,well not sure about summer camps, never fascinated me ..Hope to catch up with you soon in your blog :D..

    yeah and simple mach'er jhal/jhol is right for these kind of hot weather here..
    Thanks all for stoping by
    hugs and smiles

  11. darun lagche dekhte. somehow, this is making me nostalgic for some barir khabar.

  12. Hey dear first time here..u hv a bful blog with stunning pics..hope to hear a word from u too...
    Fish curry looks deliciousssssss ..any leftovers pls.?..Loved it..


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