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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Phulkopir Dalna (Cauliflower and Potato Curry)


Updated: With video

If you are a Bengali you have literally grown up eating Phulkopir Dalna. This is one of the most common and fundamental bong dish. At the beginning of Winter when fresh cauliflowers arrive at the local markets in Kolkata dalna becomes the staple curry at the bong household for the next few months. Even though cauliflower is used in a variety of recipes this simple dalna uses limited spices and help the true flavor of cauliflower to come through.

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Serves four
  • 1 cauliflower cut into medium sized florets
  • 2 medium sized potatoes cut into quarters
  • 1 large tomato chopped (optional)
  • 1” fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. whole cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. whole coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Bengali Garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp. ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • For Tempering
    • 2 bay leaves (Tejpatta)
    • 2 green chilies slit lengthwise
    • 1/2 tsp. whole cumin seeds
    • Whole Garam Masala ( 1” cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, 2 green cardamom)


Heat 4 tbsp. oil in a pan and add cauliflower florets to it. Fry till the florets are well coated with oil and get a light brown hue (8-10 mins). Remove from oil and keep aside.

Add 2 tbsp. of oil and temper it with bay leaves, whole garam masala, whole cumin seeds and green chilies.

Wait till they stop sizzling. Add potato cubes and fry on medium heat for 2-3 mins.

Now add ginger paste. Make a paste of all dry spice powder by adding little water and add to the pan. Sauté on slow fire till the raw smell of ginger goes away. Optionally add chopped tomatoes. Fry well till the oil is separated.

Add salt and sugar and give it a nice mix. Add fried cauliflower florets and give it a nice mix. Add one cup of water to it and cook it covered on low heat till potatoes are done.

Add a spoonful of ghee and sprinkle little garam masala powder to it. Serve with hot rice or chapatis.




Lail | With A Spin said...

Looks delicious. Love dalna.

Aditi said...

Really need to make this tomorrow.

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span said...

i made this dish today and it was really nice. Thanks