Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Alu Chorchori is a quick and easy potato side dish that is ready in just 20 minutes, utilizing the Bengali 5 spice mix – panch phoran!
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Just like any nation, Indian food is regional. Here in the West, we have a bad habit of dumping all Indian cuisine into one bucket or at best two buckets – North Indian & South Indian.
However, there is great variety in the style of cooking and spices used from region to region.
Today we are heading down to the coastal South Indian state of West Bengal. I have quite a number of Bengali dishes already posted, in addition to the full Bengali thali I did here.
f you are a seafood lover, you will love Bengali cuisine. There is a famous Bengali saying – Maache Bhate Bangali – Rice and Fish make a Bengali. Despite this abundance of seafood dishes in their cuisine, they still have some great Vegetarian dishes as well, represented in this simple and quick Alu Chorchori.
Bengali cuisine is characterized by its use of mustard oil and whole spices. The ubiquitous panch phoran is synonymous with Bengali cuisine. It is a 5 spice blend of cumin, mustard, fenugreek, nigella (black onion seed) and fennel. You can purchase the spice blend at any Indian supermarket or gourmet International market, as well as online sources
This dry potato curry is done in just 20 minutes but still packed with flavor thanks to this flavorful spice blend. Before we get to today’s recipe, let’s take a look at the mini Bengali Thali.
Mini Bengali Thali
- Mishti Pulao ( a sweet and spicy rice)
- Cholar Dal (a coconut rich yellow split pea dal) – recipe previously posted here
- Chingri Macher Kalia (shrimp and potato in an onion-ginger paste curry)
- Paneer Payasam (milk pudding thickened with paneer and flavored with rose water)
- Alu Chorchori
Although not included in the thali photo above, you can complete this Bengali meal with this Grean Pea Paratha…after all no Indian meal is complete without a flatbread right!
Now let’s see how to make Alu Chorchori – Bengali Potato Fry…
It requires just a few ingredients! Not only is this a quick and easy recipe, but cost efficient also!
- 1 tablespoon mustard oil
- a pinch of asoefetida
- 2 dried red chiles
- 1 tablespoon panch phoran
- 4 medium potatoes peeled and diced
- Salt to taste
- Heat ghee. Add aseofetida. After it stops sizzling, add chiles and panch phoran. Fry for 1 minute, until it starts emiting an aroma.
- Add potatoes and stir fry for 1 minute so they get coated with all of the spices.
- Add 2 cups water and cook until potatoes are tender and all of the water has evaporated.
- Add salt. Stir to combine.
You might also like…
Kalonji Dal – Nigella Seed Dal
Green Pea Paratha – Koraishutir Parota
Paneer Payasam – Indian Cheese Pudding
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Bengali mini thali is calling me especially that alu chorchori is my favourite since ever i tried it at home.
yes its delicious and so quick to put together – makes the perfect side dish
I totally loved the Bengali food series when I did one.Your mini thali looks so scrumptious.
yes Bengali is definitely one of my favorite Indian cuisines!
A Very filling meal, Mir. Just a correction if you don’t mind. Wet Bengal is not considered a southern state. It is more of a north eastern state.
really??/ I have always seen it characterized as southern or the dividing line between north and south – kind of like the Mason Dixon line here in the US!
Don’t know why I’ve never tried panch phoron with potatoes. Will have to try it out soon.
this is so quick and easy but packs a punch of flavor!
Wow that’s quite a feast there Mir..can’t wait to check out your other thalis..coming to the dishes on this, I love how inviting that rice looks and so is everything on the plate..great job!
thank you – yes it was a lot of work but well worth it