Monday, September 20, 2010

Borbotir Chorchori

I don’t know how to cook Borboti any other way, except for the traditional Bengali Chorchori.

IMG_1439IMG_1447 Borboti/ Barbarti is a summer vegetable, the rest of the world calls it Yard Long Bean or Runner Bean and sometimes even Asparagus Beans.

IMG_1422 A Borbotir Chorchori is a great side which opens up a lunch paired with a bowl of daal and rice. I found my bunch of Borboti in a Chinese grocery store. Lesson# 437: Borboti is NOT just a Bengali vegetable. The Chinese call it cheung kong tau or dau gok.

Ingredients for Borbotir Chorchori are:

250 grams long yard beans, ends chopped off and cut into roughly two inch pieces
2 medium size potatoes, cut in cubes
A cup of diced pumpkin/ buttercup squash
A cup of diced eggplant
3-4 green chilies, broken from the middle
Mustard oil
1 tablespoon paanch phoron
Half tablespoon yellow mustard powder
Half tablespoon turmeric powder
Half tablespoon red chili powder

Heat oil in a wok and sauté each type of vegetable separately. Keep aside.
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In the same oil, add paanch phoron and the green chilies. Let them splutter for a few seconds, then add the already sautéed vegetables. Add all the spices, season with salt and sugar and mix well. Sauté for another couple of minutes.
IMG_1434IMG_1435 Pour enough water to drench the vegetables, cover and cook. It should take about 15 minutes on medium heat to cook the vegetables. If water remains, cook uncovered for a few more minutes till there is hardly any water. In Bengali, we call this consistency makho-makho where only the extra moisture is made to evaporate. Yet it does not leave the dish parched.

IMG_1441 IMG_1445 How do you cook your Borboti?


GB said...

I don't cook these beans, but I brought home one luscious kaddu 9pumpkin) that I'll be cooking for tonights dinner! :)

Priya said...

Very interesting dish, regarding ur q'n about dhokla, i never tried in microwave oven, but i think better try with less quantity for trial, so that u can determine the cooking time and all..hope this helps..

Satya said...

lovely dish ,love the combo ....those beans r my favorite too


Satrupa said...

We Odiyas to prepare this ..... we call them 'Barugudi Chuin'. I luv this with paratha or chapatti. Yours look drool worthy.

Cheers n Happy Cooking,

Sulagna Mukherjee Basu said...

My simplest recipe is to cook Borboti with potato and diced Brinjal..Tempered with panchphoron,green chillies.And salt,red chilli powder,turmeric,little bit of sugar to finish it off.

Your version looks good !!

Best Regards

Sayantani said...

amader barite eirakom charchari ke bole bagan charchari. amra tabe anek aro sobzi di. tomar version ta rutir sange darun lagbe.

Sayantani said...

Pree, ekhuni Priya'r comment ta dekhlam regarding preparing dhokla in micro. ami micro te kori. akta steamer kinechi micro'r jonyo. tumi akta flat micro safe pot e batter ta nie seta arekta patre'r moddhe rakhbe. bairer patre ektu jal dio. cling film die dheke majhe ektu kete debe jate steam ta berote pare. motatmuti 3 minute cook kore 1 minute standing time dile hoe jay. try kore dekhte paro khub bhalo hay.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy chorchori...

Geeta Mahesh said...

The only way I know to prepare this beans is the Tamil/Kerala Brahmin way of doing it. Will try your recipe.

Btw, Thanks for your comments on 'they draw and cook'. I appreciate it. You should give it a shot; you are such a superior cook and artist.

Gouri Guha said...

aami aloo, begun aar kumror chorchori-te kokhono barbati add korini, tobe tomar recipe ta dekhe bhujhte parchi add kora jai. aamar aloo barbati bhaja khoob bhalo lage.

sra said...

We have these too - and yes, I've seen them in SE Asia too. I have all the ingredients - may just make this tomorrow.
I generally use them in salads or as a stir-fry. Sometimes I use cow peas along with them.