Vegetable chakka

Vegetable chakka

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Spice Kitchen
Serves
4
Photographer
Jana Liebenstein

A Bengali favourite with slightly sweet overtones, this simple dish uses six different vegetables that complement each other in taste and texture. ‘Chakka’ means six ingredients tossed together quickly. Make sure the vegetables are in their prime, preferably organic and in season, as in this recipe there is nowhere for them to hide. The whole spices accentuate the pure fresh flavours of the vegetables. Serve with steamed rice.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 1/2 tablespoons mustard oil
1 teaspoon Panch Phoron
2 dried whole red chillies
2 bay leaves
2.5cm cinnamon stick
2 cloves
1 teaspoon Ginger paste
1 small eggplant, cut into 2.5 cm pieces
200g pumpkin, peeled and cut into 2.5 cm pieces
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2.5 cm pieces
1 zucchini, thickly sliced
4 cauliflower florets, each cut lengthwise into 4 pieces
12 green beans, trimmed and sliced into 2.5 cm lengths
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2-1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Method

  1. Heat the mustard oil in a wok or large frying pan over a medium heat. Stir in the panch phoron and chillies and cook until the mixture crackles. Immediately add the bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves and ginger paste and cook, stirring continuously, for 1 minute.
  2. Add the eggplant, pumpkin, sweet potato, zucchini, cauliflower, beans, sugar, turmeric and salt. Stir to mix well, then cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook over the lowest heat possible for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Only take the lid off to check and stir once during the cooking time. (This dish obtains the best taste when the vegetables cook in their own steam, without the addition of water. This can only be achieved when the lowest possible heat is used and when the lid is not opened more than once during cooking.) Serve hot.

Note:

  • All the vegetables should be cut to the same size as much as possible. The prepared vegetables should come to about 600 g in total before cooking.
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