This month’s recipes are from Bangladesh and were supplied by Sabita Rakshit, a friend of mine who grew up in the southern region close to the coast. With fish being readily available, she said most meals would include a fish and rice dish accompanied by various daals (lentil stew) and vegetables. Breakfast was usually Luchi aloo dum. Luchi is deep fried flat bread and aloo is potato – basically, thick gravy made with potatoes and some green peas added.
These recipes, Egg Curry and Rossogolla, were childhood favorites prepared by Sabita’s grandmother. She graciously shared her versions with DFW.
Sabita’s Egg Curry Recipe – Bengali Style, Simplified
Eggs – half dozen
Potato – one large
Onion – one medium
Garlic – 3-4 cloves
Ginger – one-inch piece
Tomato – small, chopped
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 2 tsp
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Chili powder – ¼ teaspoonful (omit, if you prefer less heat)
Green chile – Thai hot, to taste
Garam Masala – 4 whole cloves, ½ inch cinnamon stick and one cardamom pod
Cooking oil – 2 Tbsp
Salt to taste
Make onion, garlic, ginger into a paste in a blender.
Wash and cut the potato in quarters. Boil the eggs and potatoes with a pinch of salt until the potato is cooked through. Drain the water and let it cool down in fresh cold water for 5-7 minutes. Peel the potatoes and the eggs. Sprinkle salt and turmeric on both. (Make some slits in the boiled eggs for the salt to enter and taste better.)
Heat the oil and fry the potatoes and eggs until golden. Take out with a slotted spatula and set aside.
Temper the same oil with the whole spices (lightly bruised to release the aroma). Once they start to sputter, add the onion/ginger/garlic paste. Fry on low heat for 5 minutes or until you see oil oozing out from the onion. Add the coriander, cumin powder, turmeric, and salt and cook for one minute. Add the chopped tomato.
Cover and cook until the tomato is soft. With your spatula, mix the tomato with the spice paste to get a smooth consistency. Cook for a minute and then add the eggs and potatoes. Give it a good mix and then pour in 1/2 cup of water. Check the salt and adjust to taste. Cover and let it simmer for 5-6 minutes until the eggs and potatoes take on the flavor.
Sprinkle with chopped coriander or garam masala powder, if desired, and serve hot with steamed rice or roti or paratha.
Recipe and photo credit: Georgia Reader and Sabita Rakshit