Potol Bata aka Pointed Gourd Paste is a Bengali Potol dish (entree) mostly served with Steamed Rice. In this Bengali potol recipe, a spicy paste is prepared with ripe Pointed Gourd aka Parwal and a few other ingredients. This is a vegetarian Indian Parwal recipe and you can make it very easily. The Bengali Pointed gourd paste can be stored in the fridge for 7 days.
With ample of potol and mostly ripe potol at home, I am making this quite often these days. Moreover, while I am making the potol bata, I am storing it in the fridge and serving on alternate days and some other bata or bhate on other days with rice.
Potol bata, a Bengali Entree!
Potol Bata aka Pointed Gourd Paste is a Bengali entree mostly served with Steamed Rice. In this recipe, a spicy paste is prepared with ripe Pointed Gourd aka Parwal, and a few other ingredients. This is a vegetarian recipe and you can make it very easily. This can be stored in the fridge for 7 days.
Potol Bata vs. Potol Bhate, the battle of Bangal Vs. Ghoti!
Surprisingly, I have seen this dish cooked in both Bangal as well as Ghoti households. While in the Ghoti households, we call it Makha or Bata, they call Potol bhorta in the Bangal households. In general, Ghoti Potol Makha does not calls for Roshun aka Garlic while the Bangal Bata is flavored with garlic in most of the cases.
Is potol bata a Lockdown recipe?
We have limited access to the market and the easily available veggies during the lockdown. If not anything, this period has taught us to utilize resources properly. This kind of recipe where veggies like ripe pointed gourd which we, in general, do not eat are used to make an entree for sure is the lockdown-friendly recipe. It calls for limited ingredients and an easy cooking process after all.
This is how I make Bengali Potol Bata at Debjanir Rannaghar!
- Potol/ Pointed Gourd: 6-7 (Preferably Ripe)
- Tomato: 1
- Green Chilli: 2
- Garlic Clove: 6-7
- Turmeric Powder: 1 Tsp.
- Red Chilli Powder: 1 Tsp.
- Cumin Powder: 1 Tsp.
- Nigella Seed/ Kalojire: ½ Tsp.
- Salt: to taste
- Mustard Oil: 2 Tbsp.
- Coat the veggies with a few drops of Mustard oil.
- This will help to keep the moisture while roasting the veggies.
- Now roast the Pointed gourd over the medium flame using a bread roaster.
- Roast one side of the Pointed Gourd for around one minute.
- Turn the Potol using a tong to roast another side.
- Now Roast the Tomato following the same process.
- The roasted veggies are to be at room temperature while making the paste aka bata.
- Make a smooth paste along with the Green Chillies, and also the Garlic Cloves.
- Heat Mustard Oil in a pan.
- Temper the Oil with Nigella Seed.
- Add the paste and stir vigorously.
- Now add Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Red Chilli Powder, and also Salt and mix.
- Cook on a slow flame for around 3 minutes.
- Stir in between.
- Add a few drops of Mustard Oil and adjust the salt if needed.
- Once done switch the flame off.
- Serve Potol Bata with steamed Rice.
Potol bata aka Bengali Potol bhate recipe video with the detailed steps!
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Have you tried the Bengali Potol Bata aka Potol Bhorta recipe from Debjanir Rannaghar!
Do let me know how it came out. Also, I would love to see a picture of the same which you can share here on firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, on Instagram, you can use my hashtag #debjanirrannaghar and in addition, you can tag me at @foodofdebjani.
Here’s the Potol bhate Pin for your Pinterest Board!