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%Potol Bata

Potol Bata

  • Author: Debjani Chatterjee
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 5 People


Potol Bata aka Pointed Gourd Paste is a Bengali Potol dish (entree) mostly served with Steamed Rice where the paste is prepared with roasted pointed gourd


  • 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: 1/2 Tsp.
  • Salt: to taste
  • Mustard Oil: 2 Tbsp.


  1. Coat the veggies with a few drops of Mustard oil.
  2. This will help to keep the moisture while roasting the veggies.
  3. Now roast the Pointed gourd over the medium flame using a bread roaster.
  4. Roast one side of the Pointed Gourd for around one minute.
  5. Turn the Potol using a tong to roast another side.
  6. Now Roast the Tomato following the same process.
  7. The roasted veggies are to be at room temperature while making the paste aka bata.
  8. Make a smooth paste along with the Green Chillies, and also the Garlic Cloves.
  9. Heat Mustard Oil in a pan.
  10. Temper the Oil with Nigella Seed.
  11. Add the paste and stir vigorously.
  12. Now add Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Red Chilli Powder, and also Salt and mix.
  13. Cook on a slow flame for around 3 minutes.
  14. Stir in between.
  15. Add a few drops of Mustard Oil and adjust the salt if needed.
  16. Once done switch the flame off.
  17. Serve Potol Bata with steamed Rice.
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Bengali
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