Papor er Dalna
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Serves: 4 People
  • Masala Papad/ Papor: 4
  • Potato: 4 (Medium size)
  • Tomato: 1 (Big size)
  • Ginger Paste: 1 Tbsp.
  • Bay Leaf: 1
  • Dry Red Chili: 1
  • Asafoetida: ½ Tsp.
  • Whole Cumin Seed: ½ Tsp.
  • Cumin Powder: 1 Tsp.
  • Turmeric Powder: ½ Tsp.
  • Red Chili Powder: 1 Tsp. (adjust according to taste)
  • Sugar: 1 Tbsp. (adjust according to taste)
  • Bengali Garam Masala Powder: 1 Tsp.
  • Salt: to taste
  • Refined Oil: 2 Tbsp.
  • Ghee: ½ Tbsp.
  1. Making of Paporer Dalna
  2. Wash and Peel Potatoes and then cut each Potato into two half and then cut each half into three pieces.
  3. Make a Puree of Tomato.
  4. How to make Papor er Dalna
  5. Heat Oil in a pan and fry Potato pieces till those turn golden brown in colour. Strain fried potatoes from oil and keep those separated.
  6. Break each Papor/ Papad into four pieces and fry in the remaining oil. It will take 20 30 seconds to fry four pieces of Papad in high flame.
  7. Strain fried Papad from Oil.
  8. There will be some oil remaining in the pan and that is sufficient for the next level of cooking.
  9. Temper the Oil with Bay leaf, Dry Red Chili, and Whole Cumin seed and wait till the tempering started crackling.
  10. Mix Asafoetida with 1 Tbsp. of water and add that directly to the tempering and mix properly.
  11. Now add pureed tomato to the tempering and start cooking in medium flame till the raw aroma of Tomato goes and then add ginger paste to the mixture and cook in medium flame for 2 more minutes or till oil separates from the mixture.
  12. Mix Turmeric Powder, Red Chili Powder and Cumin Powder with 1 Tbsp. water and make a thick paste and add this paste to the pan and mix properly.
  13. Add Sugar and Salt in this stage and add 1 Tbsp. of water and then cook for 2 more minutes or till oil separates again.
  14. Add fried Potatoes to the spice mix and coat properly with the spices and add 1.5 Cup of Water to it.
  15. Cover the Pan with a Lid and cook until Potatoes cooked properly. It took me 7 minutes of cooking in medium flame. However, check in between since cooking time varies with the type of potato.
  16. After the potatoes are done, adjust water a bit, and place fried Papad on the top of the potatoes and again cover the pan with the lid and cook for 3-4 minutes more.
  17. Open the lid and mix the gravy a careful mix, Papad will be softening in this stage completely.
  18. Add Garam Masala Powder and Ghee to the curry and cook for 2 minutes more.
  19. Papor er Dalna is served with runny gravy; so adjust water level accordingly.
  20. Serve it hot with steamed rice; Papor er Dalna goes well with Roti or Paratha as well.
I prefer to use normal Masala Papad while making this curry.
Adding Sugar is optional but Bong style Papad Curry is kind of incomplete without Sugar
Recipe by Debjanir Rannaghar at