Charchari is a medley of mixed vegetables cooked in Bengali style to make a dry curry.Again,there were lots of options to go with the letter ‘C’ like Cham Cham, Chanar Payesh,Cholar Dal and many more but I picked Charchari or Chorchori to try in my kitchen.Apart from interesting name the dish is also full of interesting vegetables and Bengali Panch Phoran spices.As I read in Sandeepa’s space , i used most of the vegetables that are usually cooked together to make Charchari .The interesting ones are radish,broad beans and drum sticks.

When I started cooking the dish, I was too skeptical to make this unique combination of veggies that I have never done before and also the spices were not the regular ones.But when the dish was cooked,my whole house was filled with this aromatic and flavorful aroma of mustard seeds and spices .The dish tasted so delicious and heavenly that from now on,I am going to try it on a regular basis.

Since childhood,I have been fond of the spices that we North Indian use in our pickles mainly fennel, mustard, nigella and fenugreek seeds .And as in Bengali cooking they use these four spices,plus cumin seeds”Panch Phoran” to temper or cook many dishes.These dishes always fantasied me with that wonderful aroma of pickled spices and no matter what is cooked with these spices ,I am always going to love them.

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1 medium size eggplant,cut in cubes
1 medium size potato,cubed
1 cup cauliflower florets
1 medium size radish,cut in pieces
1/2 cup pumpkin ,cut in cubes
1 drumstick,cut in lengthwise
1/2 cup green beans,chopped
1 ridge gourd/Zucchini,sliced
2 green chilly,cut in slits
salt to taste
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tablespoon mustard oil
2-3 dried red chilli
1 bay leave
1 teaspoon paanch phoran (cumin,nigella,fennel,fenugreek and mustard seeds)

For Mustard paste
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
3-4 green chillies
1/4 cup water

To make the mustard paste
Soak mustard seeds in water for few hours.Grind with green chilies to make a paste.

In a wok or pan add all the chopped vegetables with turmeric powder,salt and 2 tablespoon of mustard paste.Cook covered until vegetables are done.
Heat oil in pan,add aseftida,paanch phoran ,dried red chilli ,bay leave and green chilli slits.
Stir and add the cooked vegetables on this.Mix well until combine.
Cook for 2-3 minutes more.

Remove from heat and serve hot with steamed rice.


Serve-4 Cooking time-30 minutes

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Best regards,

Sapana Behl

25 comments on “Charchari”

  1. I have sanjeev kapoor's version bookmarked but this looks interesting.I will try your version after this marathon.The pics make it all the more tempting…

  2. What a wonderful vegetable dish this is! Love the flavors with the panch phoran.

  3. That looks so yum with all the veggies…

  4. Srivalli says:

    Interesting combination of vegetables used..good one..

  5. Good choice I made it for c but but some how didn't take the good picture of it so changed looks too good ….

  6. Such a comforting curry, goes well with rice. Love the usage of so many veggies:)

  7. Kalyani says:

    Such a flavoursome paste that is, n a super medley of veggies !

  8. Usha says:

    This seems to be a popular dish for C in Bengali cuisine. Even Pavani made the same curry. This is indeed a flavorful medley of vegetables in a curry

  9. I too loved cooking with panch phoron during our mega bm of Indian states. Love the curry sapana and u have so beautifully captured that hexagonal plate. Wonderful! !

  10. Sounds delicious. The mustard paste and the panch phoron must have elevated the flavor quotient of this curry.

  11. What an interesting recipe Sapana! ❤️

  12. Paanch phoran with the goodness of veggies? Wow how can it go wrong? yummy sapana

  13. Pavani N says:

    Same pinch Sapana. We loved this simple and delicious mixed veggie dish. I skipped the mustard paste but may be next time I'm going to add it.

  14. Another Charchari of day,looks like a popular dish in Bengali Cuisine.Looks yummy and flavorful..

  15. Sapana, another version of the mixed vegetable. Just saw Pavani's version and yours looks equally delicious 🙂 Looks like a popular Bengali dish!

  16. Such a rich looking flavourful charchari, i can have it simply with anything..Beautiful clicks there.

  17. Very interesting medley of veggies. Very flavorful and stunning presentation.

  18. like the addition of mustard paste…. and lovely presentation as always

  19. all that mustard oil and mustard seeds must lend an awesome flavor

  20. Delightful flavours of mustard oil and mustard paste! delicious authentic dish!

  21. Super flavorful spices and an excellent dish with mixed veggies.

  22. Ruchi Indu says:

    very flavorful. The mustard paste and panch phoron must have enhanced the taste

  23. This looks so good with so much of flavours.

  24. Thats a flavour loaded veggie goodness. 🙂 🙂 Looks delicious.

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