Appyayan : peper dalna (bengali green papaya curry)

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  • Appyayan : Peper Dalna (Bengali green papaya Curry)
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Number of serving: 4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Ready in: 55 minutes
Difficulty: Very Easy


- Green papaya(small) : 1
- Potato: 2 (medium)
- fresh coconut flesh : few pieces
- Tomato(small) : 1 (chopped)
- Ginger(grated) : 1 tablespoon.
- Green chilli : 1 or 2(slitted)
- Bay leaf : 1
- Cumin seeds : 1 teaspoon.
- Turmeric powder : 2 teaspoons.
- Red chilli powder : 1 to 2 teaspoons.(accr. to your test level)
- Cumin seed powder : 2 teaspoons.
- Coriander powder : 1 teaspoon.
- Garam Masala powder(bengali) : 1 teaspoon.(grind into powder of 2 cardamoms, 4 cloves and 1 small piece of cinnamon stick)
- Ghee(clarified butter) : 1 tablespoon. (for garnishing)
- Oil : 2-3 tablespoons .
- Sugar : 1 teaspoon.
- Salt to taste
-Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing(optional)


Step 1:

Peel the potatoes and cut into small cube like pieces. Peel papaya and cut into thin slices. Add a pinch of salt to both potato and papaya pieces. Keep aside.

Step 2:

Take fresh coconut flesh, peel the hard brown skin, then cut into small pieces. Keep aside.

Step 3:

Heat oil in a pan, fry coconut pieces until they are very lightly browned. In the same oil, fry potato and papaya pieces together until brown.

Step 4:

Take out o and keep aside. In the same oil, add bay leaves and cumin seeds. When seeds start to crackle and change colour, add grated ginger, slitted green chillies and tomatoes.

Step 5:

Stir for 1 to 2 minutes until tomatoes get pulpy. Then add turmeric, cumin, coriander and red chilli powder, mixed with 2 tablespoons . of water.

Step 6:

In medium flame, stir to mix the spices well until oil seperates. Then add fried potato and papaya pieces. Add salt and sugar.

Step 7:

Coat veggies well with spices. Add 1 cup or enough water to cook the veggies. It is a semi dry gravy dishes, so add water accordingly, if needed add more. Add fried coconut pieces now.

Step 8:

When veggies are cooked, check the seasoning. When you have desired amount of gravy, sprinkle ghee and garam masala powder over the gravy.

Step 9:

Mix well and remove from heat. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves if you want. Serve hot with plain rice.

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