Fulkopi Alu'r Dalna to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

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Few years back I dint know what thanks giving day is all about and frankly speaking I dint care. As a young girl I was not aware what real responsibilities mean. I loved my family, took care of them, did whatever work they gave me but somewhere in my mind I knew I am taken care of. I knew whether I do it or not works would be done to make our life smooth and running. But today it’s a different story. Yes every now and then I complain for being stuck in the household chores and how the hubby is getting all the fun by going to work. I get angry on my little one for scattering his toys and creating a mess. I argue with my father for little little things and throw a feat every time Maa says something critical. Forget about the way I argue like a mad woman when traffic is stuck in the road or the summer heat is unbearable.
A bunch of water Hyacinth flowers, collected on our way back from the property in the suburbs. Its a spectacular scene  when they bloom together all over the water bodies. 
But at the end of the day when I come to bed to my family, that little soft bundle smelling of milk and innocence gives me comfort. I feel blessed to have him in my life, for having this luxury and stay at home to watch him grow, to hold him tight anytime I feel like. So every night I count my blessings and Thank God for everything. For having this opportunity of being treated as equal with my brothers,  to have such loving parents and siblings providing me a cushion to fall back upon, to have such a wonderful husband like ‘A’ who listens to my every whim and unconditionally supports and believes in me, to have wonderful friends and family who appreciate every little things I do for them, to have a beautiful son in ‘R’ who never never forgets to tell me ‘tumi khub bhalo Mummum (you are a very good mother)’, to have a family to come back to, to have enough food to cook and feed them, to do things that I enjoy and mostly to be myself.
A visitor who came to say Hi!!! 
But life is not fair everywhere and sometimes without any reason. This relisation have made me more optimistic. I have learnt to thank, to appreciate and to be grateful. The glass is always half full for me and nothing is taken for granted anymore. So today when I feel gratified I also pray to God to bring good health, peace and happiness to everyone. While I write this lets look around ourselves and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. It's the little moments that make life big.

Fulkopi’r torkari is a light flavourful curry made with cauliflower, potatoes and green peas. This dish is also a simple everyday dish, but what makes it special is the fresh seasonal produce. I waited for my mom’s vegetable garden to deliver the first homegrown cauliflower of the season to cook this dish. The cauliflowers she grew are small and not perfect. But the fact that they are Tended and cared for with love brings joy to the table. Its not only food that nourishes our body but also something that soothes our soul.

Fulkopi’r torkari or Cauliflower and potato curry
Cauliflower: 1 medium
Potatoes: 2-3 medium
Fresh or frozen green peas: ¼ cup or more
Tomato: 1 big
Green chilies: 2 pieces
Onion: 1 big
Ginger paste: 1 tsp
Coriander powder: ½ tsp
Cumin powder: ½ tsp
Chili powder: ½ tsp
Turmeric powder
Cumin seeds; ½ tsp
Black pepper: 4-5 pieces
Cloves: 2 pieces
Cinnamon: 1/3” stick
Bay leaf: 1
Oil: 4 tbsp

Garam masala: 1/3 tsp
Fresh coriander leaves

Boiling cauliflowers in hot salted water for a few minutes is very important as it helps to get rid of the dirt and small insects stuck inside.
Cut the cauliflower in small florets. Wash under running water and then boil or microwave for 4-5 minutes in salted water. Drain and mix with little salt and turmeric. Keep aside.

While the cauliflower is boiling, peel and cut potato in medium cubes.
Chop the onion very fine.
Cut the tomato in small pieces and sprinkle little salt over it. Keep aside.
In a small bowl mix ginger paste, cumin, coriander, turmeric and chili powder with ¼ cup water.

Once the cauliflower is boiled heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add the cauliflowers pieces and fry on medium till golden on each sides. The cauliflower should be half cooked by now. Take out, drain and keep aside.

In the same oil fry the potatoes till golden and keep aside.

Pour the rest of the oil in the same pan. Crush the whole garam masala lightly to release the flavors and add to the oil when hot. When it sizzles add the cumin seeds and slit green chilies.

Take care, as it will splutter a lot. Add in the chopped onion and fry on medium till its translucent. Pour in the spice mixture. Sprinkle little salt and fry till oil start to separate at the sides.

Mix in the chopped tomatoes and keep cooking on low till the tomatoes are mushy and blends well with the spice.

Now mix in all the fried potatoes, peas and cauliflowers. Give it a good stir. Cook for a couple of minutes and then add 2 cups of warm water.

Mix, check the seasoning and cover. Let it cook on low flame till they are soft and cooked through. The vegetables should not be mushy but cooked and hold their shape. If needed add more water to cook it.

Cook uncovered for a minute or so to adjust the gravy as per your liking. We like ours with little bit thin gravy so I added more water.

Check the seasoning and finish off with fresh coriander or garam masala powder.
A homemaker’s Tips:
You can omit onion if you like.

Non vegetarians can also add lightly fried prawns along with the vegetables.

Sending this to back to roots at a mad scientist's kitchen.

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  1. Looks delicious ...love the color ..yum!

  2. Nice n homey, love with some hot parathas :)

  3. Allo gobhi with home grown gobhi... to good!

  4. Nice gravy. Looks yumm. Home grown gobhi..wow!

  5. I wasn't aware of this ritual (thanksgiving) until few years ago.
    This dish may look simple but the fact that it's home grown makes it special...I love it..
    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Lovely curry and lovely colour. Looks very tempting Sayantani :)

  7. Yum yum, i can survive for many days with this incredible curry..

  8. Need just a hot phulka to polish the plate :)

  9. Lovely recipe...its been long since I stopped..so glad to catch up again..

  10. Yummy cauliflower curry,homegrown makes it even more tastier.

  11. Lovely read and those flowers are so pretty..wish you had shared a snap of those blossoms too..:)..needlessly to say your curry looks very inviting..I might invite myself ok..!

  12. Looks homely and delicious. Cauliflower is a tricky subji. It needs deft handling, not to be overcooked and over spiced. your recipe appears dishy.

    I Like your blog .thanks

  13. Yes Sayantani, there is a lot of things to be thankful for.
    This cauliflower and potato dish is looking so very delicious.

  14. How true Sayantani--I find that with all that has happened in the past few years, I've grown more appreciative of how blessed I am......this was such a lovely post. Your home looks lovely (are those really hyacinth flowers? they look lovely!)

    Love allo gobi.

  15. first time here.. had a fabulous time going through your blog... amazing recipes and pics... glad to follow you... do visit my blog sometime..

  16. Loved reading your post...identify with it so much !! Beautifully said ! Your dish looks lovely...

  17. hanks again everybody...its a pleasure be n the blogosphere and a support system like you all. Thanks a bunch friends.

    @GB yes they are water hyacinth blooms aren't they lovely? very delicate though as it only lasted for a day at home.

  18. fouOne of my favourite dish.Looks delicious, yummy and mouth watering.

  19. Very touching post... first time here and I wonder how I missed this fabulous one till now...

  20. Hi Sayantani,
    How are you doing? I love this dalna and have made it several times for S who simply loves Bengali food. Very nicely explained.



  21. Luvly collection of flowers in ur blog...Nic pics..

  22. Love the lil birdie(first thing), art work at home is cute!! Have you changed your profile pic? The lil cub is with computer now a days?

  23. I came to know after moving to US! I love ur home decor it has a Zen feelling :)

  24. lovely read and nice recipe. Feeling homely just looking at them.

  25. Very nice post & writing... & the curry looks delicious too...
    Thanks for visiting me,Glad to find your space...

  26. Beautiful post! As I get older, I too realize how lucky I am.

    Your dish looks delicious:)

  27. Looks delicious - I love the combination.

    Just one thing, soaking cauliflower in cold water is enough to kill any worms or grubs since its the salt that does the job. Boiling them in salted water can cause the hot water to mush up too tiny grubs into the cauliflower itself till you cant make them out.....

  28. looks Delicious and yummy ......

  29. Thanks for the recipe. I don't like boiling cauliflower,which will destroy the fullkopi flavor. If any bugs stuck inside will die while cooking and may be a good source for protein.

  30. I have made this twice and will again this weekend. My husband LOVES it. He declared it the best cauliflower dish he has ever had! So this recipe gets two thumbs up from me.


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