Echorer Dalna – Bengali Raw Jackfruit Curry

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Bengali RecipesFestive FoodVegetarian

Echorer Dalna or Green Jackfruit Curry is also a very popular dish of Bengal. All bengalis are now enthusiast about the Bengali New Year which is on April month, and talking about Bengali’s festivals, we can’t ignore some delicious and bit different recipes. We make this preparation with raw jackfruit during the eve of Bengali New year or Poila Boisakh. Though its bit difficult to cut the raw jackfruit, but once you get the taste of this lip smacking dish, you can never forget.

Image : Echorer Dalna

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Important : 

  • Preparation Time : 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time : 45 minutes
  • Total Time : 1 hr 5 minutes
  • Serve For : 4

Ingredients : 

  • Raw Jackfruit or Echor (400 gms) /cut into small cubes
  • Mustard Oil or Vegetable Oil (4-6 tbsp)
  • Whole Garam masala (3 Green Cardamoms, 2” Cinnamon Stick, 4 Cloves)
  • Bay Leaves (2)
  • Onion (2 medium Size) /Sliced
  • Grated Ginger (1 tbsp)
  • Grated Garlic (1 tbsp)
  • Potato (2 medium size) /cubed
  • Turmeric Powder (1 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Cumin Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Coriander Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Red Chilli Powder (1 tsp)
  • Sugar (1 tsp)
  • Ghee (1/2 tsp)
  • Garam Masala Powder (1/4 tsp)

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 Direction :

  1. Before cutting the raw Jackfruit, place a newspaper below, oil the knife and your  hands with mustard oil. Even oil the back of your hands. Cut the jackfruit into cubes . Remove the thick outer covering surrounding the seeds in the middle and discard. Don’t peel the outer covering too much. (You can also buy the canned raw jackfruit from any supermarket or from Amazon)
  2. Wash the cubed jackfruit and boil them with some salt for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan. When the oil is heated, add whole garam masala and bay leaves.
  4. When they start releasing a beautiful aroma, add onion slices into the pan. Fry them for a while on medium to high flame.
  5. Then add grated ginger and garlic, fry them until the raw smell of garlic has gone.
  6. Meanwhile, add salt and turmeric powder. Cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Then add potato cubes and cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Now add the boiled jackfruit pieces into the pan and cook for a while.
  9. Add cumin powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder. Mix everything well and cook for 5-7 minutes on low to medium flame.
  10. Its time to add water into the pan. Stir and cover with a lead for 10 minutes. Keep the flame on low.
  11. After 10 minutes, put off the lead and give a good stir.
  12. Add sugar and ghee. Stir well.
  13. Lastly add garam masala powder. Give a stir and switch off the flame.

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Images: 

Boil the raw jackfruit in salted water

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Add whole garam masala and bay leaves into oil

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Add onion slices

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Add grated ginger and garlic

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Add salt and turmeric powder

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Add potato cubes

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Add boiled jackfruit cubes

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Add cumin powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder

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Add water and cover the pan with a lead

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After 10 minutes, open the lead

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Add sugar

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Add ghee

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Add garam masala powder

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Tips : 

  • Serve with steamed rice.

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