Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Know your Kolkata Food Blogger - Indrani and one of her recipes

This is the last post for the ongoing event Know your Blogger event of KFB . I know i am again terribly late to post this but last few weeks have been so frenzied. First the Diwali mayhem and then a bad viral struck. First me and then my little boy were so badly under the weather that I completely lost the motivation to try out new recipes and blog about it. But I am thankful to be surrounded by amazing family and friends who never fail to inspire and push me a little so that I get back to doing what I love doing.
Here I am presenting to you Indrani who owns the very popular blog Recipe Junction . I am sure many of you already know about her and her blog as she is a veteran in this field. She has more that 200 recipes in her website and blogs with a lot of passion. She is a homemaker and mother to three lovely u can imagine that she has her hands full. But she manages everything with a lot of ease. Recently I had met her while she was doing a video shoot and I was so impressed to see how meticulously she had packed and got all the ingredients and stuffs required for the recipe. She had taken care of every little detail and I was so amazed.
Now coming to her recipes..I was spoilt for choice when I had to choose one. I was a difficult task. I however decided to try one of her everyday recipes and give it a little of my personal touch. Dal'er Bora'r Jhol ( Lentil dumplings in a gravy) is an often tried dish in many Bengali households. I have had it on many occasions and loved it. Indrani's blog has a very easy recipe of this dish here , the one I made is very similar with just a addition of few ingredients. This is totally a vegetarian dish and is perfect for days when you are not in a mood to make the usual onion - tomato gravy.


Masoor dal/Red lentil - 1 cup (soaked in warm water for half an hour and then grinded into a smooth paste)

Chopped onion - 1 tbsp

Paanchphoron - half tsp

Cumin paste - 2 tsp

Ginger paste - 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder - 1 tsp

Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

Tomato - 1 medium - chopped

Salt - to taste

Sugar - a pinch

Oil - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp

Ghee - 1 dollop for garnish

Green chillies - 2-3 nos - slit 


Take the dal paste , add salt to taste , a pinch of turmeric , the finely chopped onion and  coriander. Mix well and keep aside.

In a non stick pan  add 2 tbsp oil. Once the oil heats up drop a tbsp of the dal batter into the pan and fry the dumplings. Just like we make pakodas / fritters.

Once they turn a nice golden brown in colour , remove from oil and keep them on a tissue paper so that excess oil is drained out. You could enjoy a couple of these fritters as it is with a cup of tea , they taste awesome.

In another pan heat 1 tbsp oil and splutter tha paanchphoron. Next add the chopped tomatoes , cumin paste, ginger paste, turmeric ,red chilli powder, salt and sugar and mix well.

Fry this masala mix well adding a little water from time to time so that it doesn't burn. Once the mix starts leaving oil on the sides , add a cup of warm water and let the gravy simmer.Once the gravy comes to a boil , add the lentil fritters and let them simmer in the gravy for 2 mins. Garnish with slit green chillies and a dollop of ghee. Serve hot with plain rice.

I hope all of you will try this dish and let me know your feedback. For some great recipes,don't forget to check out Recipe Junction



  1. isss amio eibhabei banai almost. ki bhalo dekhte hoeche and am truly craving it right now. Dal bhijiechi bori debar jonyo, ektu baniyei felbo mone hoche ;-P

    1. Hehe Sayantani thank u. Tumi bori o diccho ei shorir niye.....hats of to u.

  2. Thanks for all those sweet words about me, are a sweetheart, Tomar Bora'r jhol ta asadharon dekhte hoyeche, Masurir daler bora amar favorite..don't mind the delay, health and family comes first, then everything else

    1. Pleasure was mine..i actually had a tough time selecting a have so many. I relished the dish all by myself.