Friday, May 21, 2010

PATOL (PARMAL) STEW, SUMMER DELIGHT

Well it is summer time and the market is flooded with patol ( Parmal). Now it is too hot  to cook Parmal delicacies like stuffed parmal , simple dalna, or very rich kalia type or with Poppy seeds, mustard , coconut and green chili paste. There is no end to it.
Here I am giving a simple fast recipe , which I am cooking after decades. This I used to cook for SOMEONE during romantic era and both of us used to come back from work dog tired. I had to improvise many fast recipes.
She was so glad and surprised too to see this forgotten dish, and really enjoyed eating it with hot rice.
THE RECIPE
It is a simple recipe , using peeled potato and parmal and a seasoning and nothing else. It looks watery and deceptive until you eat.
Ingredients
Patol ( parmal) 8 
Potato 2 medium peeled and diced to 1 inch 
Green chili 4
Freshly ground pepper 1/2 tsp
Ghee 2 tbsp ( more the merrier) 
2 heap tsp sugar
Seasoning 
Bay leaf 1
Cardamom 4
clove 3
Cinnamon 11/2 inch
black pepper 8
red chili 1 or 2
cumin 1/2 tsp 


PROCESS
Peel and dice the potato . The potato is added to give a body to the thin soup. Dont try flour or corn flour or rice flour for thickening.
Peel the Patol leaving a strip of skin alternately. This is done to keep the Patol in shape while avoiding the skin taste of the patol. See picture below. Cut each to 3 pieces.
Heat one tbsp ghee and sauté the potato till you see brown spots here and there. Remove and keep aside.
Add one more tbsp ghee , heat and throw in the seasoning followed by the Patol., Stir  with occasional sprinkling of water ( to prevent burn out of seasoning.) No frying is needed , just sauté for 3-4 minutes.
Add the potato, mix and add generous amount of water, bring to boil.
Add salt , cover and simmer till the potato is done. . ( about 10 minutes). In between add the green chilies
Add sugar, mix and boil for 1-2 minutes
The dish is ready, there will be no thick gravy, but lot of water thin liquid ( jhol) 
Try it with rice or roti..you will love it .


Now the bad news is, I have to travel again on work shortly, don't know where is my next destination..I wish it is some where in far east like Japan or Korea. But most probably it wont exceed 4 weeks ..

And for my Blog friends , this beautiful villa and garden on the bank of lake Como, Northern Italy. Photo taken from the Ferry.  


35 comments:

Sayantani said...

patol amar most favourite summer veggie. barite thakte roj maake boltam patol die kichu banao. awesome lage ei patla jhol jhol patol khete. aar bhalo lage patol er khosa bata...ami parina banate. khub bhalo lagche dekhe dish ta Ushnishda.

Life is beautiful!!! said...

Thanks for your wonderful comments in my blog. I never have seen this veggie in India. Here I get them in turkish run shops. I just ate them raw without knowing what to do with them. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

Preeti Kashyap said...

So very romantic!...Love the simple cooling dish!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

ahhh gorom kale ei patla potol er jhol garom bhat diye khete ja bhalo lage na..no comparison...infact posto diye potoler preparation khoob bhalo lage. Very simple yet tasty to eat.

Deepa
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Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

love stew...loved it..yummmmm

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Sharmila said...

Ami shudhu elaach ar shukno lonka diye eta baniye felobo. Simple patla jhol amar khub bhalo lage. Can't imagine cornflour with this. Ajke dupure gorom bhaater shaathe eta hobe. Ektu pyaj deya jaye ki? :-)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

wow thats an amazingly simple flavorful dish... i love these simple preparations!

Nandini said...

Ooh! Romantic moments behind this dish, sir! And the parmal stew looks hot and spicy! Love the dish!

Pavithra said...

Wow thats simple and yummilicious subzi.. its very handy at times with all the health benefits..

Viki's Kitchen said...

Hi Ushnish ji, How are you? Tasted this Patol vegetable after coming to US...not in Madras. Good that we are getting it there too. I like your version of thin curry with this. The technique of thickening with potato and peeling style are much useful tips. Must have tasted great. I will definitely try when I buy this. Must be great with rice (blame my gene, I am always a rice person.....food means rice to me...what to do? hi...hi).No wonder you both like it very much.Looks delicious.
That villa looks very beautiful. The lucky owners should be blessed forever for building such a nice one in a most lovely location. Reminds me of the thousand islands near Niagara. Very nice post.
Happy weekend and best wishes for a nice travel. eager to see more travel snaps:)

PreeOccupied said...

Potol gulo ki shundor. Ekhane ekdom baaje potol pawa jaye.

Cannot think of making potol'er dorma with those ones.

Shabs.. said...

Hi. how are u doing?....Iam doing well, alright in the summer sun!....That recipe sounds yum, but i dint get that vegetable yet!what's that?...is it something like courgettes or something?....
Loved the pic by the lake, so pretty....

About the cheese, you can use any cream cheese, i guess u may get amul cream cheese in india?...i have never seen or used it, but i know heard few using it...

Jagruti said...

Hello Usnishda

How are you? we all are fine here in UK and at last enjoying sunshine...thank you for visiting me and wishing me...you asked about parmasan cheese, yea you can use it in Risotto...lovely dish you've made..never seen this patol..got to find it...

have a lovely week..:-)

Vrinda said...

Simple n healthy stew...lov the last shot,so beautiful...

Kanchan said...

Hello Da,

Hmmm ... this seems very interesting never tried any dish with Parmal, will love to give it a try !

vineetha said...

Glad to see u back too and not a big news that u will be going again..Went through the posts that I missed.Lovely pics..Now I have to push my hubby for a trip to Italy :)
This recipe is very new to me.

Padhu said...

Hi Ushnish
Thanks for dropping by my blog and for your wonderful comments.Recipe sounds delicious and interesting!!

Sharmila Ganguly said...

No one understands how bengalies can love Potol and even make a mishti of it.

Devasena Hariharan said...

Hi Ushnish ji, hope u r doing good! I'm not frequenting blogs nowadays, was kind of held up with office work over the last 2 months.

This patol is very new to me, never heard of it..

Thanks for ur comment in my blog.Hope u enjoy this trip as well. Take care of ur health too..

Gulmohar said...

Hi Ushnish Da,

Good to see you back. I'm doing fine. Getting ready for a long vacation in India :D
Have never tried this veggie..Simple and delicious dish.

Lovely picture from Italy :-)

Chetana said...

Dear Ushnishji,
never heard of tis vege....do u any other name for it..i too hv to find out...between lovely pic...u r a lucky man travelling to all these beautiful places.
N did i hear it right...u going for another assignment??? only to come back wit loads of beautiful memories and colorful pics for us.
Cheers.

Amrita said...

Great! I think this idea of leaving a strip of the parwal skin alternatively is going to work for me perfectly.

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Parita said...

Hello Ushnish sir! How are you doing? Still roaming around in europe? That villa is simple superb! looks so peaceful and serene na?
We call patol parwal in gujarati and never in my dreams i would thought to make a stew out of it :)

Preeti Kashyap said...

I made this ushnish da! a second adaptation from you blog. So check it out and lemme know what do u think of it!

http://relishingrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/05/declutter-pantry-binge-tofu-mushroom-65.html

Babli said...

Ami potol bhishon bhalobashi. Darun recipe r khub sundor bhabe baniyechhen. Step by step chhobi diye presentation ta durdanto hoyechhe. Dekhei khete ichhe korchhe.
Northern Italy r chhobita oshadharon. Mone hochhe ekhoni ghurte jai.

PJ said...

This dish is so new to me.Loved it and would like to taste it too:)..You are traveling again!!Do drop in if you visit China and I will be looking forward to all ur lovely clicks from your tour :).Have a happy and safe journey Ushnish...

Siddhi S said...

Hello uncle,
how r u?...sorry i was not able to reply you from so mnay days and also missed your recipes....was very busy uncle...nyways but now vl try to be back...hope u njoying in the himalayas...loved this new dish...very simple and tempting...aunty must have surely loved it...loved ht pic from italy...beautiful and superb click

Pravs said...

Parmal is a new vegetable for me...looks simple to make. Lovely pic of the villa.

FoodLovers said...

another gr8 dsh from u Ushnish ..
and was scrolling to see ur previous posts loved ur pics whch u have taken e carnival pics and many more loved all ur pics
gr8 photographer apart from cooking too

Sanjana said...

Love the recipe! I totally agree with you about the ghee- the more the merrier indeed! Let us know where you will be travelling to next!

PJ said...

love this delicious and simple parmal recipe, Ushnish! perfect for the sizzling summer days.

simply.food said...

I have not cooked with parmal before it looks like cucumber.Many thanks for visiting simplyfood and for leaving such wonderful comments .Your travel photos look wonderful it seems you are fortunate to have visited such awesome places.

Bong Mom said...

Koto din Poto kahini. Shokkal shokkal ei rokom potol dekhano, ekdom fair noy, cholbe na, cholche na !!!

Steps er chobi gulo khub bhalo hoyeche

Miri said...

Thank you for your kind comments - this is exactly the kind of traditional recipes I have been talking about, if we don't make them, they will be lost and so will people stop eating such vegetables!

Malar Gandhi said...

interesting stew, never heard b'4...slhd try somtime..