Panch Phoron Tarkari from Tripura

>>  Sunday, April 27, 2014

We come to the last of the North East states - Tripura. The Seven North East States surely had us all in a fix. While we started discussing the Indian States quite early, working on these NE states surely gave all of us a big headache. 

While some of the NE state dishes were finalised if not actually cooked, Tripura was something that was eluding me for the longest time. I stopped cooking for the states when we started the Mega Marathon and nearly six dishes were still pending. I was really so held up with just writing the daily posts and reading other members posts that I hardly ever had time to even plan, what to cook for some of the states that were still not finalized.

Konda, in fact, asked me, why I had stopped cooking anything new. A couple of weekends back, I suddenly felt I would simply have to make it, else will be in deep trouble. Yet finding a doable dish for Tripura was such a hard task, it was turning to be.

It was then I decided to swap a couple of recipes that I had chosen to do for other states. Panch Phoron Tarkari was supposed to be made for Mizo as one of the states had mentioned as the local dish. But again this site says this dish is made in Tripura as well. That one single clarity changed my outlook and I literally felt lightweight in minutes!

I never knew there was such a mental block that was running around. Finalizing in one single sweep was a real master stroke! Since as I said I had to do Bread, and bread can't be served as such right, so here are three really great tasting side dishes for pooris from the North East.

I made Mizoram Hmarcha RawtNagaland Mashed Potato with Burnt Tomatoes and Chilli and Panch Phoran Tarkari from Tripura. The Saturday lunch was really a treat for us. Hubby enjoyed all the side dishes.

Panch Phoron Tarkari

Ingredients Needed:

Pumpkin - 1 cup
Potatoes - 1 big
Brinjal - 2 big
Dry Red chillies - 2
Green chilies - 4 medium
Bay leaves - 3 small
Panch Phoron - 2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Milk - 1 cup
Salt to taste

How to make Panch Phoron Tarkari

Heat the oil in a nonstick pan, add the panch phoron, after a couple of minutes, add dry chilies, green chilies, bay leaves. Saute for a couple of minutes. 

Add the cubed vegetables and mix well. Simmer with lid covered. 

Add turmeric and mix thoroughly. Now enough water and add milk to cook the vegetables.

Simmer till vegetables are tender and the water is absorbed. Add the salt finally and adjust the spice.

Serve hot with rice or poori. 

Take care to add the milk, when you have the pan in simmer. Else you will curdle the milk. Also, salt can be added after adding the milk.

You can cook this till the milk coats the vegetables, will be good to serve with pooris this way.

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vaishali sabnani April 27, 2014 at 12:16 AM  

This paanch poran Tarkari looks colorful and interesting...truly the seven sisters gave us lot of was like some exam research...

Nivedhanams Sowmya April 27, 2014 at 10:54 AM  

yeah so true that the NE states gave so much pressure and tension..

And this tarkari is looking so yummy!!

The Pumpkin Farm April 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM  

same pinch i made the same..and loved it, this one is going to stay

Akhila Partha April 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM  

This looks so yummy

Priya Suresh April 27, 2014 at 8:30 PM  

Even i love my puris with different side dishes, tarkari looks very flavourful and fingerlicking..Happy We did with the NE.

Varadas Kitchen April 27, 2014 at 10:29 PM  

The pumpkin makes the dish so colorful. Very attractive dish.

Recipes for Tripura ware hard to come by. It is nice to see how everyone finally found something nice to cook.

Harini-Jaya R May 1, 2014 at 1:42 AM  

Addition of milk in this curry sounds very interesting. I totally agree that Tripura gave the most jitters!

rajani May 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM  

I too had finalized on the same dish, but changed it when I found out about khichuri bhog. Have to give this a try sometime...

Archana Potdar May 3, 2014 at 9:51 PM  

Looks colourful and delicious. Wich I could attack the pics they loook so yum.

Pavani N May 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM  

I made this for Assam and really loved how all the veggies came together as one dish -- yours looks colorful and delicious.

Padmajha PJ May 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM  

Completely agree- NE states put us in a fix! Your version of this dish sounds nice Srivalli :)

Nalini's Kitchen May 5, 2014 at 7:07 PM  

Flavorful curry with unusual combo of veggies,looks so colorful and attractive..never tried this combo of veggies..

Usha May 9, 2014 at 9:11 AM  

GLad swapping the dishes worked out finally found a recipe from the NE that was liked by all. My Tripura was a disaster but was in no mood to try another dish. Panch phoron tarkari looks colorful and delicious

Sandhya Ramakrishnan May 11, 2014 at 6:52 AM  

Such a wise idea to swap the dishes Srivalli! Wish I had thought about this a little bit....I was almost on the verge of giving up on Tripura. The tarkari looks really good :)

Sapana Behl May 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM  

We loved it too...yours version looks wonderful !

Manjula Bharath May 28, 2014 at 1:11 AM  

tarkari looks very delicious and colorful valli :) makes me drool here :) Even I agree with you NE recipe selection was a pain ..

Jayanthi Padmanabhan May 30, 2014 at 5:18 PM  

you cant go wrong with panch phoran.. looks delicious

Chef Mireille June 3, 2014 at 7:41 AM  

like the variety of vegetables used

Suma Gandlur August 1, 2014 at 7:03 AM  

This was a hit and doable recipe for most of us during this marathon, I guess. :)

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