Enchorer Dalna is a very popular dish of Bengal (Eastern India). Jackfruit or Kathal is called Enchor in Bengali, it is yummy and delicious after cooking. Bengalis are mostly non-vegetarians. Locally we called enchor as 'gaach pantha' that means vegetarian goat meat, so luscious it is.
800 gm Raw Jackfruit
3 Medium Sized Potatoes (peeled and parboiled)
2 Green Chillies, cut in slits
1 Large Tomato (chopped)
1 Medium Onion (finely chopped)
4 Pods of Garlic (minced)
1&1/2 tsps Ginger paste
1 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli powder
1/2 tsp Dry Mango powder
1 tsp Garam masala powdered (1" cinnemon, 2 cloves and 2 green cardamoms)
1/2 tsp Sugar (for flavour)
1 Bay leaf
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
4 tbsps Oil
1 tsp Clarified Butter (ghee)
2 tbsps finely chopped Coriander Leaves/Cilantro
Salt to taste
Wash and peel the jackfruit. Chop it into 1" cubes. Cook jackfruit cubes in the pressure cooker till 2 whistles. Let it cool down naturally. Drain water completely. Keep it aside.
Cut each potato in 4 cubes. Set it aside.
Heat oil in a wok. Add cumin seeds and bay leaf in it. Saute for 40 seconds followed by adding chopped onion and minced garlic in it. Fry for 3-4 minutes on medium heat now add ginger paste in it, mix well.
Add chopped tomato, green chillies and salt in it. Fry for another 4 minutes till tomato gets mushy.
Now add potatoes, jackfruit pieces and all dry spices in it. Mix nicely, add sugar in it. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes, till spices are well cooked.
Pour 1/2 Cup of water in it. When it starts to boil, lower the heat now. For the right flavor, add chopped coriander leaves and clarified butter before turning off the heat. Stir nicely.
Keep it covered till you serve it. Enchorer Dalna is ready to savor. Serve hot with plain rice and rotis.
TIPS: Before cutting the jackfruit, apply mustard oil on your hands to avoid black