Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Alu – potol bhate – Potato and pointed gourd bharta

What you’ll need:

Potato: 1 medium
Pointed gourd: 3/4
Onion :1 sliced
Chilly: 1 green or red dried
Cumin seeds: ½ tsp
Mustard or any other oil: 1 tsp
Salt: 1 pinch

How to:

1.      Skin the pointed gourds  as shown.
2.      Boil the potato and the gourds. You can also put it inside your rice pot. That’s how it was done by my mother.
3.      Skin the potato.
4.      Fry the cumin seeds, chilly and sliced onion in the oil, and pour the 
      entire thing on the boiled veggies, add salt and mash.

Healthy and delicious. Just try it out. You can also make similar bhartas with pumpkin, eggs or brinjals. You will find pumpkin bharta here.


  1. Very tempting aloo potol bhate. Great preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. Ufff alu-poto bhaate ekdom bhalo lagto na ar ekhon mone hochche amrito :)

  3. Dear Jhimly
    It has been ages since I ate this, in fact I had forgotten too. I am going for it in a day or two.
    I can say , boiling any thing with rice gives a unique taste because of the effect of soluble or dispersed starch in rice water ( Phyan). But nowadays , we dont cook enough rice and that too in excess water. I always boil potato in rice whenever I want to eat alu bhate.
    Have a nice day

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    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Its been long since I ate this veggie..just yesterday only when i was talking to mom, she said she had made patol sabzi for dinner and I was like lucky you guys..I don't even get to see this veggie in u can imagine how i love this veggie..patol bhate looks delicious indeed!!

  6. Hey Deepa, thanks so much :)Its so very kind of you to share an award...I'm so plesantly surprised !! I don't even know how to accept an award :P I'll go to your blog and try.

  7. very true, when my son says "chheee" for anything home-cooked or healthy, I realize even I never stopped to appreciate ma's cooking when I was small either....these simple dishes seem so precious and embraced with ma's affection now...seem tasty maybe due to the childhood memories attached

  8. Your are so right mother too doesn't approve of my boiling bhate veggies separately:)

  9. @Suman: Thanks a lot for stopping by and leaving encouraging comments...Do you stay in the US ? and...are u a Bengali ?


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