Bandhakopir ghonto recipe (Bengali Niramish Bandhakopir tarkari recipe) step by step

Bandhakopir ghonto recipe (Bengali Niramish Bandhakopir tarkari recipe) step by step. Bandhakopir ghonto means basically a dry and mushy niramish Bandhakopir tarkari in Bengali, no onion garlic Bengali cabbage curry recipe. This Bengali style cabbage curry is made with shredded cabbage (bandhakopi), ginger, green chilli,hing, ghee & garam masala. Potato and green peas are additional ingredients in this Bengali cabbage recipe. Due to niramish dish, no onion or garlic is used in cooking this cabbage curry. In West Bengal even in Bangladesh, this no-onion garlic cabbage curry is also known as niramish bandhakopir tarkari. This Bengali dish is similar North Indian style Patta gobhi ki sabji or Bandh gobhi ki sabji recipe if cooked without onion and garlic.

Cooking of niramish Bandhakopir ghonto aka bandhakopir tarkari starts with cumin, and bay leaves tempered in oil. Then continue cooking with frying aloo and frying shredded bandhakopi. Tomato, ginger, and green chillies paste with jeera powder, hing, salt, sugar and turmeric used in cooking with the veggies until separates oil. Adding green peas pods. Lastly, ghee and garam masala use to enhance the taste and flavour of this cabbage curry. Due to its mushy nature, this cabbage curry is known as ghonto (ghonto means dry mushy curry in Bengali).

Bandhakopir ghonto Bandhakopir tarkari Bengali cabbage curry
Ruti with Bandhakopir tarkari

This Bengali dish is prepared with finely chopped cabbage, chunk of potatoes and green peas pods (though optional). How finely chop the cabbage, cabbage will quickly get soft and the curry will quickly get cooked & get mushy as well. Even novices or beginners can use a vegetable chopper to chop the cabbage finely and fastest way

How to cut bandhakopi for bandhakopir ghonto (bandhakopir torkari)
How to cut Cabbage or Bandhakopi for making Bandhakopir torkari

For cooking this Bengali cabbage curry, I always add green peas. Green peas enhance the taste of this dish and healthy as well. In winter, I use fresh green peas and in other seasons use frozen green peas for making this recipe.

The cooking style of this Bandhakopir torkari is similar to Bengali Phulkopir dalna recipe. Only instead of phulkopi, badhakopi needs to fry with aloo for making this Bengali vegetarian curry. The only difference is, phulkopir dalna contains gravy however bandhakopir torkari gets a dry mushy texture. Otherwise, taste wise this Bengali recipe would have been named bandhakopir dalna.

Winter is the best time to cook this Bengali cabbage curry at home. In winter, newly harvested cabbage is soft & juicy and has no smell. Even cabbage quickly gets soft and mushy while cooking this curry. Though I fry the cabbage in oil until soft to remove its smell if any and which makes this curry tasty

For the rest of the year, for cooking this Bengali cabbage curry, cabbage should blanch with salt in low heat by covering the pan. Through this procedure, the cabbage removes its water and gets soft. No water should be added while blanching. Later by removing the water, we can get rid of the bad odour of cabbage. So to get a wintertime taste of this cabbage curry, blanching is a must except in winter.

This Bandhakoipr tarkari is generally served with gorom bhat and dal at lunch or roti at dinner. However, this tarkari goes well with luchi and porota (paratha) at breakfast.

Try this bandhakopir torkari at home. Let me know your valuable feedback about how this bengali dish worked at your home in the comment section below.

Check some bengali bread recipes for having with this Bengali cabbage curry,

Luchi recipe
Koraishutir Kochuri recipe
Niramish khichuri or bhoger khichuri recipe is also accompanied well with this bandhakopir torkari.

For other popular ghonto recipes check below

Mochar ghonto recipe
Palong shaker ghonto
Muri ghonto recipe

Bandhakopir ghonto recipe (Bengali Niramish Bandhakopir tarkari recipe) step by step

Recipe by Moumita PaulCourse: Bengal Specialities, Recipes, Veg recipes
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Bandhakopir ghonto (Bandhakopir tarkari) is basically a dry and mushy niramish Bengali cabbage curry recipe. This Bengali cabbage curry is cooked in ghee garam masala and without onion garlic. This bandhakopir tarkari is Served with rice & dal at lunch, with roti, luchi & porota (paratha) at breakfast or dinner.

Ingredients For Bandhakopir ghonto

  • 750 g Cabbage / Bandhakopi / Patta gobhi / Bandh Gobhi

  • 4 Medium Aloo

  • 1/2 cup Green Peas

  • 1 Medium Tomato

  • 10 g (3/4 inch) Ginger

  • 3 Green Chillies

  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder

  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder

  • 3/4 tsp Turmeric Powder

  • 1/4 tsp Hing (Asafoetida)

  • 2 tsp Sugar

  • 1+1/2 tsp Salt

  • 1+1/2 tsp Ghee

  • 3/4 tsp Garam masala powder(Homemade/ Store bought)

  • 1/2 cup (8 tbsp) Mustard Oil

  • For Tempering
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds/ Jeera

  • 2 Bay Leaves

Directions

  • Preparation
  • Thoroughly clean, wash & finely chop the cabbage, and dice the potatoes and green peas pods.
  • Make a smooth paste of ginger, green chilli & tomato. Keep it aside.
  • How to cook Bandhakopir ghonto (niramish bandhakopir tarkari)
  • Heat a pan (on medium heat), add the oil, and let the fumes come out of the oil. Add the potatoes to the oil and fry until golden from all sides.
  • Then add cumin seeds & bay leaves in the same pan. Stir them well and let the aroma of spices come out from the frying.
  • Next, add bandhakopi to the same pan, and mix it well with the fried potatoes. Cover the pan and slow down the heat.
  • After every 45 secs interval, stir the cabbage and again cover the pan until the cabbage and potatoes get soft.
  • Then keep the veggies on one side of the pan, add the masala paste (prepared earlier) to the other side of the pan. 
  • Next add cumin powder, hing, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt, and sugar as described above. 
  • Add the green peas. Mix all well together. Cover the pan. 
  • Cook it until masalas the raw smell goes off and the masala nicely blends with the cabbage and potatoes. Can add 1/4 cup of hot water if needed.
  • Get an almost dry gravy. To make it mushier, mash a few potatoes and mix them with the curry.
  • Lastly, add ghee and garam masala powder, mix it well, turn off the heat and cover the pan to infuse the aroma of ghee & garam masala into the curry.
  • Bandhakopir ghonto is ready, serve this dish with rice & dal or niramish khichuri or bhoger khichuri at lunch. And with roti, luchi & porota at breakfast or dinner.

Notes

  • Instead of blanching, can pressure cook the cabbage and alu with 1 cup of water on medium flame with a whistle. After boiling remove the water and cook it as directed in this recipe.
  • While cooking always adds hot water if required in cooking. Otherwise, the taste gets bland.
  • For making Bandhakopir ghonto try to buy small cabbages which have dark green outer leaves.

How to make Bandhakopir ghonto (niramish bandhakopir tarkari) recipe with step by step pics

Preparation

  • Thoroughly clean, wash & finely chop the cabbage, and dice the potatoes and green peas pods.
Ingredients of Bandhakopir torkari Ingredients of Bandhakopir torkari
Bandhakopi, aloo and frozen koraishuti (can use fresh koraishuti too)
  • Make a smooth paste of ginger, green chilli & tomato. Keep it aside.
Niramish Bandhakopir torkari masala Niramish Bandhakopir torkari masala
Ghonto’r Bata Masala

To Make Bandhakopir ghonto or Bandhakopir tarkari

  • Heat a pan (on medium heat), add the oil, and let the fumes come out of the oil. Add the potatoes to the oil and fry until golden from all sides.
Frying aloo
Frying Aloo
  • Then add cumin seeds & bay leaves in the same pan. Stir them well and let the aroma of spices come out from the frying.
Tempering oil with whole cumin and bay leaves
  • Next, add the cabbage to the same pan, and mix it well with the fried potatoes. Cover the pan and slow down the heat.
Stir fry bandhakopi Stir fry bandhakopi
  • After every 45 secs interval, stir the cabbage and fried aloo. Then again cover the pan until the cabbage and potatoes get soft.
Aloo diye bandhakopir torkari Aloo diye bandhakopir torkari
  • Then add the masala paste (prepared earlier) to one side of the pan. Also add cumin powder, hing, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt, and sugar. 
Cooking Bengali style Bandhakopi recipe Cooking Bengali style Bandhakopi recipe
  • Add the green peas. Mix all well together. Cover the pan. 
Aloo koraishuti diye Bandhakopir ghonto recipe Aloo koraishuti diye Bandhakopir ghonto recipe
  • Cook it until masalas the raw smell goes off and the masala nicely blends with the cabbage and potatoes. Can add 1/4 cup of hot water if needed.
Bengali style cabbage curry Bengali style cabbage curry
  • Get an almost dry gravy. To make it mushier, mash a few potatoes and mix them with the curry.
Bengali cabbage potato curry Bengali cabbage potato curry
Mashing Aloo
  • Lastly, add ghee and garam masala powder, mix it well, turn off the heat and cover the pan to infuse the aroma of ghee & garam masala into the curry.
Bandhakopir torkari ranna recipe Bandhakopir torkari ranna recipe
Adding ghee & garam masala powder
  • Bandhakopir ghonto or ghee gorom moshla diye bandhakopir niramish tarkari is ready. Serve this dish with rice & dal or niramish khichuri or bhoger khichuri at lunch. And with roti, luchi & porota (paratha) at breakfast or dinner.
Bengali Bandhakopir torkari recipe Bengali Bandhakopir torkari recipe

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