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Easy way to make Panch rokom Bhaja -1

Panch Rokom Bhaja | Bengali Five Fried Vegetable Platter

Medley of five vegetables fried and given as a side with khichuri
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Appetizers, Vegetarian
Cuisine Bangladeshi, Bengali, Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 large potato
  • 1 medium brinjal
  • 4 nos pointed gourd
  • 2 nos teasel gourd
  • 5 inch pumpkin
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Oil for frying


  • Peel the potato and cut it into thin slices. They shouldn't be as thin as potato chips but a bit thick, about 2 mm thickness. Keep the slices in a bowl of water.
  • Scrape the teasel gourds and cut them into thin slices. Dunk them in water also in a separate bowl and keep them aside.
  • Cut the pumpkin piece into thin rectangular slices. These should be three to four mm thickness. Wash them well and set them aside.
  • Cut the brinjal into slices. Wash well under running water and then rub salt on the brinjal slices and set aside.
  • Finally, scrape the skin of the pointed gourds and then either cut them into half lengthwise. Or you could also cut them into a shape like in the picture.
  • Once all the vegetables have been washed well, drain the excess water from the brinjal and rub 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
  • Rub salt and turmeric powder over the pointed gourd too.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan, enough for shallow frying. If you want, you can deep fry too. Pointed gourd tastes best when deep-fried.
  • One by one, shallow fry the vegetables, keeping them covered over medium to low heat.
  • While frying the vegetables, sprinkle salt to taste for faster cooking too.
  • Once done, portion and serve with khichuri or whatever else you are planning to give them with.
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