Feb 122016
Chal Kumro Torkari Bengali Recipe

Chal Kumro Torkari

Chal Kumro Torkari is a light and delectable Bengali dish. Chalkumror niramish torkari is prepared with ash gourd, milk and grated coconut. Bengali ash gourd curry is a wonderfully soft and wholesome dish that’s served as a side with hot rice and dal.

Fresh ash gourd is full of water and is relatively quick to prepare. It tends to absorb the flavours of the food it’s cooked with. It’s something I recently discovered.

Ash gourd, also called winter melon or white gourd is a member of the pumpkin family. Commonly used in Indian and Chinese cuisine, winter gourds with their delicate white flesh are mild and slightly sweet; they are the perfect ingredient for a clean, fresh and restorative dish.

Winter melon is a good for weight loss and works as a gentle diuretic. It’s good for diabetics and hypertensive people.

Bengali Chal Kumro Torkari Recipe details below:

Chal Kumro Torkari
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Chal Kumro is a deliciously light and refreshing dish. An authentic Bengali vegetarian recipe, ash gourd curry with grated coconut is a simple yet tasty dish. Melthingly soft and flavourful ash gourd curry is an amazing dish to serve during summer.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali
Servings: 2
Calories: 83 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Chal Kumro/Ash Gourd – 1 ½ cups
  • Milk – 1/8 cup
  • Paanch phodon – ¼ tsp
  • Dry red chili - 1
  • Salt – ½ tsp tsp
  • Sugar – ½ tsp
  • Grated coconut – ¼ cup
  • Oil – ½ tsp
  • Ghee – ½ tsp
  1. To make chal kumro bhaja, wash and peel the ash gourd. Rinse in water and cut into thin strips. Grate the coconut and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil and ghee in a frying pan. Temper with paanch phodon and red chili.
  3. Add the chalkumro and sauté it.
  4. Season with salt and sugar. Mix well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the lid and mix in the grated coconut.
  6. Stir in milk and boil the chalkumro on low-medium heat untill done.
  7. Remove and serve Chal Kumro Dudh Curry with rice and dal.

If you are looking for more gourd recipes, do try out bottle gourd curry, tindora fry, lau chingri, karela capsicum fry, kakarakaya vepudu and bitter gourd chips.

Ash Gourd Curry With Coconut Step By Step:

Ash Gourd or winter melon melts in your mouth when it’s cooked. It’s soft and velvety and serves as a healthy side dish with any meal. It provides you much needed relief from the summer heat. The simplicity of this winter melon recipe is only exceeded by the remarkable taste.

How to make Bengali Chal Kumro Torkari:

To make Indian ash gourd curry, wash and peel the ash gourd. Chop into thin strips. Grate coconut and set aside.

Chal Kumro slices for ash gourd recipe

Take a pan and heat ½ tsp oil and ½ tsp ghee.

Toss in the paanch phodon and dry red chilli and allow to splutter.

Tadka for Chal Kumro Torkari Recipe

Add the chopped ash gourd and sauté.

Saute chal kumro for ash gourd curry recipe

Sprinkle some salt and sugar. Mix well.

Spices for ash gourd sabzi recipe

Cover with a lid and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove the cover and add 1/4 cup of grated coconut. Combine well.

Add coconut to Bengali ash gourd recipe

Add 1/8 cup of milk and cook till all the milk is absorbed and the Bengali chalkumra curry is dry.

Add milk to Chalkumro tarkari recipe

Transfer the chalkumror torkari into a bowl.

Chalkumror Dudh Curry Recipe

Serve Winter Melon Coconut Curry with steamed rice or rotis.

Chalkumro Torkari Bengali Style Recipe

Chal Kumro Torkari Bengali Recipe | Ash Gourd With Coconut
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Shil is a freelance writer, professional blogger, foodie, health advocate and travel enthusiast.

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