Curries Oriya recipes

Vegetable medley from an Oriya kitchen

August 19, 2008
A rather simple questions from your little one like what’s for dinner tonight mama? Makes one’s mind go whirling into the far depths of outer space. This is the simplest of the queries from amongst the tons of expected ones, but the expectation of answers leaves no boundaries and I believe that it is very hard to escape from this echoing question with a satisfying answer to see the little ones face brighten up in anticipation. Same goes for my other half.

There are some vegetables I have had no choice than to drag them to the verge of expiry and one such vegetable is the string beans and sometimes I am kind of lost with what to churn out from these seasonal bounties that would cast a spell on your taste buds and also render a great solution to the echoing question that often gripes us.

Coming from Orissa, mustard paste is the prima Donna in Oriya kitchen but as I remember part of my growing up, my mom seldom used this mustard blend. So mustard based curries were chalked outside of her cooking dairies.

On slowly moving out of my safe cocoon to peruse my career journey, I came across many friends that diligently and religiously cooked these delectable mustard based curries and it was a great respite for me when my curries failed to satisfy the taste buds. Later it was an immense pleasure when I found out that my Mother in law tops these mustard based curries on her cooking chart. On realizing my penchant for them she left no stone unturned to make them extra special and delicious.

Here is a very simple recipe blended with yogurt that imparts a creamy texture to the gravy inspired by my mother in law.


2 cups potatoes cut into chunks

1 cup pumpkin cut into chunks

2 cups string beans cut into pieces

1 medium onion chopped

1 big tomato chopped

½ cup thick yogurt

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

2 teaspoon curry powder

Mustard paste

2 tablespoon black whole mustard

1 teaspoon poppy seeds

3 to 4 garlic cloves

2 to 3 green chilies

(Grind the above to a smooth paste)

1 tablespoon Pancha Putona

Oil for cooking


Heat oil in a pan and add the pancha putona. When they start to crackle, add the chopped onions. Sauté till they are translucent. Add chopped potatoes, cover with a lid and lower the fire till the potatoes are half cooked. Add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, salt, curry powder and add the rest of the vegetables. Sauté for couple of minutes and add the mustard paste.

Stir them on low fire for 4 to 5 minutes and add yogurt and water approx 3/4 cup. Cover and cook them on a low fire for 15 minutes till the vegetables are cooked and gravy is thickened.

Serve hot with steamed rice.

Note – First dry grind the mustard and poppy seeds and then add garlic, chilies and water to make a thick paste.

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  • Reply Sagari August 19, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    curry looks veryyy creamy and rich shibani,yummm

  • Reply Sangeeth August 19, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    highly luring pics…lovely recipe…..

  • Reply Bhawana August 19, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    wow, perfect 🙂

  • Reply delhibelle August 19, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    This looks homely, comforting & delicious.

  • Reply sowmya August 19, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    nice one!!looks so delicious..nice picture..I liked the masala(mustard paste) you add to it..

  • Reply jayasree August 19, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Recipe sounds delicious. Looks yummy too.

  • Reply Pragyan August 20, 2008 at 2:19 am

    my mouth is watering..this base of mustard and poppy is also used in patua aka patra poda..not sure if you are familiar with it. Will post about it soon..yummy! 🙂

  • Reply Uma August 20, 2008 at 2:19 am

    thanks for introducing another authentic oriyan recipe Shibani! The curry looks so delicious and creamy!

  • Reply Sireesha August 20, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Curry looks rich and creamy and sounds awesome…..

  • Reply VEGETABLE PLATTER August 20, 2008 at 2:19 am

    wow that looks really delicious .. a new recipe for me .. shall try it sometime .. pic looks really fabulous

  • Reply Meera August 20, 2008 at 2:19 am

    I loved the picture. Looks perfect.

  • Reply ANJALI J. August 20, 2008 at 2:19 am

    ur recipe looks too delicious.. so rich in texture and color..

  • Reply Hima August 20, 2008 at 2:19 am

    the curry is looking absolutely awesome

  • Reply Vanamala August 20, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Curry looks very nice & good color.

  • Reply notyet100 August 20, 2008 at 6:29 am

    have ued mustard paste fish fry ,..ur medley looks delicious,.nice colour too,..

  • Reply Daziano August 20, 2008 at 6:29 am

    How interesting and nice!!!

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours August 20, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Mustard paste might have increased the flavour in the curry. Awesome pic.

  • Reply Sia August 20, 2008 at 9:21 am

    gorgous pics girl and the nustard paste used in it sounds really good. first i thought it was thai curry and then realised its oriya recipe.

  • Reply maybelle's mom August 21, 2008 at 3:11 am

    very interesting. we have an oriya friend and I have always been interested to learn more about their cuisine.

  • Reply SriLekha August 21, 2008 at 3:11 am

    first time to ur blog! it looks so good and especially the pics of car is too good! do visit my blog while u find time!

  • Reply Madhavi August 21, 2008 at 3:11 am

    Delicious entry, lovely pics too !!!

  • Reply Paru ... August 21, 2008 at 3:11 am

    Looks very yummm

  • Reply Usha August 21, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Looks delicious,I have never tried a mustard based gravy mix,would love to try it….just one question what is a Pancha Putona…..

  • Reply Pearlsofeast August 21, 2008 at 1:55 pm

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  • Reply Pearlsofeast August 21, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Usha, thanks for stopping by,Please refer to my Oriya recipes and I have a picture and description posted.

  • Reply Sanhita August 22, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Hi. First visit to your blog. Nice interesting recipes. Hope you don’t mind I added you to my blogroll. Please feel free to visit my blog.
    Happy Cooking!!

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  • Reply priar's, August 22, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Hmmm…gr8 spread…oriya dish is new to me…thanks for sharing.

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