I was taking baby steps in blogging when I came across this unique concept of sending a secret ingredient through a chain of people,aptly named Arusuvai.It was initiated By Latha Narasimhan of The Yum blog.But sadly,by the time I showed interest in it,Srivalli and Bharathy,the master planners behind Arusuvai,were wrapping up the first edition.I felt sad,but hey not anymore.When Sayantani blogged about reviving the chain from where it ended,I got curious.Now that would be fun.
I got a package from Sayantani some time back and it was the first time I was getting something through mail[which was blog related].I got excited and when I opened it,my excitement doubled as Sayantani had sent,along with the secret ingredient some lovely home-made goodies and some cute knick-knacks as well.The moment I saw the box which had the secret ingredient,I knew it was Panchphoran,but still,I googled and made sure I was right.
I remembered so well because,sometime back I had written down a Bengali Tomato Chutney and backed out only because it required Panchphoran.I know,I know it is very simple to make and assemble this spice mix,but I was too lazy for that.Now that I had this,I can't seem to find the chutney recipe,what an irony!!But no worries,I chose this super-simple Aloo panchphoran which is a medley of vegetables with the unique flavor of panchphoran.
Recipe adapted from Bong-Mom
Potato - 1,cubed
Green peas - 1/4 cup
Panchphoran - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Green chilly - 1,finely chopped
Haldi powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Cook the potatoes and green peas till soft.
In a kadai add oil and splutter the panchphoran for a few seconds,stirring all the while.
Add haldi and green chillies and give a good mix.
Mix in the cooked potato and green peas,add salt to taste.
Cook on simmer for about five minutes or till the vegetables are well coated with the masala.
Serve hot with rice/roti.
My Arusuvai package has gone to Gayathri and Megha,I am anxious to see what they come up with!!