Fulkopir Paturi Or Cauliflower With Poppy Seeds And Mustard

Fulkopir paturi or cauliflower with poppy seeds and mustard.
If you want quick easy and fingerlicking taste of cauliflower then its perfect for you.
This dry curry goes well with steamed rice.

Sending this post to 193 #Foodiemonday bloghop Bengali food fest theme. This week I have suggested the theme. I would love to see what my blogger friends cook and share from Bengali cuisine.

In my knowledge paturi refers to the method of cooking fish and veggies by marinating with mustard and wrapped up in a banana leaf and steamed or sometimes fried. Pata is Bengali word for leaf. Hence the name paturi.
But in a food group when Mili Roy shared the recipe of Adhora Madhuri, its a completely new dish for me. Quite easy recipe because we don’t need banana leaf to make this paturi. I asked Adhora then how it named paturi? She said that, we also call it paturi. So here is a delicious fulkopir paturi without using any leaf.


Cauliflower – 1 medium

Mustard powder – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 2 tablespoon

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Salt to taste

Sugar to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon +1/4 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Slit green chilli – 2 – 3

Dry red chilli – 1, optional

Nigella seeds or kalonji – 1/2 teaspoon


1. Soak the poppy seeds or khas khas in 4 tablespoon hot water for 30 minutes. Grind with green chilli. Make a smooth paste.

2. Mix mustard powder with 3 tablespoon water and keep aside.

3. Rinse and cut the cauliflower in small florets.

4. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Fry cauliflower florets with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder. Fry till the cauliflower becomes light brown. Remove from oil.

5. In the same oil add Nigella seeds or kalaunji and dry red chilli if using. You can add little more oil if require.

6. Let the seeds splutter. Now add fried cauliflower, poppy seeds green chilli paste, soaked mustard powder, salt, sugar and turmeric powder. Mix well.

7. Reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer till cauliflower becomes soft and dried up.

8. Your fulkopir paturi or cauliflower with poppy seeds and mustard is ready. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves if you like.
Serve hot with steamed rice.

1. You can add 1 teaspoon mustard oil at the end for extra zing if you like.
2. Use green chilli according to your taste. You can also use red chilli powder if you want but green chilli tastes better.

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Mexican Rice 

Mexican rice.

I have already shared a Mexican green rice recipe here. Its a different and easy recipe. Perfect one pot meal for a lazy day  😀

This week’s our #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is Mexican cuisine.

Sometimes bloghop challenge take me out of my comfort zone 😀 But it teaches me a lot.
This time I have Googled for it. And loved the recipe video of celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor. I am sharing the link here for you.

Recipe is very easy. Used less spices yet delicious. You can use left over rice too. But there was no carrot and red bell pepper in my pantry. Ingredients never restrict me to make any dish 😀


So I have added a small capsicum for flavour. And I have boiled rajma/kidney beans so I used it. You can omit it and use any vegetables of your choice. If you have carrots and red  bell pepper then use it instead of tomatoes, capsicum and rajma/kidney beans.


I have made it for lunch and used remaining one small bowl for evening snack as a yummy Indian style shallow fried tikki or cutlets.

For the cutlets mash the rice with boiled and mashed 2 potatoes, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, 1 chopped green chilli, handful chopped coriander leaves, 1 teaspoon chaat masala,1/2 teaspoon Black pepper powder and salt to taste. You can use chopped onion too. Mix well. Give shape of your choice and roll the cutlets on rice flour. Coat evenly. Shallow fry with little oil on a nonstick pan.


Rice  – 3 cup boiled
Onion  – 2  large chopped
Garlic  – 6 cloves minced
Capsicum  – 1 small chopped
Tomato  – 2 large chopped
Tomato sauce  – 2 tablespoon
Red chilli sauce  – 1 tablespoon
Oregano or mixed herb  – 1 tablespoon
Red chilli powder  – 1 teaspoon
Cumin powder  – 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Rajma or kidney beans  – 1/2 cup overnight soaked
Frozen peas  – 1/2 cup



Boil the overnight soaked rajma/kidney bean with little salt. Drain and keep aside.If you don’t like it you can omit it.
Heat oil in a nonstick pan. Add the minced garlic, saute and add the onion. If you like more spicy add 1-2 chopped green chilli with it. saut till the onion becomes light brown.
Add chopped capsicum and tomatoes. Saute until the tomatoes becomes mushy. And dried up completely.
Now add rajma/kidney beans, peas, tomato sauce, red chilli sauce, cumin powder, chilli powder and oregano. Saute and add the rice and salt. Mix well.
Toss the rice and serve hot. Garnish with coriander leaves and eggs. I have used sliced hard boiled egg. You can use fried egg too.
For fried egg heat little oil in a nonstick pan. Break an egg carefully over it. Yolk should be intact. Now place the fried egg on the rice. Serve immediately.

Masala Aalu Or Spicy Potato


A no onion garlic recipe.
Spicy delicious masala aalu. Pair it with puri or paratha in breakfast. Or enjoy as a snack. And perfect for travel too.

Very quick and easy recipe. Needs only boiled potatoes and dry spices. Shallow fry and get delicious spicy potatoes.



Potatoes – 4 large boiled, peeled and chopped

Salt to taste

Cumin or jeera powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander or dhania powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric or haldi powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder -1 teaspoon or as much your spice tolerance

Kashmiri red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seed or jeera- 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – 1/2 teaspoon

Amchur or dry mango powder – 2 teaspoon

Ghee/clarified butter – 1 teaspoon optional

Oil – 2 tablespoon


Heat oil in a pan add oil and cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds crackle add hing.

Add potatoes and salt. Fry till the potatoes becomes light brown. Add all the spices saute till the spices fry well.

Add amchur or dry mango powder and ghee/clarified butter . Mix well. And its ready.

Serve with puri or paratha in breakfast. Or enjoy the spicy delicious masala aalu as a snack.