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Charming Chokha!


One of our earlier posts took us to Bengal as we explored a creative potato dish brought alive by the zing and aroma of Mustard Oil. Today we move westward into the neighbouring state of Bihar where folks are just as creative in their use of Mustard Oil. This is a traditional Bihari dish called Chokha.

First let’s get the ingredients in place:

• Potatoes: 4, medium sized • Onions: 2, finely chopped • Mustard Oil: 1 tablespoon • Red Chilli Powder: half a teaspoon • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves: 2 small bunches, finely chopped • Green Chilli: 2, finely chopped • Salt: to taste


Boil the potatoes (use a pressure cooker to complete this bit quickly) till they become soft; use a fork to check that the potatoes are done. Next, peel the potatoes and mash them in a mixing bowl. Keep aside.


Heat the Mustard Oil in a pan with the flame set on Medium. Add the onions and sauté till the onions take on a golden-brown texture. Next add the green chilies and continue to sauté.

Add the mashed potatoes, red chili powder and salt. Stir thoroughly to ensure that the potato mash mixes well with the onions and spices. Continue cooking for a couple of minutes and then remove from the flame.

Place the mixture in a serving dish and garnish with coriander leaves.

Your delightful dish from Bihar is now ready. Eat it with puris or as a side dish with rice.

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