Chapri Ghonto (Summer Vegetables Medley)

Mukulika Sengupta
Mukulika Sengupta|
Last updated on Jan 18th
This is a dish that reminds me of my childhood, of my grandmom's cooking...Chapri ghonto is a dish I strongly associate with my childhood. This dish has no onions, no garlic and no spices and is soothing on the tummy, especially in the hot summer months. Since most summer veggies have a high water content this dish requires no outside help. The veggies cook in their own juice without any kind of spices or masalas overpowering their freshness. The only thing to keep in mind while preparing for the dish is that all the vegetables should be of roughly the same amount and they are to be chopped in equivalent sizes.
  • Prep Time0Minutes
  • Cooking Time40Minutes
  • Serves5people

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 karela
  • 3 parwal
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 brinjal
  • 4 jhinga
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of sugar
  • tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • For the chapri
  • 1 cup chana dal soaked overnight
  • For tempering
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 dry red chillies

Recipe Preparation

  1. Chop the vegetables into equal sizes.
  2. Grind the chana dal with a little water and salt. Heat some oil and then tip the entire chana dal batter into it.
  3. It will look like a pancake. Fry both sides well and then break the pancake into big chunks. Your chapri is ready.
  4. Heat some oil. Add the mustard seeds, bay leaves and dry red chilies. Fry the karela first because it takes the longest to cook.
  5. Then add all the vegetables. Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add some sugar, salt and turmeric.
  6. Cover and cook till done. There is no need to add water as the vegetables will release their own liquid. They stew in their own juices. Before taking it off the flame add some ghee and ginger paste.
My Tip: Don't forget to add that pinch of sugar!