Fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
Nigella seeds (kalonji/kalo jeera)
Mustard seeds (rai/shorshe) or Wild Celery Seeds (radhuni)
Fennel seeds (sauf/mouri)
Cumin seeds (jeera)
Adding onions in this dish is optional because many people feel that adding onions makes the dish a bit sweet.
Ridge Gourd/Jhinga: 2
Potato: 1 (diced)
Onion 1 medium (chopped) optional
Posto/khus khus: 3tbsp
Green Chilli: 2
Panch Phoron: 2tsp
Turmeric Powder: a pinch
1. Grind the posto in the mixer for a bit, till the seeds break a little. Then add a little bit of water and the green chillies and grind to a smooth paste.
2. In hot oil, saute the potatoes and then keep aside.
3. In the same oil (add more if needed), add the panch phoron. When it starts popping and crackling, add the onion. Add salt and a pinch of turmeric powder.
4. Saute this till the onion looses its colour. Add the potatoes and cook for a while.
5. When the potatoes are half done, add the jhinga. The jhinga cooks faster than the potatoes, which is why it is added after the potatoes are half cooked. Cover and cook. Add water if required.
6. When the vegetable is cooked, add a little water and bring to a boil. I prefer this dish dry, but it can have some gravy if needed.
7. Add the posto paste and cook for around 3-5 mins. The posto paste should not be cooked for a long time as it can turn bitter ruining the whole dish.
8. Serve hot with rice.