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Potoler Dorma / Bangladeshi Recipe

Potoler Dorma is a Bengali recipe cooked with potol/parwal and in case of non vegeterian cooking it is stuffed with prawn and in case of non vegeterian cooking several stuffing options are available. Today we are going to make the non vegeterian version with prawn.

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Potoler dorma . Click here to download the recipe

Whenever it’s a special day and I enter the kitchen to prepare something delish and traditional(Bangla/ Bangladeshi recipe) I am reminded of my Grand Ma.  She was such an excellent cook and whenever we visited our native place , she used to surprise us with all delish recipes of her . She used “Shil-Nora” to grind the spices , and cooked in a traditional Firewood Chulha and we used to stare at her that how smoothly she managed everything . I am a fan of her Bangladeshi Recipes in which she used to add some magic of her own ideas and created “Happiness” for us … This is one of her recipes which is still my favorite(her famous Potoler dorma, Bangladeshi Recipe) . I made it the other day when my friend visited my house and I thought of sharing this in the blog.

Generally while making  Potoler dorma (Bangladeshi recipe style) , the pointed gourds are first stuffed and then fried but for making in the traditional Bangladeshi recipe style I find two things cumbersome.

1)      One needs to lock the stuffed gourd with the help of dough

2)      While frying the stuffed gourd the filling tends to come out

So I do the frying of the gourd first and then insert the stuffing inside which makes the process very easy.

Two main ingredients for making this famous Bangladeshi recipe :

Pointed Gourd – 5 (Take big in size)

Prawn  – Small and Medium Mixed 200 gm

Spice Set 1 for making the Prawn Stuffing

Whole Garam Masala – ½ tea spoon

Onions chopped – 2 medium

Garlic Cloves minced – 3

Ginger paste – 1 tea spoon

Cumin Seeds Powder – 1 tea spoon

Coconut Milk Powder – 2 table spoon

Dry Red Chilli – 3

Green Chilli – Optional (Optional)

Turmeric Powder – 1 tea spoon

Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder – 1 tea spoon

Whole Dry Fruits for Stuffing

Kismis – 10- 15 pieces

Cashew nuts  –  5 pieces (Optional)

Spice Set 2 for making the Gravy

Poppy Seeds – 25 gms

Green Chilli – 1

Grind them to paste .

Other spices

Oil to fry and cook

Salt to taste

Now let us get started into making Potoler Dorma:


Clean the shrimps marinate with salt and turmeric for 10 mins.

Peel the outer thin layer of the pointed gourd , cut the pointed sides. The hole on one side should be bigger so that you can scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Now wash them and marinate with salt and turmeric powder. Place a frying pan on flame, add oil to fry . Add the pointed gourds and fry them till done.

Now lets make the stuffing with Spice set 1

Place cooking pan on heat , add oil to it . Add the marinated shrimps. Fry for 5 mins in low flame. Take them out from oil keep aside.

Add 1 tbsp oil to the pan , temper whole garam masala, add the minced garlic and chopped onion. Fry them in medium flame till the raw smell is not there.

Add the salt , turmeric, kashmiri red chilli powder, cumin seeds powder and 2 tbsp water . Now add the fried shrimps. Make the coconut milk with the powder and little normal temperature water . Add it to the shrimps. Balance the salt . If you like it little sweet , you can add a pinch of sugar to it. Keep it juicy . Once done let it cool. The stuffing is ready.

Now take the fried pointed gourd, insert the stuffing in your own style , also put 2-3 kismis , 1 cashew nut inside and lock the hole with bigger shrimp which makes it look cool too.

Making the gravy with Spice Set 2

Grind the Poppy seeds (adding green chilli to it is optional on how hot you want your gravy) into smooth paste . Heat oil , add whole garam masala and dry red chilli to temper. Now add the paste , salt , kashmiri red chilli powder .  In low flame fry until a beautiful aroma comes . Add ¼ cup water , the stuffed gourds . Cover and cook for some time in low flame. The consistence of the gravy depends on your preference . I kept it dry .

Enjoy Potoler dorma (Bangladeshi Recipe from my grand ma) with Hot Steamed Rice . Its Yummy !!

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