Panch Mishali Torkari (Medley of Five Vegetables)

What is bright yellow, simple and delicious? A Bengali Torkari of course. Torkari is a dry curry and Panch (Five) Mishali (Mix) is a medley of five vegetables. Almost any vegetable can be used in this mixed vegetable recipe which makes it pretty versatile. The special flavor is of course the ‘Panch Phoron’ – equal quantities of cumin seeds, nigella seeds, fennel seeds, black mustard seeds and a pinch of fenugreek seeds. Radhuni (celery seeds) can also be used in place of black mustard seeds and if using radhuni use very sparingly like fenugreek as a little goes a very long way with these two spices. The recipe is simple but flavorful and goes well with rice and plain dal @sarchakra

PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 20 mins



  • Cauliflower 2 cups, cut into small florets
  • Potato 1 cup, cubed
  • Squash 1 cup, cubed
  • Eggplant 2 cups, chopped small
  • Carrots 1 cup, cut into small pieces
  • Mustard oil
  • Salt
  • Turmeric 1 tbsp
  • Sugar 1 tbsp
  • Panch Phoron 2 tsp
  • Asafetida 1 tsp
  • Dry red chilies 2-3
  • Flour 1 tbsp
  • Ghee 1 tbsp


  • Heat mustard oil. Temper with Panch Phoron, asafetida and dry red chilies. Let it splutter.
  • Add in the chopped vegetables. Add salt and turmeric. Sauté for a couple of minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of water. Cover and cook on a low heat till the vegetables are done.
  • When the vegetables are done, open the lid. Add flour, ghee and sugar. Turn the heat up.
  • Cook and stir till all the liquid is soaked up and the Torkari reaches its desired consistency ‘makha makha’- not too dry or liquid.
The vegetables
Temper the whole spices
Add the vegetables and spice powders
Add water and cook
Add flour, sugar and ghee
Panch Mishali Torkari is ready
Panch Mishali Torkari

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