Spinach and Vegetable Mish Mash/Palong Shak er Ghonto

‘Ghonto’ is a mishmash of any leafy green with veggies. In this, Pumpkin, Eggplant, and Potatoes used as primary veggies along with the greens, radish often added whenever in season. Known as a versatile leafy vegetable Spinach which is rich in iron and vitamins cooked here in a healthy way to retain most of its benefits. Lentil dumplings (Bori) adds a beautiful crunch to this Paanchphoron flavoured dish. Easy to cook, Palong Shak er Ghonto usually served with steamed rice and dal right after having the bitter side dish in a typical Bengali lunch spread.

Spinach and Vegetable Mish Mash/Palong Shaak er Ghonto
Spinach and Vegetable Mish Mash/Palong Shak er Ghonto

Spinach and Vegetable Mish Mash/Palong Shak er Ghonto

Serves: 4


  • Spinach/Palong Shak- 300g
  • Eggplant- 1 (small)
  • Potato- 1 (large)
  • Pumpkin- 175g
  • Ginger paste- 1 tsp
  • Green chillies- 2 (cut into halves)
  • Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Mustard oil/Vegetable oil
  • Paanchphoron/Bengali five spices- ½ tsp
  • Whole dry red chilli- 1
  • Dried Lentil Dumplings/Bori – 7-8


Roughly chop the spinach and put them in a colander, wash well under running water, keep aside to drain.

Cut eggplant, potatoes, and pumpkin into cubes. Wash and keep aside.

Heat 4 tbsp oil in a deep frying pan and sauté the lentil dumplings on low heat until brown. Remove and keep aside.

Now heat 1 tbsp oil again, temper with dry red chilli and paanchphoron. Once it splutters add ginger paste and sauté quickly for a few seconds. Next to add all the veggies except spinach. Add in ½ tsp of turmeric powder, green chillies, and salt. Mix well, cover and cook on medium heat for 5-6 minutes, stir in between. Now add the spinach, mix, and cook, covered on low heat until everything become tender. Check salt, remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl. Garnish with crushed lentil dumplings.

Serve hot with steamed rice.



  1. It is such simple and a delicious recipe! I use paanch phoron in many of my dishes now as my daughter loves the smell of it! The best is in the dal!

    • Hi Jayasri, Glad to hear that you liked the recipe, hope you’ll try it someday. Paanchphoron is a versatile spice, can be used in so many ways and yes, it adds great flavour to dal. 🙂


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