Recipe: How to Make Sobjir Vora (Vegetable Patties)

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May 26, 2022 at 2:45:00 PM PDT May 26, 2022 at 2:45:00 PM PDTth, May 26, 2022 at 2:45:00 PM PDT

These vegetable cutlets, or patties, are a common snack across Bangladesh.

Considered a savoury comfort food by many, this popular snack is particularly enjoyed by Jarina Khatun, a member of the Char Borobila community who sent in this recipe!


  • vegetable oil
  • 1⁄2 yellow onion
  • 20 fresh French beans (green beans)
  • 20 stalks of asparagus
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup glutinous white rice flour*
  • 1 tsp salt

    *Don’t be fooled! This rice doesn’t actually have gluten, but is a special variety found in most grocery stores.


1. Prepare the ingredients by cutting the potatoes and carrots into small cubes and slicing the asparagus and French beans into 1 cm pieces. Roughly chop the spinach. Dice the onion and cilantro. In a separate bowl, mix all the spices and set aside.

2. Steam the potatoes, carrots, asparagus, French beans, and spinach until soft but not completely cooked through.

3. Combine steamed vegetables with cilantro, onion, spices, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mixing with a large spoon, add 1⁄2 cup warm water and rice flour until a sticky batter forms that holds the vegetables together.

4. Fill a small pot with oil to a depth of 2 in. Heat oil to 375F (or on medium-high until bubbles form around the end of a dry wooden spoon dipped into the oil).

5. Use a large spoon to add a heaping spoonful of the vegetable batter to the hot oil. Fry each vegetable patty for about 60 seconds on each side, until it becomes reddish brown.

6. Ladle the fried sobjir vora onto a paper towel to soak up excess oil. Serve hot with your favourite creamy or sweet-n-spicy dipping sauce.

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