Vegetables


Ingredients :

Large Potatoes : 2 no.

Mangoes : 2   – 3 Enough to give about 300 ml. Juice

Hot Green Chillies like Lavangi or Jalapeno or Habanero : 4 – 5 no.

Ginger : 1 inch cut into Julienne

Black Mustard Seeds : 1 Tsp.

Methi Dana or Fenugreek Seeds : 1/4 Tsp.

Curry Leaves :  4-5 no.

Whole Dried Red Chillies : 3-4 no.

Asafoetida or Hing : 1/4 Tsp.

Whole Wheat Flour : 1 Tbsp.

Salt and Sugar : To Taste

Ghee or Clarified Butter : 1 Tbsp.

Chopped Coriander Leaves : 1 Tbsp.

Method :

Peel and cut the potatoes into cubes or triangle shapes. Peel the mango and remove the pulp and puree it.

Cut the chillies in two pieces lengthwise. Make a paste of whole wheat flour and water.

In a shallow pan add ghee and heat over low heat. Add the potatoes to the ghee and saute till lightly browned. Remove and set aside.

Now add the mustard and fenugreek seeds and let them pop.

Now add the green chillies, ginger, hing, curry leaves and red chillies and saute and then add the potatoes.

Add the mango pulp and enough water to cook the potatoes. Add salt and sugar and cover and cook till the potatoes are cooked but firm.

Now add the flour paste and cook till the gravy thickens.  Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

 

 

 

Ingredients :

Yam (Suran) : 200 Gms.

Potatoes : 3 medium sized

Green Peas : 200 Gms

Green Chillies : 4 or as required, Finely Chopped

Ginger : 1″ grated

lemon Juice : 1/2 Tsp.

Cumin Powder : 1/2 Tsp.

Garam Masala Powder : 1/2 Tsp.

Salt : As required (About 1 1/2 Tsp.)

Sugar : 1/2 Tsp.

Oven Dried Breadcrumbs : 3-4 Tbsp.

Oil : As Required to pan fry the cutlet

Method :

Steam or pressure cook the yam, potatoes and green peas till completely cooked.Remove and cool.  Peel and mash the potatoes with the yam and peas. To these vegetables add the rest of the ingredients.

Keep adding the breadcrumbs till the mashed mixture no longer feels wet or squishy. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Now round the mixture into small balls, flatten and shallow fry on a hot griddle.

Yield : 16 small or 10 medium sized cutlets.

 

 

Ingredients :

Arbi (Colocasia roots) : 250 Gms.

Red Onions : 2 Nos.

Raw Cashews : 50 Gms.

White Poppy Seeds (Khaskhas) : 1 Tbsp.

Cinnamon : 1″ stick

Cloves :  3 Nos.

Green Cardamom : 1 Nos.

Bay Leaf : 1/2 Nos.

Black Cardamom : 1/4 Nos.

Star Anise : 1/4 Nos.

Ginger Garlic Paste : 1 Tbsp.

Ghee : 1 Tbsp.

Haldi Powder : 1/4 Tsp.

Red chilli Powder : 2 Tsp.

Garam Masala Powder : 1 Tsp.

Curd : 1 Cup

Oil for deep frying

Salt : to taste

Method :

Soak the poppy seeds in hot water for 1 hour. Then boil them along with onions and cashews. Make a smooth paste.

Boil the arbi in salted water till 9/10th done and then peel it. Cut it into 1/2″ roundels and deep fry to a golden brown color.

In a pan, add ghee. Add the whole Garam masala to it and saute till it releases their smoky aroma. Now add the onion paste and saute till it is light brown in color and oil starts leaving the sides. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute. Now whisk the curd well and start adding it to the fried onion paste 1 Tbsp. at a time and keep sauteing it till all the curd is used and fat starts leaving the sides. Now add the powdered masalas and saute. Use a little water here to make sure the masalas don’t burn. Add the fried arbi and salt to taste. Add about 1 cup of water and cover and cook the arbi for 5 minutes.

Serve hot with roti or white rice.

Ingredients :

Okra (Bhindi) : 500 Gms.

Garlic : 7 – 8 Cloves

Green Chillies : 4 – 5 (As required)

Lime Juice : 1 -2 Tsp.

Cumin Seeds (Jeera) : 1 Tsp.

Salt : To taste

Toasted Sesame Seeds : 1 – 2 Tsp.

Oil : 2 Tbsp.

 

Method :

Wash the okra with cold water and then pat it dry with kitchen towels. Cut it into roundels about 0.1 inch thick.

Chop the green chillies and garlic into brunoise.

In a saute pan, heat oil. Add the cumin seeds and when the seeds crackle, add the garlic and green chillies.

Saute the garlic for 30 seconds but don’t let it burn. Now add the okra and saute for 2 minutes. Then add the salt and lime juice and saute for a minute more.

Now you can cover the pan and cook the okra, but I like it a little crispy so normally I keep sauteing the okra over low heat till it’s cooked and crispy.

Add the toasted sesame seeds and mix well.

Serve hot.

Variation : You can also cut the okra lengthwise and add potatoes cut into same sized batons. When using potatoes you need to add the potatoes first and then when they are golden brown add the garlic and green chilli and continue as above. The proportion of potatoes to okra will be 50:50.

Ingredients :

Potato : 1 Large

Suran (Elephant foot yam – Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) : 300 Gms.

Red Pumpkin or  Bottle Gourd (Dudhi Bhopla) : 300 Gms.

Raw Banana : 1 no.

Carrot : 1 Large

French Beans : 200 Gms.

Green Peas : 100 Gms.

Drumsticks – Moringa oleifera (Soavagyaacyaa SoMagaa fruit) : 2 Nos.

Freshly Grated Coconut : 1 ½ Cups

Green Chillies : 5-6 Nos.

Cumin Seeds : 1 Tsp.

Curd : 1 Cup

Coconut Oil : 2 Tbsp.

Curry Leaves : 12 Nos.

Method :

Cut the vegetables into 1” inch cubes. Peel and cut the banana into cubes as well.

Cook the Elephant foot yam separately in salted water and when almost done,  discard the water. Cook the rest of the vegetables together in salted water with half the curry leaves. The water should just be enough to cook the vegetables. When the vegetables are 9/10th cooked add the cooked yam to them.

Make a paste of coconut, green chillies and cumin seeds. Then mix with the curd to make a smooth paste.

Add the paste to the vegetables and adjust the salt and the consistency of the gravy. Remove after one boil.

N.B. : There are some who prefer a tadka and some who don’t. I like to heat the oil and add the curry leaves to it and give this tadka to the avial. Some people prefer to add all the curry leaves while cooking the vegetables . When you have added the paste and removed it after one boil, they add the raw coconut oil into the avail and mix well.

Best served with boiled rice.

Brinjals

Ingredients :

Brinjals : 500 Gms.

Fresh Grated Coconut : 200 Gms.

Coriander Seeds : 60 Gms.

Dried Red Chillies : 10-12 nos.

Sliced Onions : 2 nos. large

Green Chillies : 3-4 nos.

Garlic Cloves : 8 nos.

Sesame Seeds : 4 Tbsp.

Turmeric Powder : 1 Tsp.

Tamarind Paste : 100 Gms.

Jaggery : 2 Tbsp.

Curry Leaves : 10-12 nos.

Black Mustard Seeds : 1 Tsp.

Chopped Coriander Leaves : 2-3 Tbsp.

Vegetable or Peanut Oil : As Required

Salt : To Taste

Method :

Cut the brinjals lengthwise almost into quarters; make sure you do not cut off the stem so as to keep the brinjal whole with a cross cut running the entire length.

In a Kadhai add enough oil to fry the brinjals till brown.

For the Bagara Masala Paste :

In 1 Tbsp. oil saute the sliced onions, coriander seeds, red chillies. Add these to the coconut and garlic. Dry roast the sesame seeds and add to the coconut mixture. Also add the turmeric powder and tamarind paste to the coconut. Make a paste of all these ingredients.

In a Tbsp. of oil add slit green chillies and add the paste and saute till the fat leaves the sides. Than add the brinjals, jaggery and salt to taste. Add water as required to get a sauce-like consistency. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes. This masala tends to stick to the bottom of the pan, so make sure that you keep stirring the pot every few minutes. Then add the chopped coriander leaves and remove.

Tadka :

In a small pan add 1 Tsp. oil and when hot add mustard seeds. When they start to crackle add the curry leaves and pour this over the curry. Mix well.

This can be served with Rice or Parathas.

P. S.Vegetable Variation – You can make a tadka of mustard seeds, green chillies and curry leaves. To this add mixed vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, green peas etc. Then add the bagara masala and salt to taste. Cover and cook till the vegetables are done. Then add chopped coriander on top.

Ingredients :

Paneer (cottage Cheese) : 300 Gms.

Cashew nuts : 50 Gms.

Dried Kopra or dessicated coconut : 2 Tbsp.

Onions : 3 medium sized.

Cinnamon : 1″ piece

Cloves : 4 nos.

Black Peppercorns : 4-5 nos.

Green cardamom : 1 crushed

Black Cardamom : 5-8 seeds

Mace (Jaipatri) :1″ piece

Poppy Seeds (Khuskhus) : 1 Tsp.

Green Chillies : 3-4 nos.

Ginger Garlic Paste : 1 Tbsp.

Curd : 100 Gms.

Milk : 100 ml.

Ghee : 1 Tbsp.

Ajwain Seeds (bishop’s Weed / Carom Seeds) : 1/2 Tsp.

Salt : To Taste

Kewra Essence or Rose Water : 1 Tsp (Optional)

Method :

Soak cashew nuts in warm water till soft. Thinly slice 1 1/2 onions and the rest should be finely chopped. Chop the green chillies into small pieces. Cut the paneer into 1/2 inch cubes.

In a small fry pan, saute the sliced onions till brown. Remove and then brown the kopra as well. Also roast the whole spices in a small amount of oil and then make a paste of the kopra, browned onions, spices, green chillies and the soaked cashew nuts. Take care while roasting the whole spices not to burn the poppy seeds.

In a karai or wok add ghee and add the ajwain seeds. When they splutter, add the chopped onions and saute till browned. Then add the ginger garlic paste and saute til brown. Then add the masala paste and saute till fat starts leaving the sides of the pan. Then start adding the curd 1 tsp at a time and keep sauteing till all the curd is used. Then add the milk and the paneer and add water if required. Add salt to taste and let this simmer gently for about 10 minutes. Add the kewra or rose essence and remove from heat.

Serve hot with roti or Jeera Rice.

 

 

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