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waver Jul 22, 2008 08:42 PM

... not necessarily vegetarian. I had a delicious dish of mixed vegetables in a spicey broth last week - it didn't seem to have a lot of added oil or coconut milk. I'd love to make something similar or any other spiced and light vegetable recipe. Any ideas?

  1. r
    Rasam Jul 24, 2008 07:07 AM

    Did you have this dish at a restaurant or at someone's home? Will the host share the recipe? What were some of the main ingredients?

    Here's a home cooking recipe that is:
    1) simple (fewer ingredients than some recipes mentioned in this thread)
    2) no added coconut milk, cream, etc, and minimum oil.

    Rasedar sabzi (=veggies in a broth or gravy)

    Ingredients:
    3 medium sized potatoes, peeled and coarsely cubed (waxy kinds are good)
    1/2 cup frozen green peas
    3/4 to 1 cup cauliflower florets (cut on the smaller side)
    (you could add some more veggies, e.g. green beans cut into 1 inch pieces; peeled and diced kohl rabi, etc.)

    2 tbsp tomato paste

    1 tbsp veg oil

    spices:
    1 tsp cumin seeds
    1 tbsp coriander powder
    1/8 tsp hing (optional)
    1/8 to 1/4 tsp turmeric
    1/8 to 1/4 red chili powder (cayenne or similar), adjust amount to your taste
    salt to taste

    2 to 3 cups water

    Heat the oil in a heavy pan in a pool in the center, add the hing and cumin to that pool; when the cumin sizzzles quickly add the red chili powder, coriander, and turmeric.

    Quickly stir and fry, and very quickly after that add 2 cups of water and potatoes and salt.

    Stir, and boil till the potatoes are about 3/4 done. Add the other vegetables, tomato paste, stir to mix, and simmer till all veggies are done. If you want, you could add some more water if it's looking too thick, depending on your taste, some like it thicker.

    Taste, and adjust salt and other spices.

    You should have a bowl of mixed vegetables in a very tasty and simple broth. You could garnish with chopped cilantro if you wish. Serve hot with rice or rotis, and other side dishes to complete the meal.

    Do report back and tell what recipe you tried and liked.....

    3 Replies
    1. re: Rasam
      waver Jul 24, 2008 08:25 AM

      Thanks for the great and elaborate responses! I'm going to try several of them over the next while. This one from Rasam is the closest to the one I had in a sort of upscale food court. Indeed a lot of very fresh vegetables, including cauliflower and green beans, "new carrots" and potatoes.

      BTW I notice hing is optional - what is it?

      1. re: waver
        JungMann Jul 24, 2008 08:38 AM

        Hing is known in English as asafoetida. It is found often in Jain areas of India where it is used to mimic the proscribed garlic. You'll find that it's often omitted by South Asians not accustomed to using, like myself.

        1. re: JungMann
          r
          Rasam Jul 24, 2008 09:41 AM

          Hing (asafoetida) is one of the most common and characteristic South Asian spices, used throughout the region (not just in Jain cooking). It's one of the staples of home cooking.

          It's especially used in vegetarian cooking, in simpler dishes when you don't use the heavier spices (onions, garlic, etc.); as in this dish.
          It's often used as a sub for onions/garlic in communities (like Jains among others) who avoid these ingredients.

          Hing does add a special aroma to the dish, but if you are not familiar with it, don't bother. When raw, it has a very strong and funky odour (though nowadays the powders they sell are so diluted that you can barely smell it). People not accustomed to it end up keeping it in the freezer or similar because if improperly stored, the smell can creep out to other items.
          But, when heated/cooked, the raw smell totally transforms to a mild fragrance. If you want to experiment, borrow a pinch from a friend maybe (wrap in foil or plastic wrap to transport).

          I definitely should have mentioned carrots in the list of potential ingredients! And that first sentence should read "... a pool in the center of a heavy pot." The recipe is sort of approximate, but very forgiving, so add a little of this and that at the end to get the taste you like. The starch from the potatoes and the powdered spices work to thicken the broth so it's got just a little body to it; not totally watery.

    2. alkapal Jul 24, 2008 04:43 AM

      roasted eggplant curry -- yummy!
      http://recipes.recipeland.com/recipes...

      1. NYChristopher Jul 23, 2008 11:10 PM

        I loved the BBC show INDIAN FOOD MADE EASY with Anjum Anand. I have made a number of dishes from her, but would point first to this yogurt and eggplant dish.

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/bengalistyleaubergin_86619.shtml

        More ideas from her show here:

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/apps/ifl/food/re...

        1. Antilope Jul 23, 2008 01:17 PM

          Paraphrased recipe from America's Test Kitchen:

          Indian-Style Curry with Sweet Potatoes, Eggplant, Green Beans, and Chickpeas

          From the America's Test Kitchen Episode: Indian Favorites, Simplified

          When made with one chile, this recipe is moderately spicy. For additional heat
          use another 1/2 chile. For milder curry, remove the chile seeds and ribs before
          mincing the chile. Onions can be processed in a food processor. As a substitute for
          Garam masala, use 2 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper,
          1/4 tsp ground cardamom and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon. Serve with Basmati Rice
          Pilaf and side dishes of Yogurt and chutney or relish.

          Serves 4 to 6 as a main course

          2 Tbs curry powder (sweet or mild)
          1-1/2tsp garam masala (see note above)
          1/4 cup vegetable oil
          2 medium onions , chopped fine (about 2 cups)
          12 oz sweet potatoes , peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 2 cups)
          3 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)
          1 Tbs finely grated fresh ginger
          1 to 1-1/2 serrano chiles , ribs, seeds, and flesh minced (see note above)
          1 Tbs tomato paste
          1-1/2 cups green beans , trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
          1 medium eggplant , cut into 1/2-inch pieces
          1 can (14-1/2oz) diced tomatoes , processed in food processor until almost smooth with some 1/4-inch pieces visible
          1-1/4 cups water
          1 (15oz) can chickpeas , drained and rinsed
          Table salt to taste
          1/4 cup heavy cream or coconut milk

          For Condiments: Plain whole-milk yogurt and chutney or relish.

          1. In a small skillet, toast the curry powder and garam masala over medium-high
          heat, stir constantly, until the spices give off fragrance and darken slightly.
          About a minute. Remove toasted spices from hot skillet and set aside.

          2. In a large dutch oven, heat 3 Tbs of oil over medium-high heat until
          oil is shimmering. Add potatoes and onions, cook and stir occasionally,
          about 10 minutes, until sweet potato edges are golden brown and onions are caramelized. (If onions darken too quickly, reduce heat to medium.)

          3. Reduce dutch oven heat to medium. Move onions and potatoes to edge of pan, clearing the center. Add 1 Tbs of oil, garlic, ginger, chile and tomato paste to center. Stir pan ingredients constantly, until fragrant, about half a minute.
          Add toasted spices and cook and stir constantly for about another minute.
          Add eggplant and green beans, stir constantly and cook about two minutes longer,
          until spices coat vegetables.

          4. Add water, chickpeas, tomatoes and 1 tsp of salt. Turn heat to medium-high
          and bring ingredients to a boil. Scrape bottom of pan with a wooden spoon
          to loosen browned bits.
          Cover dutch oven and reduce heat to about medium. Adjust heat to simmer briskly,
          stir occasionally, until vegetables are tender. About 10 to 15 minutes.
          Stir in coconut milk or cream and continue to cook until newly added liquid is heated through. About an additional 2 minutes.
          Add salt to taste and serve at once.

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          1. re: Antilope
            Antilope Jul 23, 2008 02:09 PM

            Paraphrased recipe from America's Test Kitchen:

            Indian-Style Curry with Potatoes, Cauliflower, Peas, and Chickpeas

            from America's Test Kitchen Episode: Indian Favorites, Simplified

            When made with one chile, this recipe is moderately spicy. For additional heat
            use another 1/2 chile. For milder curry, remove the chile seeds and ribs before
            mincing the chile. Onions can be processed in a food processor. As a substitute for
            Garam masala, use 2 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper,
            1/4 tsp ground cardamom and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon. Serve with Basmati Rice
            Pilaf and side dishes of Yogurt and chutney or relish

            Serves 4 to 6 as a main course

            2 Tbs curry powder (sweet or mild)
            1-1/2 tsp garam masala (see note above)
            1/4 cup vegetable oil
            2 medium onions, chopped fine (about 2 cups)
            12 oz Red Bliss potatoes, cleaned and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
            3 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbs)
            1 Tbs finely grated fresh ginger
            1 to 1-1/2 serrano chiles, ribs, seeds, and flesh minced (see note above)
            1 Tbs tomato paste
            1/2 medium head cauliflower, trimmed, cored, and cut into 1-inch florets (about 4
            cups)
            1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, processed in food processor until nearly smooth with some 1/4-inch pieces visible
            1 1/4 cups water
            1 (15 oz) can chickpeas , drained and rinsed
            Table salt to taste
            8 ounces frozen peas (about 1 1/2 cups)
            1/4cup heavy cream or coconut milk

            For Condiments: Plain whole-milk yogurt and chutney or relish

            1. In a small skillet, toast the curry powder and garam masala over medium-high
            heat, stir constantly, until the spices give off fragrance and darken slightly.
            About a minute. Remove toasted spices from hot skillet and set aside.

            2. In a large dutch oven, heat 3 Tbs of oil over medium-high heat until
            oil is shimmering. Add potatoes and onions, cook and stir occasionally,
            about 10 minutes, until potato edges are golden brown and onions are caramelized. (If onions darken too quickly, reduce heat to medium.)

            3. Reduce dutch oven heat to medium. Move onions and potatoes to edge of pan, clearing the center. Add 1 Tbs of oil, garlic, ginger, chile and tomato paste to center. Stir pan ingredients constantly, until fragrant, about half a minute.
            Add toasted spices and cook and stir constantly for about another minute.
            Add cauliflower, stir constantly and cook about two minutes longer,
            until spices coat cauliflower flourets.

            4. Add water, chickpeas and 1 tsp of salt. Turn heat to medium-high
            and bring ingredients to a boil. Scrape bottom of pan with a wooden spoon
            to loosen browned bits.
            Cover dutch oven and reduce heat to about medium. Adjust heat to simmer briskly,
            stir occasionally, until vegetables are tender. About 10 to 15 minutes.
            Stir in peas and coconut milk or cream and continue to cook until newly added liquid is heated through. About an additional 2 minutes.
            Add salt to taste and serve at once.

          2. alkapal Jul 23, 2008 05:33 AM

            waver, there are lots of great threads to help you out.
            http://www.chow.com/recipes/cuisine/Indian

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/379086

            that is on the food media board.

            also, search on the home cooking board. here is a good start: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/495204

            1. todao Jul 22, 2008 08:55 PM

              Here's one with a mere 2 tablespoons of "oil" (in the form of butter) and no coconut milk.
              http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Ea...

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