Sunday, March 8, 2015

Vegetable Jalfrezi

An easy side dish for rotis and the best way to use those one or two vegetables dangling in your refrigerator. Its packed with nutrition and you can have them without guilt.
They come to your rescue on those days when you hog something to fill your tummy still be healthy! Its nothing fancy but sure is a comfort meal!
Vegetables-3 cups, julienned (Carrots, green beans, green & red capsicum, Babycorn)
Onion-2, sliced
Tomato paste-3 tbsp/Fresh tomato-3, chopped
Ginger & Garlic Paste-1 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Red chili powder-2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder-1 tsp
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Dried Red chilies-2
Oil-1 tbsp
Coriander leaves- to garnish
Salt-as needed
How It Happened:
1. Wash and cut all the vegetables. If you are using fresh tomatoes chop them fine.
2. Heat oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds and dried red chilies and when they start spluttering, add onions.

3. When the onions turn translucent add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and salt and cook until the raw smell goes off.
3. Add the tomato paste and mix well and cook for a minute. Toss in the chopped veggies except capsicum and mix well to coat the tomato sauce on the veggies.
4. Add 2 cups of water, stir in and cook covered in medium flame for 10 minutes or until the veggies are cooked. Now add the capsicum and mix once and cook for 2 minutes.
5. Then remove the lid, and increase the flame to thicken the gravy. Cook for 2 -5 minutes and keep stirring.

6. Simmer the flame add garam masala and kasuri methi and mix well.
7. Switch off the flame, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis/Phulkas.
* Jalfrezi is supposed to be a semi gravy and also the veggies should be little crunchy so adjust water accordingly.
* You can add carom seeds, kalonji or any whole spices while tempering.
* Use any veggies of your preference. Add capsicum a while later after adding other veggies for them to maintain the crunch.
* Tomato paste gives the dark, deep rich red color. But you can use canned tomatoes or tomato puree or fresh tomatoes.
* Aamchur powder can be added for a little zest or a squeeze of lemon would help! But the tanginess from tomato worked just well for us!
* Those photos were a heart break. They didn't do justice but soon will try to update with good pics!

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