December 2, 2011

Mixed Vegetable Subzi or Kurma.....

This is a very easy preparation which I usually come up with whenever I have some squash at home like the chayote or lauki or yellow crooked neck.  I prepare this in combination with potatoes or sometimes with more vegetables like carrots, peas and beans.  I usually add some milk in the end but instead used some leftover cream which I had in the fridge.
This cannot typically come under the category of kurma as I am not grinding any coconuts or cashews.  However, since I am using some cream to enrich this dish I would like to think of this as a kurma.

1 chayote squash
1 potato
1 carrot
small handful of frozen peas
2 tbsp cream
1/4 tsp turmeric
salt to taste
1 onion chopped
2 tomatoes blanched and pureed
few sprigs of coriander leaves
2 green chili( instead used some chopped green bell peppers about 2 tblsp)
small piece ginger
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp paprika powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
2-3 pinches of kasoori methi

Peel and cube the first three vegetables and steam cook it along with peas adding some salt and turmeric.  Take a table spoon of oil, splutter the cumin seeds and saute the onions for 2-3 minutes.  Make a puree of the tomatoes with coriander leaves, ginger, garlic and green chilies and add it to the onions.  Now add all the powders at once and cook the tomato paste until it begins to leave out oil on the sides.  Add the steamed vegetables to it and more salt and chili powder if needed and bring it to a boil.  Add the cream and cook further for five minutes on medium heat stirring in between.

Add the kasoori methi in the end and turn off the heat!!

On the other hand, this can be done directly in the pressure cooker.  Follow all the steps from the seasoning to the point where the tomatoes are sauteed.  Add the cut vegetables with just enough water and pressure cook for one whistle taking care not to overcook the vegetables.  Release the lid and add cream or  milk in the end and bring it to a boil again.

You can use any vegetable of your choice for this dish like baby corns, cauliflower etc.,.

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