Mix Vegetable Curry


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#downmemorylane Mix Vegetable Curry

For many of us food creates so many memories. Be any celebration, festival or even a small gathering food is always there and a part of our memories. There are so many times that when you cook something or see a dish served to you or even the name, brightens up your face and takes you back in time!! Not sure it happens with everyone but yes, it happens with me very often!! #downmemorylane is the theme for this Foodie Monday Bloghop. The theme was suggested by me as it was my turn to suggest the theme. We fellow bloggers take turns in deciding the theme for the week.


I have so many memories attached with so many dishes that it was hard for me to decide the dish for the theme. Some dishes like the Dahi BhalleChole Masala, Baigan Bharta, Chocolate Pudding, Rajasthani Pyaaz ki Kachori many more are already on the blog so finally decided upon Mix Vegetable Curry.

The Fondest Memories are made around the dinner table!!

From my parent’s side we are a family of big foodies. Any special occasion is celebrated with a special lunch/dinner party.Now they like to dine out also to celebrate. When I was kid New Year Eve dinner was quite  exciting for me and my sister. Many times Papa too helped mom in cooking specially on that day. My dad is also wonderful cook and sometimes loves to cook few of his favorite dishes like special Dal tadka, Egg Bhurji(scrambled eggs in onion tomato masala), mix veg pulao and mix veg.or egg curry. Mom would do all the chopping and initial preparations for the curry(main work for the dish done!!๐Ÿ˜‰) and dad used to make masala and cook the veggies in a special way. Television for many, was the only source of entertainment and we were allowed to watch few of the programs on holidays or special occasions. I and my sis would watch the T.V programs like The World This Week (Yearly round up) and  wait for the special dinner. The menu usually included our favourite Chicken Curry/ Egg Curry, Mix veg/Matar Paneer, Pulao and Naans. Dinner was followed by a small cup of ice-cream or Gajar Halwa and then we all watched the New Year Special program on Doordarshan the only channel for entertainment before the cable T. V invaded the entertainment scene. Such were the days of simple joy and fun.

Mix Vegetable Curry, a gluten-free, cooked in less oil and can be modified to make it suitable for vegans .

This Mix Veg Curry is another one of my favorites from my mom’s recipes and till this date I am not able to get the same taste as it used to be in her dish. Maybe it was the fresh winter  produce like Red Carrots, Peas and Cauliflower or it was the love that made the dish so yummy!!

The recipe for the curry is a simple one. Mix veggies cooked in onion tomato masala but what makes the dish so flavorful is the use of whole spices like cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, bay leaf and cinnamon in it. This is semi-dry kind of dish and can be had as a side with any dal or curries like Dal Makhani, Dal Tadka or as main dish with some cucumber or boondi raita.

Let’s see how We make this healthy, flavorful and gluten-free Mix-Veg Curry!!

Mix Veg. Curry

Mix Veg. Curry, an easy and flavorful and gluten-free curry with seasonal vegetables like carrots, peas and cauliflower cooked in onion tomato and cashew gravy. A semi-dry dish that can be had as a main dish or a side dish with hot chapatis or naans.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Gluten-free, Mix. Veg Curry
Servings: 4
Author: Swati

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Cubed Carrots/Gajar
  • 1 Cup Cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 Cup Peas
  • 1/2 Cup Paneer Cubes/Tofu optional
  • 1 Onion(Medium)
  • 2-3 Tomatoes(pureed)
  • 1-2 tbsp Tomato Sauce optional
  • 5-6 Cashew Nuts
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1" Ginger piece
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder(optional) or use as required
  • 1 tbsp Kitchen King Masala see notes
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Dry Fenugreek Leaves/Kasuri Methi
  • 2 tbsp Mustard Oil/Olive Oil or use any of your choice
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 4-5 Peppercorns
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1-2 Black Cardamom
  • Salt as per taste
  • Fresh Cilantro/Coriander for garnish

Instructions

  • Wash, peel and cube carrots. Wash and cut cauliflower in medium size florets. Soak 4-5 Cashew nuts in warm water. Roughly break the cashews and dry roast the rest in a pan and keep aside to add in curry.
  • In a pan boil water, and a tsp of salt and add the carrots, cauliflower and peas for 5 minutes. 
  • After 5 mins, drain water and keep the veggies aside.
  • Make paste of onion, ginger and garlic and green chilli.
  • Puree tomatoes and cashew nuts.
  • In a kadhai or thick bottomed pan, add oil. When the oil is hot enough, add cumin seeds and the other whole spices.
  •  Once the seeds crackle, add onion paste and saute till light brown.
  • Add pureed tomatoes and cashews and sugar. Cook the masala for 2-3 minutes. Add the coriander powder, red chilli powder and cook till the masala leaves oil. 
  • Add and mix 1/2 cup water, then add the veggies and paneer/tofu cubes and mix nicely coating the veggies in masala. Add 2-3 tbsp of water if required. 
  • Cover and cook the vegetable for 4-5 minutes till the veggies cooked. Take care while cooking the veggies as we need to retain the crunchiness of carrots and cauliflower. 
  • Add crushed dry roasted fenugreek leaves mix and garnish with finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves.
  • Serve hot with rotis/naans/paranthas.

Notes

  • Paneer or tofu is optional, you can skip it in the recipe. Kids love it so I add some along with the veggies.
  • Those on low calorie diets can substitute cashew nuts with a tbsp of melon seeds or add 1-2 tbsp of cream.ย 
  • If you are using tomato paste instead of fresh tomatoes add, 3-4 tsp of it.ย 
  • I make this dish with carrots, peas, cauliflower. You can use any other veggies of your choice like beans, potatoes or broccoli.
  • If using fresh peas boil the peas in hot water for a while or pressure cook. Frozen peas take less time to cook then the fresh peas.ย 
  • If you are using Mustard oil for cooking, heat the oil till it's smoking point and then let it cool a bit then add the whole spices to it. This removes the bitterness of the the oil.

This simple and flavorful curry is perfect for your parties, get-togethers and even lunchboxes. Do make this Mix Vegetable curry, I am sure you will also love the curry as much as we love it. This dish can be used as filling to make Mix Veg.Rolls or wraps or Veg. Tacos(shall update the recipe soon). I made Ajwain Paranthas with Mix Veg. today and packed for Rajeev’s lunch.

Linking the dish to my Foodie Monday group, #182downmemorylane. Do check out what other fellow bloggers have brought to the theme from their memory lanes!!

Also, taking this to Hearth and Soul Link Party

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Author: Swati

Some who believes 'EAT WELL, READ DAILY, TRAVEL OFTEN AND LAUGH KHUL KE'!!! Hi!! Swati here!!! Chef, Chocolatier, food admirer, reader, love to travel, listen to music, Bollywood and shoot nature and food pics!! Welcome to my Foodtrails and join me in my food adventure!!

19 thoughts

  1. You are so right – the fondest of memories are often made around the dining table! ๐Ÿ™‚ And aren’t moms just the best? Their food is made with so much love and care, it is often impossible to replicate the exact taste of their dishes.
    The curry looks and sounds so delicious! I’m surely going to try out this recipe soon.

  2. Wholesome, simple and homely meals is what the heart and body needs Swaty and yes, our childhood memories are filled with meals like these. Looks super delicious. I loved the addition of kitchen king masala here.

  3. I too am a huge believer that dining table / dinner time is the best way to bond and so true, isnt it? I love such dishes made with a cartload of veggies, Swati ! the kasuri methi is such a hit in such semi-dry gravies.. lovely memories that u brought us this week ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I so agree with you about memories and eating together as a family, Swati, as well as with the idea that the love that goes into a dish really can make it taste extra special. Your Mixed Veg Curry looks delicious, and I love how versatile the recipe is. Sharing around! Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope your week is going well.

  5. A delicious looking sabji Swati. A great way to enjoy a medley of vegetables. Memories of family enjoying and preparing meals together are worth cherishing. If I could have participated in this theme, then mine too would have been memories of meals enjoyed with my huge family.

  6. Except for aloo-gobi-matar or aloo-matar, I’m not fond of mixed vegetable curries. I never order them when out at dinner either. There is something about the look of the images in this post, however, that is making me change my mind. Maybe it is the fresh look of paneer and winter vegetables together. And the process- onion and tomato each pureed or made into paste, whole spices and not just some garam masala. Whatever the reason, Im going to make use of the lovely red carrots and other veggies in the fridge and try this mixed vegetable curry, your way. And Im sure Im going to love it and will make it often.

  7. Oh my what a loving recipe!! som many veggies and that masala mix is so inviting. totally a sucker for this recipe, Thanks Swati

  8. Can very much relate with your childhood memories of family gatherings on special occasions with home cooked food Swati. The mix veg looks soulful and I can have it any day with some hot phulka.

  9. Ahaaa !!! this is a must to be prepared during winter time ๐Ÿ™‚ The childhood memories are best to cherish forever as well Swaty…. With some hot phulka I can finish off the plate

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