Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Bengali Winter Vegetable Medley

Chilly winter is in season now almost allover the world (not in my place, though..we're enjoying cool poolbath). So my today's post is on winter vegetables. Beets, carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, Spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, fresh green peas are some of the vegetables available during Winter in India. Like, Roots and tubers, often considered as mere carbohydrate filters, are also vitamin-rich. One medium-sized potato can supply up to a third or more of the body's daily requirement of vitamin C, as well as some of the B vitamins. Sweet potatoes are similarly nourishing, and provide the body with vitamin A. Carrots are another source of vitamin A. Green leaves - whether from cabbage or such leaf vegetables as spinach - are rich sources of vitamins A and C. Vitamin A is essential for eyes and skin, while vitamin C is necessary to maintain a healthy connective tissue, Calcium, very important for the bone structure of growing children, and iron, necessary for healthy blood, are also provided by these plants. Other green vegetables, such as broccoli, peas and kale, also include some of the B vitamins, a large group needed by the body to extract energy from carbohydrates. The nutrients that vegetables contain are invaluable, so have your 5 a day.
I'm posting a Bengali Winter Vegetables Medley today....very easy and simpliest recipe without much spices, but absolutely delicious..in this recipe you'll see the simplicity of Bengali Cuisine.

Beet root : 1
Carrots : 1 or 2
Cauliflower : few florets
Potato : 1 or 2
Green Peas : 1/3 cup
Dry red chilli : 1 (break into 2)
black cumin seeds/kala jeera/kalonji : 1 tsp.
Turmeric powder : 2 tsp.
Red chilli powder : 2 tsp.
Salt to taste
Sugar : 1 tsp.
Oil : 2-3 tblsp.
Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing(only available during winter in India)

Method :
  • Cut carrot, beet and potato in medium cube like pieces. Cut each cauliflower florets into 2 or 4 pieces. 
  • In a pressure cooker, cook beet, carrot and potato until tender for 1 or 2 whistle.
  • In a pan, heat 2 tblsp. oil, fry cauliflower florets a little until light brown and keep aside. In the same oil (add oil if needed), temper with dry red chillies and black cumin seeds. Wait for a while, when chillies change colour and seeds crackle, add boiled vegetables, fried cauliflower and green peas. Add salt, turmeric and chilli powder. Add a little water and mix spices well with the vegetables. Add sugar and stir fry together for 2-3 minutes in medium flame. 
  • Remove from heat and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

    This medley is going to take part in  
    Monthly Mingle: Winter Fruits and Vegetables , hosted by Sudeshna of Cook Like A Bong and event is masterminded by Meeta of What's for lunch, Honey?


    Priya Suresh said...

    Delicious vegetable medley dear, simple yet fantastic and eyecatching dish..

    Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

    Awesome and would like to have it now

    Soma Pradhan said...

    Nice medley. i always love veggies..

    Pari Vasisht said...

    I would love to sample this dish it looks so appetising.

    Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

    very nice dish... simple and so flavorful.

    Tina said...

    Colourful and yummyyyyyyy.....

    Indrani said...

    Thank you all...try this out, it's really simple to put together

    Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

    Indrani - in reply to your comment on Dahi Bhindi, the second round of curry leaves is for the color. The 1st batch adds the flavor and the 2nd adds the color...

    Unknown said...

    so delicious and so good..

    Rachel said...

    love the name...

    Parita said...

    Bengali veggie medley looks awesome! I am back to Pune now :-)

    Sayantani said...

    Indrani, I have am award waiting for you at my place. Please collect it.

    Kanchan said...

    New Mix veggie, simple yet delicious !

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