Friday, May 11, 2012
Chettinad Vegetable Curry
Ive been blogging soooo many baking recipes of late and I realised that my blog needs more south Indian recipes.So I decided to publish this post which was in my draft for about 2 months.This recipe is authentic chettinad recipe.It is from Tarla dalal's "Popular Restaurant Gravies"book.This book has all the copycat restaurant gravy recipes.If you like making restaurant-like gravies,go on and buy this book.
First basic chettinad paste should be made.It can be made before hand and can stored in freezer.If doing so.avoid adding coconut and while the subzi is being made add coconut milk at the end.
Ingredients for the paste:
Poppy seeds- 2 TBsp
Cashew nuts - 1 Tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 Tbsp
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Dry red chillies - 2
Cloves - 3
Cardamom - 3
Cinnamon - 2 inch
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Oil - 2tbsp
Method for making the paste:
Combine the poppy seeds and cashew nut and soak in warm water for 10 minutes.drain and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and fennel.
When they crackle add the coriander seeds,red chillies,cardamom,cinnamon,cloves and coconut and mix well and saute in a medium flame till you can smell a nice aroma.Allow it to cool.
Mix with 1/4 cup of water,salt,poppy seeds and cashewnut and grind into a smooth paste.
For the curry:
Chopped and boiled mixed vegetables - 2 cups (a combination of carrots,cauliflower,beans,capsicum)
Onion - 1 chopped
Tomato - 2 chopped
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Oil - 4 tbsp
Milk - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Prepared chettinad paste as required
Heat oil in a pan.When hot,add the onions and saute till translucent.Now add turmeric powder,chilli powder and saute for 1 min.
Now add tomatoes and saute till tomatoes become mushy and oil seperates.
Then add the paste and saute.Now add the vegetables and little bit of water and allow it to boil for 3 minutes in a medium flame.
Finally add milk and salt and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Serve with steamed rice or roti.