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Dry vegetables are a category of vegetarian recipes prepared without curries. They are a great accompaniment to the lentils and the curry preparations.
Dry vegetables are usually made in oil with different spices and herbes without adding water. The basic nature of some vegetables determines the selection of spices, for example, arbi (taro root) is made in carom seeds (ajwain) as it helps in digesting arbi. Pumpkin is made in fenugreek seeds (methi dana) to increase the flavor.
Green vegetables are a good source of vitamins, fibers, amino acids, and minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Potassium, Zinc etc. Whereas some people drive miles to get fresh, organic green vegetables regularly, others don't know what to do with them :-).. Well, we can make many delicacies from these veggies. From soup to salad, dry vegetables, curries, breads, rice delicacies, and even desserts - plenty of dishes can be made from greens........Greens are really good for our health and we must include them in our diet on daily basis.
If you enjoy gardening, and have some open space with plenty of sunlight, you can grow many green veggies in your garden. Fenugreek, coriander, mint, beans, karela (bitter gourd), squash, cucumber, chilies/peppers all can be easily grown in a home garden........
Lauki Posto (bottle gourd cooked with poppy seeds) is an absolute delight for green vegetable lovers. Lauki, also known as doodhi, squash, gourd or bottle gourd contains 90% water and considered as an easy to digest and healthy vegetable. The credit for this recipe goes to my friend Shalini and her husband Alok. I am extremely thankful to them for not only sharing the recipe but also feeding me this delicious dish. There is a sweet story behind this recipe.... Read More..
|Aloo Posto-Aloo Posto (potatoes cooked in poppy seeds paste) is a very popular Bengali vegetarian dish. This has come to you via Amrita, a Bengali friend of mine. I am extremely thankful to Amrita who invited me over for lunch and taught me in detail to cook Aloo Posto. All the pictures were taken at Amrita’s kitchen. Amrita made the dish absolute..|
|Masala Kundru- Kundroo or Kundru is a tropical vegetable, grows in abundance in India. Kundroo is also known as tindora, little gourd, and its botanical name is Coccinia grandis. Kundru is rich in beta-Carotene. Read more about Kundru in Wikipedia. In America, kundru can be easily found in Indian/Asian store. Kundru is used in soups, vegetable preparations, letils etc. Here we are making a very simple...|
|Masala Bhindi- Bhindi is also known as okra or lady-fingers. Bhindi is a good source of vitamin A, C, K, and B6. They are also rich in calcium, magnesium and dietary fibers. There are so many delicacies you can make with bhindi. Bhindi is easily available around the world. Outside India, you can find bhindi in Indian stores/ Asian stores, and also in super market. You can also grow bhindi in your kitchen garden. Here we are making ....|
|Kale Subji- Kale is one of the healthiest green leafy vegetables. It is also often called as super-food. Kale is very rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K1, and fiber. It also has a lot of essential minerals. Kale belongs to the family Brassicaceae (old name Cruciferae). Some other common vegetables of this family are mustard, radish etc. ....|
|Garden Vegetable Medley - Vegetable medley is a delicious, nutritious, colorful, and crisp stir fry dish. The selection of vegetables can be done on the basis of taste and availability. I have used a lot of home grown veggies like broccoli with bell pepper, carrots, corn kernels etc. Spice level can also vary as per taste. This delicious medley can be served as a side dish with Dal Chawal or it can also be|
|Masala Gobhi –Gobhi (cauliflower) is in abundance in the market at this time. Gobhi aloo, Gobhi Manchurian, Gobhi ke parathae (cauliflower stuffed Indian bread) are made on a regular basis in winters. Let’s make a delicious Gobhi dish in thick curry. To make this dish healthy, I have cut the amount of oil but you can always make changes (such as deep frying Gobhi before adding it to curry).....|
|Dry Mix Veg- There are so many different ways to make Mix Vegetables. One can make dry mix veg, mix veg in curry, mix veg breads, or mix veg pulav, stir fry etc.....The list is long!!! Here I am sharing a delicious Dry Mix vegetable recipe which is very popular in North India. You can find this dish easily in the menu of most Indian restaurat. Let's make everyone's favorite and delicious dry mix veg restaurant style.|
|Gawar Mangaudi Ki Sabji-Guar/ Gawar or cluster beans are annual legumes. These beans are from the Fabaceae family like green/French beans, and peas. Gawar is rich in dietary fibers, vitamin A, C, and K, and is also considered a medicinal plant. It is mainly grown in India but it can easily be found in the Indian grocery stores in Western world. There is a variety of dishes made with Gawar......|
|Gajar Methi Ki Sabji- Methi (fenugreek) leaves are mildly bitter in taste but have significant medicinal values. Carrots (gajar) are rich in Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. Gajar and Methi ki sabji (cooked carrot and methi) is a very easy to make veggie preparation that tastes awesome and is highly nutritious. This light and healthy vegetable preparation goes very well with roti and plain paratha....|
|Sem Matar Aloo- Sem (or Surti papdi/ Valor papdi) is also known as Lima beans in English. These annual beans are from the Fabaceae family (similar to green/French beans and peas). Sem is rich in dietary fibers, vitamin A, C and K . It is also considered as a medicinal plant. There is a variety of dishes made with Sem. Here I am presenting a very .....|
|Sweet And Sour Karela - In English karela is known as bitter gourd/ bitter melon/ bitter squash. Karela is one of the most bitter vegetables, yet it is very popular in India because of its medicinal values. If you live outside India, Karela can be easily found in Asian stores and sometimes in regular supermarkets too...Throughout India different delicacies are made out of this vegetable..|
|Stuffed Bell Pepper (भरवाँ शिमला मिर्च)-There are so many ways to make stuffed bell peppers. When we were kids my mother used to make stuffed bell pepper with potato filling. A South Indian friend of mine makes stuffed bell pepper in peanuts and sesame curry. This stuffed bell pepper's recipe has been adapted from cookery expert Neeta Mehta's recipe with some variations. Try it out and please ……|
|Sizzling Vegetables-Sizzlers are very popular and usually served sizzling hot and smoking in restaurants. Many of our readers have been asking about the ideas to make sizzlers at home. In order to make sizzler at home you need a cast iron pan with a wooden base (This is also known as Mexican Fajita set). These come in different sizes and shapes. Please check with your local stores for detail. .|
|Matar Mushroom-There is a wide range of edible mushrooms which grow in soil. We have used the most commonly found mushroom called as white or button mushroom. These days mushrooms are very commonly used in Indian cooking and are easily available in regular vegetable markets. I remember when I was a child, mushrooms used to come in tin packs only. This recipe is for a spicy treat...|
|Baingan Aloo-Baigan is also known as Aubergine, Egg plant, or Brinjal. This is a very simple yet delicious preparation of eggplant with tomatoes and potatoes. Baingan aloo taste so good with plain paratha. This is my mother's recipe and we all just love it..... Try it out......|
|Stuffed Eggplant(Bharvan Baingan)-Baingan is the Hindi word for brinjal. In western world brinjal is more commonly known as eggplant or aubergine. There are many different recipes for stuffed eggplant - baghare baingan (Hyderabad), Achari baingan (Awadh), Baingan ki kalaunji, etc... Stuffed vegetable preparations are considered exotic and are often made for parties and celebrations. ....|
|Gawar/ Cluster bean -Guar/ Gawar or cluster beans are annual legumes. These beans are from the Fabaceae family like green/French beans, and peas. Gawar is rich in dietary fibers, vitamin A, C and K . It is also considered a medicinal plant. Gawar is mainly grown in India but it can easily be found in the Indian grocery stores in Western world ...|
|Parwal Aloo-Parwal/ Parval is sometimes called as pointed gourd in English. It is a green vegetable from Cucurbitaceae family like cucumber. Parwal is a climber(vine) plant. It is a good source of Vitamin A and C, and is also rich in minerals like, Mg, Pt, Cl, and sulphates. There is a variety of dishes made with parwal. Here we are making a dry vegetable ...|
|Stuffed Okra/Bharvan Bhindi -Bhindi is also known as Okra or lady-fingers. Okras are good source of vitamin A, C, K, and B6. They are also rich in calcium, magnesium and dietary fibers. This is a yummy preparation for stuffed Bhindi/ Okra. Stuffed vegetable preparations are considered as exotic and often made for parties....|
|Mughlai Mirch-These royal peppers are so yummy. The rich filling of potatoes and paneer makes this dish special and even kids like to try it. I have used home grown sweet peppers for this dish but if you do not find this particular variety use small bell pepper (capscium/ shimla mirch). Try it out and do not forget to share your thoughts……|
|Patta Gobhi Gujarati Style-Patta gobhi is the hindi name for cabbage. Cabbage is a good source of Vitamin K and C, and dietary fibers. It has a very important place in Indian cooking and is used in different preparations. This recipe is for the Gujarati style of making cabbage. This is a quick, healthy preparation, with very...|
|Karela/ Bitter Gourd Thoran-Thoran is a special Keralite dry dish made from vegetables like cabbage, raw jackfruit, peas, bitter gourd etc. with grated coconuts. Thoran is a Malayali word. In North India these preparations are also known as Fugat. The very first time I came across the word "Fugat" was while exploring a cookbook .|
Matar Ki Ghugni –This is a green peas preparation. Matar ki ghugni is my mother’s recipe. She used to make it very often in winters when bazaars are filled with green peapods. Ginger is a key ingredient for this recipe as it helps in digestion. Try out this delicious delicacy from UP in the winter season.…
|Shimla Mirch Aloo - Shimla Mirch or Bell pepper or sweet pepper is commonly known as capsicum in India. The botanical name of bell pepper is Capsicum annuum. Bell pepper is rich in vitamins, minerals, dietary fibres and also in beta carotene. There are a lot of health benefits of eating bell peppers. This is an easy to follow recipe for bell pepper and potato sabji………|
|Aloo Matar - Aloo matar –This is a dry vegetable preparation of potatoes and green peas. In winter usually the markets are flooded with new baby potatoes and green peas are also in abundance. Green peas are rich in protein and also a good source of iron, thiamin and fibers. This is a simple and easy to follow recipe for Aloo matar……|
|Khatta Meetha Kaddu - Sweet and Sour Pumpkin is a yummy preparation from North India. Since Indian pumpkin (kaddu) is hard to find in western market, the other options to make this preparations are acorn squash, or Zucchini/Courgette which are easily available all over the world. I have used a variety of squash ........|
|Gobhi Aloo/गोभी आलू -Cauliflower is called as Gobhi in Hindi and potato is called as aloo. This is a very famous dish all over the world. Aloo gobhi is a landmark in Indian in cooking; as in ‘Bend it like Beckham’ , the mother demands her daughter to learn to make Aloo Gobhi. This is a delicious preparation and can be served with any of the Indian breads.|
|Lauki Ki Sabji -Lauki , squash or bottle gourd is a very healthy vegetable. This is one of the lightest vegetable and good for stomach. This is a simple and easy preparation for semi dry veg(lauki )...
|Patta Gobhi ki Sabji -Patta gobhi is a hindi name for cabbage. Cabbage is a good source of Vitamin K, C and dietary fibers . Cabbage has a very important place in Indian cooking and used in different preparations. This is a very traditional way to make Cabbage vegetable with potatoes from North India.
|Bhindi do Pyaja -Bhindi is also called as okra or lady fingers. As the name show, bhindi do pyaja has lot of oinon in it along with gram flour. Okra' s are good source of vitamin A, C ,K, and B6. They are also rich in calcium, magnesium and dietary fibers.
||Jeera Aloo-Aloo (potato) does not have any crown still it is considered as king of all the vegetables. Jeera aloo/ Masala aloo / Sookhe aloo etc are some of the names for one of the simplest and most popular dry potato preparation in Northern India. Jeera aloo is made with yellow dal and plain rice and roti in many of North Indian families on day to day basis. This is my family’s comfort food.|
|Karela Bhajji -In English karela is called as bitter gourd. Karela is one of the most bitter vegetables, yet it is very popular in India because of its medicinal values. Throughout India different delicacies are made out of this vegetable.|
|Bharvan Karele-Bharvan means stuffed. This is a very delicious stuffed preparation of bitter gourd. Bharvan karele/ stuffed bitter gourds are a North Indian speciality. Bharvan (stuffed) Karale can be kept outside the refrigerator for a week .|
|Masala Arbi -Arbi is also known as arabi, toro, or colocasia. It is a summer vegetable and resembles a small potato. I use ajwain (carom) seeds for the preparation of arbi as it hepls in digestion of this vegetable. This is a very delicious preparation and goes with roti or paratha.|
|Soya Methi Aloo- Methi (fenugreek) leaves are mildly bitter in taste, , have significant medicinal values. Soya (Dill) leaves are mild in taste and are an aromatic leaves. Both these are also known as good digestive herbs. The vegetable made with the combination of two herbs and the king of vegetables (potato/aloo), is not only delicious but ..|
|Baigan Bharta -Baigan is also known as Aubergine, Egg plant, or Brinjal , and bharta means something mashed.. So basically it is a roasted and mashed egg plant delicacy from Punjjab province in North India.|