Vegetable shopping is reserved for weekends at my place and I had to be patient. This recipe is a variation of my mother's; she makes it a full-fledged gravy curry with coconut as a base, while I like it without the gravy, or rather semi-dry, if I can call it that. In my version, I also omit the coconut.
To make the Arabi Sabji seen in the picture, you will need:
Arabi - washed (better scrubbed with a vegetable scrub brush) - 1/2 kg
Buttermilk - 1/4 cup (Not the very thin buttermilk got after adding water; just blend 2-3 tbsp of fresh curd with less amount of water for 3-5 minutes and separate cream on top, if any)
Green chilly - sliced - 1
Ginger-Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 strands
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Jeera/ Cumin seeds powder - 1/2 tsp
Methi/ Fenugreek seeds powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper - 1/4-1/2 tsp (per taste)
Coconut - grated - 1/2 cup (optional)
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Method Without Coconut:
- Steam the washed arabi in a steamer (or along with rice, if using rice cooker) until knife-tender (I always use a knife for this purpose!) and leave to cool and dry
- Peel the skin, and cut into slightly thick circles, and mix the pieces in the buttermilk with salt
- Heat oil in a pan and temper mustard seeds, toss in the curry leaves, green chilly, ginger-garlic paste, and turmeric, jeera, methi powders
- Roast the powders on low flame for a minute, and add the vegetable in buttermilk
- Keep stirring on low flame until semi-wet/ dry, without separating
- Sprinkle the pepper on top and leave on hot stove until serving time
Method With coconut:
- Grind the grated coconut along with turmeric, jeera, methi powders
- After tempering mustard seeds in oil, and adding curry leaves, green chilly, ginger-garlic paste, add the coconut paste and stir well
- Add the steamed, peeled, and cut vegetable into the paste, mix well and leave covered for 3-5 minutes
- Finally, add the buttermilk (if you wish to have more gravy curry, use 1/2 cup buttermilk), and stir until slight boil on low flame, without the buttermilk separating
- You can add pepper at the end to the curry
Serve with rice, chapathi
Wait, there's more! I have been tagged twice in the same week.
Before I get to the Qs and answer them, the rules for this tag are as follows:"At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 or 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read my blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answers."
1.What was I doing ten years ago?
A. Studying in college as a second year engineering student!
2. Five things on Today's "To do" list
A. Decide what to make for breakfast tomorrow, Organise daughter's room and cupboard (again!), Call a friend, Read the recent copy of Outlook, and Publish this post!
3.I am addicted to :
A. Rice, I can't sleep without eating a little rice at night!; Checking my email, orkut, and this blog atleast twice a day
4.Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
A. Travel the world, buy books and read, and put rest of the money in a bank
5. Places I have lived:
A. Kannur, Muscat, Trivandrum (if stay in hostel for 3 months is living!), Hyderabad, Mumbai
I would like to pass on this tag to Bharti, Illatharasi, Purva, Valarmathi, and Vegetable Platter.