Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tava Vegetables

I am posting this on behalf of my better half whose culinary expertise is quite famous among all his friends. This vegetarians dish that he churns out for them is always the talk of every party or get together that we have ever had.

So here goes his own words.. The famous Tava Vegetables..

I have made this recipe over a period of time and did lot of experiment on the way and finally its here. Finding it difficult to name, because reaction to food resides as much in our heads as in our mouths, if we believe a food is going to be delicious, we're more likely to enjoy eating it. That's why simply making the name of a food more descriptive or tantalizing can lead us to believe it is tastier and it happens. But believe me whatever name I choose for the “crispy”, “spicy”, “luscious”, “tangy”, “Bitter”, “Piquant”, just ambrosial, it’s the tastiest of all to fulfill all your gustatory organs and ya the “tender”, “slimy”( bit ;-) ) texture is absolutely crucial in any gustatory experience

So here it goes:

  • Red Bell Pepper (Big size) – 1 – Cut lengthwise

  • Green Bell Pepper (Big size) – 1 – Cut lengthwise

  • Yellow Bell Pepper (Big size) – 1 – Cut lengthwise

  • Brinjal (small) – 5 – cut into roundels

  • Baby Potato - 250 gms – peeled

  • Cherry Tomato – 250gms – whole, poked with fork

  • Beans - 100gms – cut into 3" lengthwise

  • Ladies fingure(Okra) – 200gms - cut into 3" lengthwise

  • Baby corn – 6-7 Pcs - cut into 3" lengthwise

  • Bitter Gourd – 4 Pcs – Boil in salt water and cut into 2 pcs

  • Sambar Onion - 200gms – peeled

  • Green chillies – 3-4 big size

  • Oil - 4 tbsp

  • Salt - to taste

  • Method 1:

    Fry all the above vegetable in oil in a wok one by one and keep it aside


    Method 2:

    Spray oil and add salt in all vegetable and bake in an oven on medium to high till the veggies turn crispy brown. You may need to toss them a couple of times in between.

    For the Masala:

  • Onions – 3 medium size – finely chopped

  • Ginger – 1 inch – ground

  • Garlic – 10 pcs - ground

  • Cumin seed – 2 tsp

  • Pav bhajji masala – 4 tbsp

  • Tava Veg Fry Masala (MDH) - 2 tsp

  • Garam masala – ½ tsp

  • Butter - 2tbsp (Optional)

  • Method:
  • Put oil in a wok and add cumin seeds once they sputter add the chopped onions and ginger garlic paste and fry till light brown.

  • Now ensure the flame is on a simmer and add all (except the green chillies) the fried or baked veggies, mix it carefully ensuring that the veggies are intact and are not mushy.

  • Add salt, pav bhaji masala and incorporate into the veggies carefully

  • Add tava veg fry masala, garam masala, butter, and put it in on slow flame for 20-25 mins stirring once in a while.

  • Garnish with corriander and fried green chillies.

  • Tasty Tips:

    If you fry the veggies in the masala on a slow flame carefully for a long time the masala will get incorporated well into the veggies making it more tastier.

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