Mixed Vegetable Curry ( Sabzi Bhaji )


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Seems most everyone likes potatoes and if you enjoy your vegetables spicy, this is the dish to try, especially if it's so very cold outside, as it is here in London this week. Easy to prepare, very warming, and a delightful accompaniment to serve with any Indian flatbread or savory bread. Feel free to adjust the spice mixture to suit your preferences. Mu cupboard is always overflowing with spice jars, so I like to experiment with a variety of mixtures in my Indian dishes. Without further ado, onward to the recipe.

Mixed Vegetable Curry ( Sabzi Bhaji )

2 large potatoes, cut into julienne strips
2 carrots, cut into julienne strips
1 onion, finely chopped
3 green chilies, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of ground coriander
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
dash of amchoor powder
dash of mace
1 teaspoon of sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper

2 tablespoons of ghee, or a mixture of butter and oil
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped or grated
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon of asafoetida
1 large tomato, finely chopped
1 cup of peas, frozen or fresh (or any green vegetable of your choice)
a generous handful of fresh parsley or coriander, chopped
2/3 cup of plain yogurt
juice of 1 fresh lemon
1/2 cup of water
1 tablespoon of chickpea flour (optional)


In a medium bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots, onions, chillies, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, amchoor powder, mace, salt and black pepper. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for an hour.

Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat. When hot, toss in the ginger, cumin seeds and asafoetida. Stir and fry for a few minutes. Add the potato and carrot mixture to the pan and cook for a few minutes, stirring often. If you are using fresh peas, add them now along with the tomato, lemon juice and most of the freshly chopped parsley. If you are using frozen peas, add them during the last 10 minutes of simmering the dish. Cook, stirring often, for another 5 minutes. Gradually stir in the yogurt and add 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook for 30 - 40 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Add more water if necessary to achieve your desired consistency or a bit of chickpea flour if the dish has excess water. Garnish with the remaining parsley or add to the cooking pot and stir.

Serves 4 - 6

Other potato recipes you are sure to enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Aloo Gobi
Paratha with Sweet Potato and Potato Filling
Scalloped Potatoes with Best-Ever Mushroom Sauce
Scalloped Potatoes with Coconut Milk and Mushrooms

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5 comments:

Tapping World Summit said...

This dish looks yummy and healthy!

Johanna GGG said...

oh yes, potato and curry is great comfort food - am sure it would go down well in our humid wet weather here - good luck with bunkering down in the cold!

Priti said...

Looks yum..perfect with anything...

Sweet Artichoke said...

Your curry sabzi looks delicious! I like the idea of cutting the veggies in julienne!

chayacomfycook said...

I have been playing around with curry and this one looks like something, my family will love. I am printing it now, so I don't forget.