Mar 6, 2011

Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry

One dish that makes even a veggie phobe love veggies again. I learnt this from my mother in law and it has never failed to impress my guests and relatives. Most people do not realise how many vegetables have gone into it and are happy slurping it off…You can use any combination of vegetables, add and subtract according to season. This is the way I made it a few weeks ago.
veggie basket
You needchopped veggies
  1. Medium onions – 2, sliced lengthwise (2/3 cup)
  2. Capsicum (peppers) – 2, sliced lengthwise (1 cup) You can use any colour, I had green ones at home, so I used them.
  3. Cauliflower – 1 big (break into florets) The cauliflower I used, gave me 3 cups of florets.
  4. Potatoes – 1 big or 2 small, cut into French fries shaped pieces (2/3 cup)
  5. Carrots – 3-4 medium, again cut into fries shaped pieces (1 heaped cup)
  6. French beans – cut into 1 inch lengths, 1/2 cupthe magic masalas !!
  7. Fresh green peas – 1/2 cup
  8. Salt -  2 tbsp, more if you feel so
  9. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  10. MDH Tawa fry Bharwan masala – 2 tsp
  11. Everest Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  12. Sambar powder – 1 tsp, heaped (homemade)
For seasoning
  1. Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  3. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  4. Saunf – 1 tsp
To assemble
  1. Heat the oil in a large wok / deep saucepan / pressure pan.
  2. Add ingredients for seasoning in order.
  3. Once the seasonings are sizzling (in under a minute), add sliced onions let fry for a couple of minutes.
  4. Tip in the potatoes, toss well to coat oil evenly.
  5. Let potatoes brown a wee bit. seasonings in oil
    sliced onions yum potatoes in
  6. Throw in the crunchy carrots, toss heartily.
  7. Paint your dish pretty by adding green capsicum now ( this is when I step back and watch my tricolour curry in progress and swell with patriotic pride!).
  8. While these strike friendship with each other, go ahead and microwave the cut beans and peas for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the beans-peas to the simmering wok of curry.
  10. Once the vegetables are tossed well, add the cauliflower florets. add cauliflower florets
  11. carrots and potatoes in a happy tango    patriotic fervour! 
  12. Go ahead and dress your curry with all the fragrant powders – add salt, turmeric powder, followed by the masala powders. This dish is very forgiving and you can use any  combination of masala powders. My mother in law uses only sambar powder. In that case add some fresh curry leaves too while frying the veggies.
  13. Sprinkle some water,(about 1/2 cup) cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir every minute to let all vegetables cook evenly. This can get done quicker in the microwave but I have found that flavours and textures develop better over stovetop, what with my tending to it ever so lovingly!
  14. Mixed vegetable curry is ready to dig in with steamed rice, phulkas. I like it best over steamed rice along with tangy kadhi.
Mixed vegetable stir fry
  • Add a couple of sliced tomatoes while frying.
  • Add fresh coriander leaves to garnish.
  • Add any or all of these vegetables too - tender radish, zucchini, even bitter gourd, sweet corn kernels, cabbage, the list goes on…
  • Use only cauliflower, or in combination with peas to make cauliflower stir fry the same way.
Nutri notes
  • Cauliflower is the vegetable used most in this dish, hence I want to discuss the special nutritional benefits of this cruciferous vegetable.
  • Cruciferous vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, essential poly unsaturated fatty acids, making them important in a healthy diet.
  • According to a study by the American Dietetic Association, eating more than 4-5 servings of cruciferous vegetables per week, has shown to protect against cancer.
  • The American Institute for Cancer Research has published results which show compounds in  cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables help in stopping growth of cancer cells in all these cancers – of breast, endometrium, colon, liver, lung, cervix.
  • Good amounts of Vitamin C (56mg/100gm)  and manganese (0.10mg/100gm)  in cauliflower makes it an important source of antioxidants. Besides these, it also contains other important antioxidants such as beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, quercetin, ferulic acid. All these wonder compounds work to lower the oxidative stress in the body.
  • With presence of Vitamin K and omega 3 fatty acids, in addition to a compound called Indole 3 Carbinol (I3C), cauliflower has great anti inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation - of tissues or arteries in our body is a significant cause of cardiovascular diseases. I3C helps to prevent or even reverse blood vessel damage. This compound also helps stomach lining from being invaded by harmful bacteria such as H.pylori.
  • Cauliflower is a good source of purines also. Hence, people with gout or other kidney ailments may consider restricting cauliflower in their diet.
  • The vegetable also is known as a goitrogen. While it does not create any abnormal thyroid profiles in healthy people, it does help for hypothyroid people to avoid cauliflower.
  • Steaming or light stir fry would be the best method of cooking this wonder veggie in order to realise it’s health benefits.
Sending this dish to 'Only Original Recipes', ongoing event started by  Pari's  Foodeliclious and hosted now by   Nivedita's kitchen.
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kanthi said...

Healthy n nutrient stir fry-looks colourful..

aipi said...

That looks gorgeous, healthy n flavorful all at the same time! Liked the combo of spices you used :)

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Priya said...

Woww wat a medley of veggies, thats truly healthy and inviting..

jeyashrisuresh said...

Healthy spread of veggies and love the addition of flavouful masala

jayasree said...

Gorgeous pics with detailed steps. Loved the writing. It was like seeing the cooking live. Good going Akka.

divya said...

What an amazing click, looks beautiful and yum!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Great and colourful recipe with veggies....Nice clicks too


Rajani said...

Thank you everyone.

Chitra said...

Colorful dish.Healthy :)

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

a recipe packed with 100's of health benefits.. woww.. last snap is really nice :)

Hari Chandana said...

very healthy recipe.. looks awesome !!

Srivalli said...

Looks very colourful and healthy too

Panchpakwan said...

Healthy and colorful stir fry..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Last click looks very appealing...
Nice to find a nutritionist blogger here. seeing many healthy yet delicious recipes here...Will spend some more time browsing here..Following you....

Hamaree Rasoi

Rajani said...

Welcome Deepa, and thanks again everyone.The nice clicks are entirely my son's efforts.I'm going to add him as co- author for this blog.I'll pass on the compliments to him,thanks again.

Pari said...

I was wondering this would taste nice with bread too or even inside a sandwich.


Mangala Prabhu said...

The vegetables look so colorful. The veggie dish looks so filling and yummy.

Pavithra said...

Wow that looks so so colorful and delicious.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A healthy and delicious stir-fry! Really appetizing.