I loved "Tawa vegetables" in restaurants , and we had enough of that in Pune at a restaurant names"Atithya"( which literally mean the warm way to welcome guests). I loved the name ,service, cleanliness and food of that restaurant. Now ever since I moved out of NJ , I try those restaurant styled curries at home mainly. It is not easy to rush to nearest Indian restaurant now, as the nearest one is also not so near :)). But I must accept that it prompts me to try many innovative thing in my kitchen now. And over all my mind is working much on how to make such curries... and likely thoughts... to make it perfect with colors and tastes too. Here is something which I tried recently.
Tawa vegetable means vegetables cooked on flat styled pan (Tawa) adding some spices to it. They normally fry (shallow/deep ) each veggies and paneer.Then together cook it for a while adding all the spices and paneer cubes for a while. Tastes always too good, and who count the amount of fat you deposit when you eat out :)).
I rather chose to try another way to cook it with all the spice they might be using , and it was as I expected....When hubby came home I was editing the following pic and he asked what is this with his eyes wide open, I said this is what you gonna have in dinner tonight :).
1 bell pepper Medium size(choose any variety you like)
6-7 tender Bhindi(okra),
1 medium sized Potato
1 medium sized carrot
1 cup Paneer cut into 2 inch length
2 tsp oil
2 tsp coriander-cumin powder
1/2 tsp Chaat masala
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
salt to taste
To avoid cooking this dish with plenty of use of Oil, I thought to give it a try little healthy way by roasting veggies first. I tried roasting Paneer before , but this is first time I choose to roast veggie before making its curry . And as I expected result was good too. Who would not like to cook healthy dishes :D ?
Peel carrot and potato. cut them like fries 2-3 inch in lengths. wash dry and cut the Okra in four pieces trimming from both ends. cut and bell pepper the same way removing stem and seeds.
Now heat a big flat non stick pan (Tawa) on stove and when it is little hot first add cut potatoes, roast it from both sides on medium heat and then remove. do the same for bell peppers a. and at last roast paneer cubes from 4 sides and 2 ends too. Keep all these roasted veggies aside.
Now in a same pan add 2 tsp oil and when hot add first chopped okra to it. As with all oil there will help to turn okra crispy without removing any stickiness. When done add chopped carrot into adding little turmeric and cook it till carrots are almost cooked. Next add bell peppers mix it well then add roasted potatoes to it . Mix all together well skillfully, taking care that it will not break the cooked veggies. Now sprinkle a little water to it and add salt, chaat masala and garam masala and coriander-cumin powder to it. spread it all evenly and mix in then add roasted paneer cubes and if its too dry sprinkle little bit of more water over that and cook it on low heat till water evaporates and spices start leaving its aroma . Turn off the heat and serve hot with Paratha and some pickle with Lassi on side ,make a perfect restaurant style food at home , that too not much oily :).
This is my own entry to "VoW-JFI-Bell Peppers " :) . What do you cook with bell peppers ? Send it soon , for details see here or click on the logo in sidebar.
And here is my entry for Mango Manthram , a new event to display the artist inside you , started by dear Indira.
I hope you would like it Indira :).
Check out my other henna designs here , 1 ,2 ,3 ,4 :z .
And now here is my entry for Click beans and lentils this month :L . Rather for my entry I should call it clicking a single Bean :O..I thought to tried clicking beans a little different way. I first grow Moth beans (matki or math) sprouts and placed them in ice try to freeze and here is my click . Do let me know how you like it :D.
Oops... before I forget to mention it again ...
Asha, Dhivya,Priya and Trupti are thinking that My blog is Yummy :~ . And passed on this nice award to me...
thank you buddies :) .
Almost all of you out there have received this from one ore more till date and I sincerely don't know if anyone out there is left still to mention a few whose blogs I really love visiting is
Trupti of The spice who loved me ,
Sandeepa of Bong Mom's cook book
Gattina of Kitchen Unplugged &
Viji of Vcuisine.
Enjoy the award , you deserve this and many more...
On a serious note I think that there is no award sufficient to appreciate the effort anyone is putting to share their recipes with picture on their blogs out there to keep Indian cooking alive around the world. Kudos to you all buddies... Keep cooking and keep sharing :)
Note: I am off to vacation for 10 day so If you don't get my reply to your entries then don't worry , just keep sending your Vegetarian entries... and leave a note in comment session here. I will cross check it with your emails. Well you can expect my response to your entries from Monday 2nd June onwards then. Thank you all keep cooking and keep rocking :) .Enjoy your summer and have fun filled sunny day ahead...