Vegetables are a great help when you intend to balance your food. Packed with vitamins and minerals, some complex carbohydrates and loads of soluble fiber. I am someone who can have a nicely seasoned stir fry for a meal. Give me any vegetables, cooked to a good texture suitable to it's nature and I am a happy diner. Winter vegetables are my favorite as a meal, cauliflowers, Broccoli, all kinds of beans and the red carrots and Turnips are my winter staples. Not to forget the yummy fresh greens we get around this time of the year. Seasonal food is my mantra, you get them bursting with flavor and nutrients both. Seasonal is one step ahead into making the healthy food bursting with flavors.
Another step is making the food unpretentious if it is meant to be consumed daily. Here is one unpretentious stir fry that can be a warm salad for you or a lunch box meal if you are like me. I would need a large cup of yogurt or spiced buttermilk with it.
This is a 15 minute recipe, starting from scratch.
new potatoes unpeeled, cleaned and cubed 1 cup
fresh cauliflower, florets separated 3-4 cups (depending on the size of florets)
finely chopped ginger, and green chilies to taste (more ginger the better)
turmeric powder 1 tsp
cumin powder 1 tsp
amchoor powder(dry mango powder) 1/2 tsp to to taste
chopped coriander greens 1 cup (stems and leaves separated while chopping)
salt to taste
freshly crushed peppercorns used profusely
mustard oil or ghee 1 tbsp
Heat ghee/oil in a deep pan (kadhai) and tip in the chopped ginger, green chilies and potatoes in this order. Stir and mix well. Add the cumin powder, turmeric powder and the cauliflower florets just after a couple of minutes. I usually keep chopping them and adding while stirring the cooking mixture.
Add salt and the coriander stems, mix well and cook covered on low flame for 5 minutes, you might need to stir in between. Add 2 tbsp of water if required , cover and cook till done, not mushy but the cauliflower should retain a bite.
Add the amchoor powder, the freshly milled peppercorns the coriander leaves and stir well. Serve as required.
Makes a nice stuffing to grilled sandwiches too. Simple seasonal flavors are the best.
While I post this, I am reminded of the cauliflower seedlings I planted today morning and within 4-5 hours we had a hailstorm here in Delhi. That is how difficult it is to grow fresh produce and I witnessed it fourth time this season. The earlier three plantings failed due to either heavy rains or some other reasons, including dogs digging up the plants or other silly reason. Some tough learning to respect fresh seasonal produce.