A lot of people I know are afraid of making gravies. It is really funny, because there really is nothing simpler than making gravy! I kid you not. How hard is it to throw in some vegetables and spices and give it a quick blend? I hope this recipe will serve as a simple guide to making any gravy, anytime you want. This curry is quite different from what I’ve been eating and making because I have included roasted capsicum in the gravy. The standard protocol calls for onions, and often tomatoes. I wanted to find out how roasted capsicum tastes when included in gravy. I even thought the idea was cool and innovative, until I found a bunch of gravies using capsicum and all sorts of vegetables on the internet! Turns out, innovation is rare! 😀
But moving on from the not so innovative fact, if you’re looking for a simple and nutritious side dish, this is it! It is a medley of all fresh, local produce and the taste that the curry gives off is purely based on the fresh ingredients used. Unlike my previous attempts at making curries in which I’ve used many dry spices; this dish, devoid of dry spices is really light on the stomach. And you don’t have to stop at the vegetables I’ve used. Feel free to add in as many or as little fresh vegetables as you wish. This is a perfect accompaniment to any kind of rice or bread. And if you’re carb conscious, take it as it is and you’ll make your belly really happy! 😛
Here’s what you’re gonna need to make this simple side dish : – a bunch of chopped mixed veggies, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, green chilli, blanched almonds, ginger root, garlic cloves, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, sugar, cinnamon stick, oil, water
Start off by heating oil on a wok. In goes the chilli and and garlic and ginger and onions and sauté till translucent.
In go the bell peppers & tomatoes too.. Sauté nicely!
Add ’em to a blender and blend to a smooth puree and set aside.
To the same wok, heat some more oil and add green chilli, cinnamon stick & rest of your chopped onions.
Once that’s translucent, you can add your puree from before.
Add the dry spices: chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt & mix well.
Cook till oil leaves the sides.
Add in the veggies one by one. Add the ones that take longer to cook first.. I added my carrots first.
Also add a cup of water & mix well. Let it come to a boil for about 5 min.
Add the other veggies and mix well.
Boil away.. Keep adding 1/4 cup water as it keeps reducing. Let it boil for 10 minutes.
Taste & adjust for seasoning. I like to add a pinch of sugar for added flavor. Feel free to skip it.
Boil for 5 minutes.
Garnish with some cilantro leaves and serve with any kind of rice or bread!
- 1 onion roughly chopped
- 2 tomatoes roughly chopped
- 1 capsicum roughly chopped
- 1 green chili
- 3 blanched almonds (boil almonds in water & peel the skin)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 inch ginger
- 1 teaspoon oil
- ½ cup onions
- ½ cup capsicum
- ½ cup carrot
- ½ cup tomato
- ½ cup white pumpkin
- 2 green chillis
- 2 teaspoons salt (to taste)
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder
- A small stick of cinnamon (optional)
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (optional)
- 2 teaspoons oil
- A pinch of sugar
- Water, as required
- Heat 1 tsp oil; add garlic, ginger, almonds & green chili. Sauté for around a minute.
- Add the onions & sauté for 2-3 minutes until tender.
- Add capsicum and fry for a minute. Then add tomatoes and sauté for 2 minutes until tomatoes are cooked a bit.
- Cool a bit, add to a blender/mixer and grind to a coarse paste.
- Heat 2 tsp oil; add the cinnamon and onions & sauté until golden.
- Add the gravy paste and mix well. Add red chili powder and turmeric powder and mix well.
- Cook until the gravy paste reduces in size & the oil starts leaving the sides. (Note: Since the amount of oil used in this recipe is extremely less, the oil only faintly leaves the sides. Keep an eye out for the gravy from drying)
- Add carrots and mix well. Add ⅓ cup of water and salt and mix well. Cook for about 2 minutes.
- Next, add the capsicum and mix well. Cook for one further minute.
- Then, add tomatoes, potatoes and white pumpkin cubes and mix well.
- Add enough water to cover the vegetables and let it boil for 2-4 minutes.
- Add the pinch of sugar for added flavor & boil for 5 min
- Garnish with cilantro leaves & serve