Vegetables and their varieties for day-to-day cooking often leave us in a dilemma on what to cook today? What different to prepare today which is tasty, healthy and balanced in terms of requirements for our body & mind. Many of us are on work from home kind of operations and that is what at times makes us feel the need for something exciting, new and varied to be dished out onto our plates in order to relish the experience and de-stress as well.

The need for simple cooking, not to complicate recipes, and using simple and easy to cook concepts are more than welcome these days. We need to pick and choose our veggies and make our menus accordingly so that there is not much repetition too often and the method of cooking, level of spices, blends of the masalas, and the accompaniments to go along side all play a very important role here.

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We also get requests from readers asking for simple ways to work on in order to lose weight, manage weight issues and at the same time staying fit and active in these pandemic times. We need to keep in mind that summer is the ideal time to shed those extra calories and get back in shape in order to meet our job expectations, have a wise, fairer and open thought process in personal and professional life.

Let us check out some simple- easy to make vegetarian recipes with low fat content but high on the taste buds!

Recipe 1 - Mili Juli Sabzi 

mili juli sabzi

Ingredients

  • Oil/ghee- 2 tsp
  • Ginger-1 tsp chop
  • Green chilies-2 slit
  • Hing-1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Carrots/beans/cauliflower/potatoes/capsicums/pumpkin etc can be
  • used in this recipe- assorted of your choice cut into small pieces for
  • even and better cooking- 2 cups mix
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder-1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder-1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder-1/4 tsp
  • Water-1/2 cup
  • Aamchur powder-1 tsp
  • Fresh coriander leaves- 2 tbsp. chopped
  • Lime- 1 no for juice, add it last and serve hot.

Method

1. Prepare all the vegetables and other ingredients for the recipe.

2. Heat oil/ghee in a pan, add in the hing, ginger, chilies and saute.

3. Add in the assorted veggies – ideally pre-cook a little – par boil them and keep ready.

4. Add in the salt, powdered spices to taste and saute for 2-3 mins, add little water and simmer for 12- 15 mins, add aamchur and mix well.

5. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves, a squeeze of fresh lime and serve hot with rotis, phulkas and a bowl of curd.

Recipe 2 - Gajar Aur Mattar Ki Dastaan  

gajar matar sabzi

Ingredients

  • Carrots-150 gms, peeled and cut into slices/cubes
  • Green peas-1 cup- frozen or par-boiled.
  • Oil/ghee- 2 tsp
  • Hing-1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves- 8-10 no
  • Ginger and green chili paste- 1 tsp mix
  • Fresh tomato puree- ½ cup
  • Kasuri methi- 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves- 2 tbsp. chopped
  • Lime juice- 1 tsp add it last and serve.
  • For the roasted spice powder mix:
  • Coriander seeds- 1 tbsp.
  • Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Red chilies-2 no dry
  • Methi seeds-1/2 tsp
  • White sesame seeds-1/2 tsp

Method

1. Prepare all the ingredients for the recipe.

2. Heat oil/ghee in a pan add in the curry leaves, hing and ginger green chili paste and saute for 20 seconds, add in the fresh tomato puree.

3. Add in salt, all powdered spices and kasuri methi and mix well.

4. Dry roast the spices on a medium hot tava for 3-4 mins and cool, grind to a fine powder.

5. Add in the carrots and peas to the masala and give it a nice stir, add in ½ cup water and cover cook on slow flame for 12-15 mins.

6. Finally serve hot garnished with coriander leaves and a splash of fresh lime and serve this subzi with rotis, parathas/ missi rotis.

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Recipe 3 - Chatpati Baby Corn Ki Handi 

baby corn sabzi

Ingredients

  • Babycorn- 150 gms sliced/cut at an angle.
  • Green capsicum-1 med size cut into small cubes.
  • Oil/ghee- 2 tsp
  • Bayleaf-2 no
  • Peppercorns- 4-5 no
  • Salt to taste
  • Ginger-green chili paste-1 tsp mix
  • Tomato puree-1 cup fresh.
  • Red chili powder-1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder-1 tsp
  • Kasuri methi- 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
  • Chat masala-1/2 tsp
  • Water-1/2 cup as needed
  • Curd-2 tbsp. beaten.
  • Cashew paste-1 tsp or almond paste- 1 tsp
  • Coconut milk-1/2 cup
  • Coriander leaves- 2 tbsp. chopped

Method

1. Prepare all the ingredients for the recipe.

2. Heat oil/ghee in a pan add in the Bayleaf, peppercorns, ginger-chili paste saute for 15-20 seconds and add in the fresh tomato puree.

3. Add in salt and powdered spices along with kasuri methi, chat masala and garam masala powder and mix well.

4. Add in the sliced Babycorn and capsicums and bhunao the subzi well for 2-3 mins, add ¼ cup water and allow to cook for 15-18 mins on medium flame, stir occasionally.

5. Add in the curd, cashew paste mixture along with little coconut milk and mix it all up, simmer for 4-5 mins and serve hot garnished with coriander and ginger juliennes etc.

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Recipe 4 - Gobhi Ka Khushnuma Andaz 

gobhi khushnuma

Ingredients

  • Oil/ghee- 2 tsp
  • Cauliflower- 350 gms cut into florets
  • Potato/ sweet potato- 1 med size- peeled cut into cubes
  • Green peas-1/2 cup boiled.
  • Hing-1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds- ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder-1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
  • Water-1/2 cup
  • Coriander leaves- 2 tbsp. chopped
  • Lime juice- 2 tsp add and serve.
  • Roasted crushed peanuts- 2 tbsp. add it last and serve.
  • For the masala mix paste
  • Ginger- 2-inch piece
  • Green chili- 2-3 no
  • Tomatoes- 2-3 medium sized
  • Green cardamom-2-3 no
  • Cinnamon stick-1-inch piece
  • Red chilies- 2 no
  • Water-1/4 cup
Method

Combine all above into a mixer jar and make a nice paste from all of it together and keep aside.

1. Prepare all the ingredients and keep aside.

2. Heat oil/ghee add in the cumin, hing and the prepared masala mix paste and saute it well for 3- 4 mins.

3. Add in all the powdered spices and salt to taste and mix well, cook the masala well, add in a little water as needed, and cook for around 12-15 mins on a medium flame.

4. Now add in the cauliflower, potato/sweet potato cubes/green peas and mix well, allow to cover and cook on low flame for 12- 15 mins or until well cooked, add in the roasted crushed peanuts and coriander leaves, a dash of lime juice and serve hot!

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Recipe 5 - Aloo Ke Saath Banti Hai Baat

aloo sabzi

Ingredients

  • Potatoes/sweet potatoes- 3-4 no. peeled and cut into cubes.
  • Oil/ghee- 2 tsp
  • Hing-1/4 tsp
  • Ginger paste-1 tsp
  • Red chilies-2 no sliced
  • Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Black til- ½ tsp
  • White til-1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh methi leaves-1 cup
  • Fresh coriander leaves-1/2 cup
  • Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder-1/2 tsp
  • Tomatoes- ½ cup fresh cut or puree
  • Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
  • Dried anardana- 2 tsp
  • Water-1/2 cup
  • Lime juice- 2 tsp add and serve

Method

1. Prepare all the ingredients for the recipe and keep aside.

2. Heat oil /ghee in a pan add in the hing, red chilies, mustard and cumin seeds, white and black til, ginger paste and mix well for 10-12 seconds.

3. Add in the tomato puree, salt and all spices and cook the masala well. Now add in the potatoes, fresh methi leaves and mix well add in a little water.

4. Cover and simmer the subzi for 15-20 mins as potatoes cook then add in the anardana, coriander leaves and give it a nice mix. Finally add in the lime juice and mix, serve hot with phulkas, rotis and curd.

Chef Kaviraj Khialani is a celebrity Master Chef. He has a varied experience with airlines and hotels. For more recipes from the expert, stay tuned!