Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Carrot Onion Sabzi

July 27th 2011

I am a big fan of recipes that require very few ingredients. To me that means I don't have to consult my recipe book :) People who know me know very well that I cannot part from it.

Anyway back to this post - this is a recipe for a side dish that goes equally well with rotis or rice. Very easy to make and can be modified to suit adults and kids alike. Just 2 vegetables - onions and carrots. So let us get started.

Time : 20 min (prep time), 20 min (making time)

Difficulty level: Easy

  • 3-4 carrots (chopped finely)
  • 1 large red onion (chopped finely)
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp chilly powder
  • 1/2 tbsp sambar or curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt (to taste)
  • 2 or more tbsp oil

Method de Preparation:
  1. Wash the carrots (yes I like to start from the very basic instructions, thank you!). Then if you are picky peel them with the back of your knife instead of the peeler so you don't waste half the vegetable. Else skip it.
  2. Cut the carrot into 2 lengthwise, then just cut them into very thin semicircles all along. Repeat for all the carrots. 
  3. Peel and then wash onions. Use red onions and by washing them you prevent those tears rolling down your eyes.
  4. Cut the onions into 2, then cut each half into 3 (horizontally) and then cut into thin long strips. They should look like coleslaw. Close your eyes, VISUALIZE. OK, now proceed.
  5. Take oil in a pan, add the mustard and when it splutters - add the onions. Saute, Saute till they are soft but not yet very brown. Add a bit of salt to quicken this process [Thanks for the tip Chitra!].
  6. Add the carrots and the turmeric powder. Saute, cover with a lid, allow to cook and repeat till the carrots are tender. Keep heat medium to avoid burning. 
  7. Add the salt, chilly  and sambar powder and mix well. Taste to make sure everything is perfect and then turn off heat.
  8. Serve as a side with rotis or with rice or take in a bowl, add yogurt and enjoy alone!


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