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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Chauli-Makai nu Shaak

Mélange! (Medley of life)
That's going to be the buzz this week.
No I am not teaching you french, rather it's about the combination of vegetables you try to get a new dish.I always experiment dishes to see how the combination of vegetables taste like and can I call it a dish of my own. Well the following vegetable is just that.

All gujaratis know chauli ( for others it is the long beans sometimes also called chinese long beans and in hindi it is called lobia). I made a combination of chauli and corn to see how they taste together, and it worked out well. I was bored eating chauli just by itself or mixed with potatoes, so I tried this one. I know corn is so versatile that it can be mixed with almost any thing, but sometimes corn also makes the dish sweet overpowering the dish with the sweet taste but with this it was just perfect.

The recipe:

1 pound of chauli (long beans) chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup corn (canned or frozen)
3 garlic clove minced
1/2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp dhania-jeera powder
1/2 tsp haldi
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
1 tbsp oil
salt to taste

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, as they splutter, add cumin seeds, once they pop add the minced garlic and saute for 2 minutes, add the tomato paste, and all the masalas except garam masala. Add a little water so the mixture doesn't stick to the bottom. Simmer till the oil floats, now add the chopped chauli beans and corn and add 1/4 th cup of water and salt, cover the pan and let the vegetables cook for about 10-15 minutes or till the choli is fully cooked. Once done, sprinkle the garam masala and mix well. The sabji should be semi-dry. Squeeze some lemon juice and serve it with hot phulkas as I did.


Asha said...

Chowli and corn,great colorful combo Foodie:))

trupti said...

that is indeed nice....I had a tindora-corn shaak once....will try this next!

Anonymous said...

thanks for ur lovely receipe.