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Vegetable Kadai Recipe - How To Gravy in Kadai

INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
for kadai masala:

  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • 3 to 4 dry kashmiri red chilies
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi
  • 8 to 9 whole cashews
  • 4 to 5 black peppers

veggies:

  • 100 grams carrots, ½ cup carrots cut in batons
  • 100 grams potatoes, ½ cup potatoes cut in batons
  • ⅔ cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 100 grams bell pepper or 1 medium sized or ½ cup sliced bell pepper
  • ⅓ cup sliced onions
  • 1 tbsp oil for sauteing bell peppers and onions
  • for the gravy:
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, ½ inch ginger & 3 to 4 garlic crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • 200 grams tomatoes or 3 medium tomatoes pureed, about ⅔ cup tomato puree
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp low fat cream or whipping cream
  • 2 to 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves for garnish
  • ½ inch ginger, julienne for garnish (optional)
  • salt as required

INSTRUCTIONS - How To Make Vegetable Kadai Recipe
preparing kadai masala:

  • heat a small frying pan and add the following spices - 1 tbsp coriander seeds, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, ½ inch cinnamon, 3 to 4 dry kashmiri red chilies, 1 tsp kasuri methi, 7 to 9 cashews, 4 to 5 black pepper.
  • stir and roast till the spices become fragrant. no need to brown the spices.
  • when the ingredients cool down, add all of them in a dry grinder or spice grinder.
  • grind to a fine powder. remove the kadai masala and keep aside.
prepping the veggies:
  • also puree 3 medium tomatoes (200 grams) in the same grinder if its big enough or in another blender or mixer. no need to blanch tomatoes before pureeing. keep aside.
  • in a pan heat 1 tbsp oil and add ⅓ cup sliced onions and ½ cup sliced bell pepper. use any colored bell pepper.
  • stir very well and saute the onions and bell pepper on a low to medium flame.
  • saute till the bell peppers are half cooked. some crunch is desirable.
  • remove the sauteed onions and bell peppers aside. chop the potatoes and carrots in batons and keep aside too.
preparing gravy:
  • in the same pan, then heat 2 tbsp oil. add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  • next add ¼ cup finely chopped onions.
  • stir and saute the onions till they become light golden.
  • add the prepared tomato puree. if using ready tomato puree, then add ⅔ cup tomato puree.
  • add ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp red chili powder. stir very well.
  • saute the masala till it thickens and you see oil releasing from the sides.
  • then add the potato, carrot batons along with ⅔ cup peas.
  • stir and saute for a minute.
  • add 1.5 to 2 cups water. season with some salt. stir.
  • cover the pan. on a medium flame simmer and cook the veggies. check at intervals and if required, add more water.
  • the veggies need to be cooked well yet still retain shape. they should not become too soft.
  • then add the ground kadai masala reserving 1 tsp of it for garnish. stir very well.
  • add the sauteed bell peppers and onions.
  • mix and stir again very well.
  • simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. if the gravy looks dry, then do add some water.
  • then add 3 tbsp cream. use low fat or whipping cream.
  • stir and mix the cream with the rest of the gravy. switch off the flame.
  • lastly add 2 to 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. stir again very well.
  • serve veg kadai hot garnished with some chopped coriander and sprinkled with the reserved kadai masala. accompaniments for veg kadai are tandoori rotis, naan, chapati, paratha, bread. also goes well with steamed rice, jeera rice or saffron rice.

NOTES
substitutes:

  • 2 tbsp cream - 1 tbsp milk powder or dairy whitener
  • cashews - almonds or melon seeds/magaz
  • kashmiri red chilies - any less to medium hot dry red chilies
  • kasuri methi - a pinch of fenugreek seed powder


vegan substitutes:

  • dairy cream - coconut cream
  • paneer - tofu

lets start step by step vegetable kadai recipe:

1. begin by preparing the kadai masala. heat a small frying pan and add the following spices – 1 tbsp coriander seeds, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, ½ inch cinnamon, 3 to 4 dry kashmiri red chilies, 1 tsp kasuri methi, 7 to 9 cashews, 4 to 5 black pepper.

2. stir and roast till the spices become fragrant. no need to brown the spices.

3. when the ingredients cool down, add all of them in a dry grinder or spice grinder.

4. grind to a fine consistency. don’t make a coarse powder as the masala then comes in the mouth while eating. remove the kadai masala and keep aside. the cashews will release fat while grinding, but just scrape the masala from the sides and continue to grind again. substitutes for cashews are 6 to 7 almonds or ½ tbsp melon seeds (magaz). with almonds and melon seeds, the taste of the gravy will slightly change.

5. also puree 3 medium tomatoes (200 grams) in the same grinder if its big enough or in another blender or mixer. no need to blanch tomatoes before pureeing. keep the tomato puree aside.

6. in a kadai or pan heat 1 tbsp oil and add ⅓ cup sliced onions and ½ cup sliced bell pepper. use any colored bell pepper/capsicum.

7. stir very well and saute the onions and bell peppers on a low to medium flame.

8. saute till the bell peppers are half cooked. about 5 to 6 minutes on a low to medium flame. some crunch is desirable in the bell peppers.

9. remove the sauteed onions and bell peppers aside. chop the potatoes and carrots in batons and keep aside too.

10. in the same kadai, then heat 2 tbsp oil. add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

11. next add ¼ cup finely chopped onions.

12. stir and saute the onions.

13. saute till they become light golden.

14. add the prepared tomato puree. if using ready tomato puree, then add ⅔ cup tomato puree.

15. add ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp red chili powder.

16. stir very well.

17. saute the masala till it thickens and you see oil releasing from the sides.

18. then add the potato, carrot batons along with ⅔ cup peas.

19. stir and saute for a minute.

20. add 1.5 to 2 cups water.

21. season with some salt. stir.

22. cover the pan. on a medium flame simmer and cook the veggies. check at intervals and if required, add more water.

23. the veggies need to be cooked well yet still retain shape. they should not become too soft. for a quick option you can cook the veggies in a pressure cooker. pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles and add 1 to 1.25 cups water.

24. then add the ground kadai masala reserving 1 tsp of it for garnish. stir very well.

25. add the sauteed bell peppers and onions.

26. mix and stir again very well.

27. simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. if the gravy looks dry, then do add some water. toward the end, before the next step, if you want you can also add some paneer and simmer for two minutes till the paneer is cooked.

28. then add 3 tbsp cream. use low fat or whipping cream.

29. stir and mix the cream with the rest of the gravy. switch off the flame. check the taste and add more salt if required.

30. lastly add 2 to 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. stir again very well.

31. serve veg kadai hot garnished with some chopped coriander, ginger julienne and sprinkled with the reserved kadai masala. accompaniments for veg kadai are tandoori rotis, naan, chapati, paratha, bread. also goes well with steamed rice, jeera rice or saffron rice.

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