Back from my so called hiatus…. I know how boring it gets for you all, to hear excuses from me about my frequent disappearing acts.Won’t drag this too long, but will surely say… Life gets busy, so much that there comes a time when we are bound to concentrate more on our responsibilities than ourselves.The cry for paying attention to our duties is impossible to give a miss, and no matter how impatient or restless our mind gets , we can’t help but ignore it’s need for pursuing our hobbies or passion.Ditto with me…No matter how much my Blog shouted for some attention and updates, I was kept occupied with many good and bad things crisscrossing the walk of my life and thats the reason for me being on and off , posting recipes at irregular intervals.
So how was your life , during the period when we kinda lost touch? Had fun in my absence? Cooked something great? Met with your friends ? Roamed around some nice places? Watched some good movies? Tortured your boss or is reverse true for you? Well I am all ears for you if you have something to share.
I on my part was feeling low due to bad health of my mother. Days and nights were spend worrying about her deteriorating health and visits to Hospital.It was a night mare. Though she is recovering now, but still it might take a long time, before she is back to normal life.Can’t do much about it but pray that she gets well soon.
And how am I feeling Foodwise? Terrible I must say…because the time when I expected markets to be flooded with fresh green vegetables(It’s winter here..the time for bounties of vegetables) at dirt cheap price, all that I am able to find are dirt laden, wilting and dying vegetables at rocket high price.
Previously it was just few selected Pulses that burnt holes in our pockets, so the meals consisted of more fruits and vegetables, rice and wheat.But now?? This used to be the time of the year when a chilling winter evening was enjoyed with piping hot tomato soup, with tomatoes being available at 4 rs/kg.And now? The underquality tomatoes with over priced tag(Whooping 40 rs/kg) keeps the thought of making soup , at bay.
Rice, sugar, fruits, oil…everything is going beyond the reach of common man.At times I wonder how does our government get immune to the cries of people , calling for some control over prices of commodities.But then , can we blame them? How will the voice of a person shouting outside the Parliament reach the ears of ministers , who are deafened by the shrieks and fights of MPs inside the parliament. And that too when they are discussing some important issues like Reservations, Communalism, renaming of places, language dominance, multi crore scams, slaps and all…these surely need more pondering and discussions than the petty issues of ours like sanitation, bad roads, worse traffic, inflation, etc etc.These of course can wait ,till our honorable leaders decide upon which road and place should be renamed , which language should be spoken, which festivals should be celebrated and which shouldn’t, which leader should be bashed and which one to be rewarded, who is faking the concern shown towards poor and which leader serves people with true intention(Really?)..Phew….
Ok got off the track again (can’t help..I am fuming inside)…so dragging myself back to the Recipe of the day.
Seyal Bahji is yet another Sindhi style of making mix vegetable curry. Generally we make this curry in winter when there are loads of different fresh vegetables available. But today I made this since I was afraid that the overpriced vegetables might die in my refrigerator if I didn’t made some good use of these, pretty soon. So here it is, a semi dry curry , a mixture of some vegetables cooked in onion tomato based, mildly flavored with spices, that imparts a nice taste to the curry without overpowering the true flavor of vegetables….Seyal Bhaji
The word seyal is generally referred to the way of cooking something with onions and or garlic with very little (or sometimes none) water.Today’s recipe also requires cooking all the vegetable in onion base , where the veggies get cooked in their own juices imparting a very distinct flavor, very mild yet very delicious.
- Potatoes 2 small
- Cauliflower 100 gms
- Drumsticks 2
- Onion 3
- Ladies finger (bhindi) 8-10
- Tomatoes 2
- Green chillies 3-4
- Few cloves of garlic (Optional)
- Turmeric powder ¼ tspn
- Coriander powder 1 tspn
- Garam masala powder ½ tspn
- Oil 2 tspn or bit more (depending upon cookware)
- Peel and cut potatoes into big cubes
- Pick cauliflower florets,wash thoroughly or soak in warm salted water to get rid of tiny organisms if any.
- Shell peas if using fresh ones or set aside some frozen peas
- Peel and cut drumsticks into about 3 inch pieces each
- Trim ends of bhindi and slit them in middle, stuff some salt and turmeric and coriander powder in each bhindi.
- This is to make bhindi bit spicier.You can also shallow fry bhindi separately and use it later in the curry.This is for those who don't like the slimy bhindis, or else just keep aside the stuffed bhindi for later use.
- Chop onions and saute them into a thick bottom vessel like kadai or
- Sipri (Aluminium Handi) using about two spoons of oil.If using garlic add it now.
- When onion turns pink in colour,add chopped tomatoes and fry.
- Add potato chunks,chopped green chillies, salt,turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and fry properly.
- Then add cauliflower florets,drumsticks and peas and mix properly.
- Add very little water if mixture tends to stick the bottom of pan and let the vegetables cook further on low flame. Remember to cover the vessel with a lid and put some weight upon it to hurry up the process of cooking.
- When half done, add Stuffed bhindis and mix carefully as these tend to break away.
- Now let all the vegetables cook properly, and till all the water is evaporated.You might need to sprinkle some water now and then if mixture dries up but veggies are yet uncooked.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with phulkas.