Today I wanted to post a comfort food from my home. You can make this in few minutes. This stir fry is healthy and goes well with plain rice or any gravy. I always prefer individual veggies stir fry than the combination of few veggies. But this time I wanted to have it all healthy, and tried combining all veggies that I thought of which will go well together. I was not even fond of veggies few years back. But thanks to my boyfriend for making me like it. In India, my Amma( Mom) made sure that I always had healthy food. She used to incorporate veggies into my food somehow. My dad always makes sure I have fruits. He used to chop some fruits in the morning and give us. And also whenever we have Indian breads like chapathi, parathas he used to give some cucumber and tomatoes on sides. So I was never conscious about all that. Now I make it a point to have veggies 😀 life changes once you stay far from your parents.
Healthy and tasty! Less oil, vegan and perfect for Saturday afternoon lunch. Today I wanted to post a comfort food from my home. You can make this in few minutes. I would say the main task is to chop those veggies. But pain is gain! Have to do something to make our life healthier. Poriyal/thoran is a preparation where the chopped or grated vegetables are sautéed in spices and topped with grated coconut sometimes. You can make poriyal/stir fry with almost all veggies like beans,carrot, cabbage, chow chow/chayote, bitter gourd/pavakkai,bottlegourd,beetroot,okra,potato,broccoli,zucchini, cauliflower, arbi/seppankezhangu , raw banana/ vazhakkai, cluster beans/ kothavarangai poriyal and so on.
I have been thinking of posting this recipe for a long time, then thought it’s too simple to post. But now I thought it can surely help beginners or bachelors. You can substitute this with any veggie you fancy and make this same stir-fry. You can even use frozen veggies, then you have to just 1 tbsp. of water, add the coconut and switch off. There is no need of boiling and the whole recipe just takes 5 minutes to do. It tastes best with rasam, dal,Onion kuzhambu/curry, spinach curry, pepper kuzhambu/curry or sambhar. You can also have this with roti or just with plain rice.
Other favourite stir fry recipes are here: STIR FRY/ DRY CURRY Recipes.
- • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp.
- • Urad dal/split black gram – 1 tsp
- • Asafetida – ¼ tsp
- • Onion – ½ cup, chopped (1 small)
- • Green chilli – 2, chopped
- • Curry leaves – 1 spring
- • All veggies - 4 cups, chopped, I used beans, cabbage, carrot and peas
- • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
- • Sambhar powder – ½ tbsp
- • Salt – to taste
- • Red chillies -3 , broken
- • Fresh coconut – 1 tbsp
- • Oil - ½ tbsp
- • Coconut oil – 1 tsp
- Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal, asafoetida, red chilli and let it splutter. Add curry leaves and fry for a min. Now add chopped onions and green chillies and salt and sauté well till onions gets slightly browned.
- Now add the chopped veggies, sauté for a minute. Add the turmeric powder and sambhar powder. Mix it well. Add water till it is almost covered. Close the lid and let it turn soft and raw smell leaves.
- Once all the water gets evaporated, add dry coconut and give a quick stir fry. Finish off by adding 1 tsp of coconut oil and switch off.
2. You can use 1 tsp of coconut oil to garnish. It gives extra flavor.
3. You can use frozen veggies also, then you have to just 1 tbsp of water, add the coconut and switch off.