Friday, November 6, 2015

Vegetable Mandi - Chettinad Special (Vegetable Stew in Spicy, TangyTamarind Base)

It has been a very long time since I wrote something in the blog. Life sometimes gets in the way. But never the less, my blog has always been there for me to get back to. Going forward, I'm going to try to post recipes that might help you if you are on a healthy diet, conscious of your portion size or wonder what Indian food could be a healthier choice.

Diet doesn't have to be hard. If it is going to be a lifestyle change, then why not start by making small changes to the already consumed food??

About today's recipe, learnt it from my expert MIL. It is a Chettinad Special Dish called Mandi (mixed vegetable stew in a spicy, tangy tamarind base). I guarantee you will enjoy the flavors!

Number of serving – 4

Mixed Vegetables – I used (Carrots, Bell Pepper, Beans, Drumstick)
Optionally you could use – (cluster beans, egg plant, raw plaintain, Jack fruit seed)
Onion – 1 big
Tomato – 1 big
Green Chilli – 4
Mango (small) – ½ cubed (if you have dried mango, then you could cut down on the mango)
Dried Mango (optional) – few pieces 
Dried red beans – soaked and pressure cooked (hand full)
Tamarind – lemon size
Sambar Powder – 1 tsp
Rice Flour –  2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Gingely oil – 2 spoons

To Temper:
Mustard seeds
Red chilli

  • ·         Boil the drumstick and beans together in a pot. Add the fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds to the pot and close and cook
  • ·         After about 10 mintues, add rest of the vegetables, chilli and gingely oil and close the pot and boil. Add little water as needed
  • ·         After about 15 mintues add the boiled dried beans
  • ·         Add the salt, tamarind, and sambar powder and let it boil for few minutes until everything gets along together and a bit thicker
  • ·         In a separate bowl, mix the rice flour with a little water to make paste (not too thin) and add it to the boiling pot
  • ·         Allow it to boil for a few minutes until it thickens
  • ·         Temper the items to temper and add it to the pot.

Yummy spicy, tangy mandi is ready to serve. It goes well with almost all the dishes. Even a simple yoghurt rice tastes excellent with this.


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