Khatti Meethi Kaddu ki Sabji ( Sweet & Tangy Pumpkin Veggie)

I have a special love for Kaddu ki Sabji ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love the one Mom makes the most, full of flavours!!
A little sweet to the palate and then a little citrus, to have it with plain fulka (whole wheat Indian Flat Bread) or mix it along with Dal (Lentils) and rice!
We cooked mixed herbs with potato veggie, kaddu ki sabji and Boondi Raita along with fulkas for lunch the previous day, posting the Pumpkin veggie here. There’s no much gushing about it, i’ll just straight away come to the recipe now.

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Ingredients :
250 gms Pumpkin with green peel (Do not Peel it)
2 green chillies (chopped)
few curry leaves
1 & 1/2 tbsp oil
1/4th tsp Fenugreek Seeds
1/4th tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4th tsp Cumin Seeds
1/8th tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp corriander Powder
1/4th tsp Dry Mango Powder
Sugar 1 tsp
1 tbsp lemon juice
Corriander Leaves (washed and Chopped)

Method :
Cut the Pumpkin into long cubes, do not remove the peel. Wash and keep.
Take a wok and heat the oil.
Add fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let them crackle.
Add curry leaves and chillies.
Add the cut pumpkin and cook till soft and nicely done.
Add all the spices now, stir and cook for 1-2 mins.
Add lemon juice and sugar and give a stir and cook for another 2 mins.
Lastly garnish with coriander leaves.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mixed Herbs And Potato Veggie

Potatoes are a delight! ๐Ÿ˜€ Aren’t they?? Probably that one vegetable you can play with in ample ways and never be disappointed. Thank you Potatoes for making life a little simpler ;)!! We take respite in you whenever there is nothing else to cook around and you always amaze us with your simplicity and flavorsome attitude. Lol! I’m talking like potatoes are listening, i wish they did!ย  However potatoes don’t essentially have a taste of their own but the very quality of adapting into any flavour that you infuse in, is what marvels me.
Today mom and i were just wondering what to cook for lunch and somehow we ended up with having potatoes and eventually wanting to make something out of it. It just clicked me to think about all the other herbs and leafy veggies we had and i decided i’m going to put them to good use.
So we have here Mixed herbs and Potatoes together.

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Recipe :
Serves 4

Ingredients:
4-5 medium sized potatoes
handful of Spinach Leaves
few dill leaves
few sprigs of mint
10-15 curry leaves
handful of cilantro
1 tsp Dried Fenugreek leaves (Kasoori Methi)
2-3 tbsp oil
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1 tsp mustard seeds (Rayi)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/3 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp red chilli powder (adjust as per taste)
1-2 tsp dry coriander powder (Dhaniya powder)
1 tsp gram flour ( Besan)
1/2 tsp dry mango powder (Amchur)
1 tbsp lime juice
Salt to taste

Method :
Peel and cut the potatoes into small cubes, wash and strain them. Wash and chop all the herbs and leafy vegetables together.
Take a wok, heat the oil, add asafeotida, cumin seeds and mustard seeds and let them splutter. Also add turmeric powder.
Now put all the potatoes in there and cover and cook for 5-8 minutes till they become soft and are properly cooked.
Add all the cut herbs and give it a stir.
Add all the other spices and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Lastly add lime juice and garnish with more cilantro.

Mixed Herbs and Potato Veggie is ready to be enjoyed; either with Parantha, Fulka, Lucchi, Puri, rice or plain like an appetizer. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Note ; I used dried fenugreek leaves, however if you have the fresh ones, dont hestitate to use them.
Also you may add parsley, thyme, basil or any such other herb, it would taste equally good.

Food : Manifestation of Life

Always taken aback by the magnanimity of food and its myriad forms, I wonder what it possibly must have been like, ages back without this kind of evolution in the world of gastronomy. Coming to think of it, what did the man first struggle for during stone age, food! He hunted the wild, discovered the vasts and eventually and gradually the process was nourished.
Today it’s an amazement the way we are so much about the food we eat;also about the food we cook. I am a firm believer when it comes to people saying that you actually transmit your emotions and your energy into your food, so a meal cooked with smile puts a fit of happiness on the table. Cooked with love, served with more ๐Ÿ™‚
Right from the process of picking up ingredients from the grocery store or buying vegetables and fruits from the regular vendor, it involves you as well as your inside because that is when you actually look forward to having fun in the kitchen. However I have seen people who like to have it ready on the slab, vegetables cut, dough kneaded, lentils boiled and all they wanna do is the main spicing up and tempering or making the bread! To each one is his own, but I personally love the entire process, that gives me so much pleasure to find out the things I really need, hand pick them and run a tab in my mind as to what exactly I would be making of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure many will equally agree to this one! once done with your cooking, setting the table, serving it and relishing the smile each face has, such a reassurance!
How little do we realise what part does food play but more often than not we have our best memories over food, giggles of loved ones, gossiping around, experiencing the flavours and some will never leave your palate, you just know how it tasted!! Remember the aam ka aachar your Dadi Maa made (I bet you haven’t forgotten the taste of it, look you’re slurping ๐Ÿ˜€ ).ย  Or how you look forward to meeting your so & so aunt who bakes that gooey chocolaty Walnut brownie ๐Ÿ˜‰ makes you crave right now! and a zillion such memoirs are stored in our hearts for it is the bond you created with food and over food.
I have come to believe that food is the manifestation ofย  life itself in a huge way and a happy one. Food is nutured by all your senses, smell, touch, sight, taste and noise (I know when the blender sounds on a hot evening, it’s Mom making me Cold Coffee ;)). Though not for everyone does the world revolve around food, but i know a lot of them who are always in awe of it, either they’re in love with the idea of cooking or eating or just knowing stories and histories about Food. For me, yes it does revolve a lot around food and i know you’ve only read this piece till the last because you connect the same! ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy Cooking ๐Ÿ™‚