Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Raddish & Beans curry with Capsicum


It seems our winter has come to an end, lasting just for two months. I hope! Until last week everyone in our area were trembling in the single digit temperature - bundled up in jackets, scarves and furry boots. And suddenly since last weekend the weather has become quite warmer in the 50's & 60's with nice pleasant breeze unlike the typical february weather. Feels like Spring is here already! Its been like a roller coaster ride - Way down and Way up, Fast!

Though I'm looking forward to Spring, I do like winter in some aspects -- To me, its a time to catch up on some stuffs that I usually neglect in summer -- my closet cleanup, rearrange my kitchen pantry, watch DVDs, cook my favorite soups etc. I love to sit on my couch and have a cup of hot-chocolate while watching the snowfall through my window. Oh, and then one important thing - Food lasts longer in the refregirator during winter, so I don't have to cook everyday..he.. he... I missed some of these things this winter as I spent quite a bit of winter in India this year. Especially, I miss my soups! I've been planning to make them since last week.. but the warmer days change my mind. I know thats ridiculous, but its hard to convince my mind :) I think I still have time to re-arrange my kitchen pantry. Even though my pantry is the cleanest place in my kitchen, ever since I read this article by Mark Bittman on how to wisely organize your pantry, I've gotten some new ideas in re-arranging my pantry and can't wait to see my pantry with a new look. Its still in my to-do tasks for this winter, and hopefully I'll have time to fix it.

Alright, after a tough debate about my dinner, I settled on making this vegetable dish and drumsticks sambar for dinner yesterday. Sometimes just tasting a dish changes my perception of a vegetable. I'm sure this applies to many of us. Raddish is one vegetable that I often tend to ignore during my grocery shopping, inspite of seeing some fresh white raddishes waiting to be picked-up. The reason for my ignorance is just because I don't know a lot of recipes with raddish. I usually add them in sambar, or sometimes use them for stuffing parathas. And thats about it. But this all changed when I tried a couple of excellent radish dishes in India last month. One was Raddish Chutney, which I will be posting soon and the other was this mild vegetable curry with Raddish. A new recipe that I learnt from my mother-in-law. She told she's been cooking this often after watching the recipe in a tv show. I've never cooked raddish this way and I thought its a nice change from my usual radish sambar. I really liked this recipe because it's easy, it's healthy, and it's simple! The ingredients list may seem to be longer, but they're all fairly common ingredients and get tossed in around the same time.

Ingredients:

  • White Raddish (Sliced into semi cirles) & Chopped Green Beans - 1 cup each
  • Capsicum - 1
  • Onions - 1 medium
  • Ginger/Garlic paste - 2 tsp
  • Red Chillies - 3 or 4
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1 tsp
  • Peanut powder - 1 tbsp (optional).
  • Mustard seeds & Urad dal - 1 tsp each
  • Asafoetida - 1 pinch
  • Corriander leaves - to garnish.

Procedure:

  • Start by chopping the raddish to semi-circled slices. Then chop the beans and capsicum to 1 inch long stripes.
  • Dry roast and powder the peanuts. I usually do this in large quantity and store in the fridge.
  • Heat oil in a pan, season with mustard seeds and Urad dal, then add the red chillies and asafoetida and fry for a min in medium heat.
  • Add onions and fry for a few mins. Now add ginger/garlic paste and fry for a few more mins.
  • Add the chopped raddish and fry for 3-5 mins. Then add the capsicum, beans, turmeric & salt and fry for a few mins. Add 2 tbsps of water, cover and cook for 15 mins in low heat.
  • Once the vegetables are well cooked, add the garam masala, corriander leaves and peanut powder. Mix well for a min and remove from heat.

Goes well with Rotis and any form of rice.

23 comments:

Cham said...

Mixing with bell pepper and beans with the peanuts sounds yummy. I imagine with ur sambar.

meeso said...

That picture looks so so appetizing! I know what you mean about winter, I really hate it outside, but It's so nice to be snuggled up in the house with soups and hot drinks... These things aren't the same in warmer months.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi... Curry looks so good. Nice recipe. So colorful. Loved the peanuts in curry. YUM!

Dershana said...

I've never tried combining beans and capsicum with radish. The dish sure looks yummy with that liberal tempering of urad.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

This sounds new to me,never tried this combo Sujatha! Sounds so flavorful!

DEESHA said...

I have never tried combining radish with anything ..looks like an interesting combo

Laavanya said...

I'm not a big fan of winter and I don't know if these warm temperatures mean spring is here already because there's snow in the forecast for next week! :(

I've been seeing some rather unique veggie combinations in the blog world lately.. and here's another one... Very interesting.

Happy cook said...

Wowo that curry looks so yummy delicious.

Suma Rajesh said...

unique combo...tempting pic.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

what a nice combo.. very new to me. but am sure it will taste good. ur recipes are always a hit at my home :)

Indhu said...

this is soo delicious... I am like you with respect to cooking with raddish... even worse because I don't even use them in parathas.. only in sambar... but this curry is awesome... will definitely try this :)
and the "ordering dosai" - whether good or bad - by your hubby everytime you go to a restaurant - made me laugh :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Nice combo...picture looks good too. Must have tasted great too.

Deepa Hari said...

Thank you for stopping by...You have a beautiful blog Sujatha...Nice presentation...Loved the combination of veggies...Looks lovely.

sriharivatsan said...

Hey, this is a different combo which i have never tasted..Looks very colorful dear..Even i have used radish only in sambars and parathas..This is new to me.Tx for sharing this dear..

TS said...

Nice looking dish....perfect for rotis...!

cheers,trupti
the spice who loved me

Purva Desai said...

this is a new and nice combo will try this soon

Viki Xavier. said...

Radish with beans and bell pepper curry sounds yummy. Good to go with dhal and rice.

Nithya Praveen said...

I guess this is the first time here...lovely blog.I've always used raddish in sambhar and paratas...never in a curry like this.Looks wonderful.Very inviting:)

Antro said...

Anitha made this today and it was awesome! thanks! :-)

Sujatha said...

I'm glad you liked it :) And thanks so much for letting me know!

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bumblebee said...

hi
i made
"Raddish & Beans curry with Capsicum". My first dish !!
Dad loved it. Thanks for the Recipe. i never knew peanuts power can bring so much thickness to the curry!! loved the dish. thank you :) :)

Sujatha said...

Thanks for letting me know BumbleBee! I'm glad you and your dad liked it.. :)