Chaat! of the Day – Sinfully Spicy
As Jack Frost starts his season of winter-time tyranny it can be ever more difficult to hoist yourself out from under the covers. And as Christmas commercials make continuous efforts to inform us, there’s no surer way to warm the cockles than a robust morning meal. But if you’re tired of tried and tested traditional breakfasts, then why not try and inject a little spice into your start? The website Sinfullyspicy.com offers unique ideas exploring Indian cuisine as a tasty alternative to the boring basics like stodgy porridge. There are also Indian recipe ideas for every other aspect of dining, from brunch to beverages.
With that in mind then, here’s a delightful little recipe from blog-creator Tanvi for Pav Bhaji - a spicy vegetable mash to be served at breakfast:
Ingredients (Serves 2-3)
4 tbsp canola/vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 tbsp each ginger & garlic, grated
3 Thai green chillies, finely chopped 3 medium size tomatoes finely chopped
2 tsp red chilli powder 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
2 medium potatoes, boiled, peeled and roughly mashed while still hot
1 small size cauliflower, cut into small florets , about 1 cup
1/2 cup green peas
1/2 cup green/red/yellow/orange bell peppers, seeded & cut into small pieces
1/2 cup finely peeled & chopped eggplant cubes
3 tsp Pav Bhaji Masala
1/4 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp butter to garnish
chopped cilantro/chopped red onion /lime wedges/green chillies to garnish
Boil small pot of water, add salt and the cauliflower florets and steam for about 8 minutes or until almost tender
Add the pepper pieces and peas and let cook for another 2 minutes until soft. Strain out all the vegetables and set aside to cool. To the same water add the eggplant cubes and steam for about 5-8 minutes. Drain in a separate bowl and set aside.
While the vegetables are boiling, heat the oil on high in a heavy bottomed pan then add the chopped onions and cook until transculent.
Next, add the ginger & garlic and saute for 30 seconds till you smell the aroma.
Next, add the tomatoes along with red chilli, coriander and turmeric powder. And simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add all the steamed vegetables except the peas, mix and let cook for about 3 minutes.
Next, mash all the vegetables, and add the mashed potatoes and whole peas along with garam masala, pav bhaji masala and salt. Mix up everything to combine well.
Now, depending how thick you want your mash, add the reserved water to the pan. As the mash will cook, it will thicken.
Combine everything and let cook for another 5 minutes on medium heat, then top with some lemon juice.
Before serving, add a dollop of butter, chopped red onions, lemon wedges and cilantro.
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