[vegetarian cook's diary]

Gujarati

Coccinia grandis – Die-eat[ing]-this


Tindora nu saak

How did I manage to think about this? Or did I think?

Tindora (or Ivy Gourd in English) and potato curry is the traditional Gujarati dish. Tindora is rich is beta-carotene and as per wikipedia got these medicinal benefits:

“The juice of the roots and leaves is used in the treatment of diabetes. The leaves are used as a poultice in treating skin eruptions. The plant is used as a laxative. It is used internally in the treatment of gonorrhea. Aqueous and ethanolic extracts of the plant have shown hypoglycaemic principles.”

So diabetes or not, you can die eat[ing] this.

Ingredients:

  • 0.92 lb of sliced tindora (see pics)
  • 2 med white potatoes sliced
  • 0.5 tsp cumin seeds
  • 0.5 tsp mustard seeds
  • ~1/3rd turmeric powder
  • ~1/3rd chilli powder
  • ~1/3rd dhana-jeeru powder
  • ~1/3rd garam masala powder
  • ~0.5 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP oil (used Olive oil because that’s what I got)
  • ~1 cup water
  • 1 long green chilly chopped
  • 4 curry leaves

Garnish ingredients:

  • about 1 TBSP plain yogurt
  • about 1TBSSP chopped cilantro

What did I do?


  1. Heated the oil
  2. Added cumin seeds and mustard seeds when oil was hot enough so that they crackled when added
  3. Added potatoes and cooked them covered (stirring occasionally) till tender
  4. Added sliced tindora and cooked covered (stirring occasionally) till tender
  5. Added the spices and condiments about half way thru (5-10 min)
  6. Garnished this with yogurt and cilantro
  7. Served with parathas (indian bread)

Njoyed it!!!

Inspiration: Traditional dish from Gujarat, India

Nutritional Fact: No clue….yummy!!

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Fansi bateta nu shaak


Garnished pita bread with curried green-beans and potato

How did I manage to think about this? Or did I think?

Green beans gotta be the most boring vegetable out there. I have not yet figured out what to do with it besides this yummy gujarati dish.There is nothing new/creative about this dish; except for how I served it. It is a traditional gujarati dish. Gujarat is the western most state in India. I think the traditional recipe will call for some sweeteners like jaggery or sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 0.92 lb of green beans chopped
  • 2 med white potatoes chopped
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic shredded
  • 0.5 tsp cumin seeds
  • 0.5 tsp mustard seeds
  • ~1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp dhana-jeeru powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP oil (used Olive oil because that’s what I got)
  • ~1 cup water
  • 1 long green chilly

Garnish ingredients:

  • about 1 TBSP plain yogurt
  • about 2 tsp shredded vegetarian Parmesan cheese

What did I do?

  1. Heated the oil
  2. Added cumin seeds and mustard seeds when oil was hot enough so that they crackled when added
  3. Added garlic and browned them
  4. Added onions and browned them
  5. Added potatoes and green beans
  6. Cooked them covered till green beans are cooked (tender)
  7. Took pretty long like 30-40 minutes
  8. Next time, I might boil the green beans b4hand in microwave cooker or something
  9. Stirred the mixture occasionally
  10. Added the spices and condiments about half way thru (10-15 min)
  11. Microwaved flatbread for 30 seconds <– naan/roti substitute
  12. Split opened the flatbread/pita bread and served half of curry on the bread
  13. Garnished this with cheese and cilantro

Njoyed it!!!

Inspiration: Traditional dish from Gujarat, India

Nutritional Fact: No clue….yummy!!