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MIX VEGETABLE CURRY (GOANESE STYLE)

March 7, 2012 11:14 pm 0 comments

Mix Vegetable Curry is a popular delicious curry dish cooked with a variety of mixed vegetables with coconut milk. This dish is interesting, full of nutrition, lightly spiced curry dish from the Goan cuisine.

Mix vegetables curry is easy to prepare and is a great companion served with chapattis or Appams for Breakfast or Dinner. Traditionally this is a classic dish and is usually known as Khatkhate in Goa. It is an exotic mixed vegetable stew that is usually prepared for weddings, pujas and during many other occasions.

This is an tempting and appetizing Goan speciality with mixed vegetables cooked in a traditional coconut milk gravy, reminiscent of the coastal scents of Goa, the coconut trees around, pristine beaches and fresh air, this curry with assorted colorful vegetables cooked in a delicious spicy milky coconut spiced gravy gives a wonderful texture, creaminess and flavor to the dish. A bowl of this curry served along with some well cooked aromatic basmati rice served with a pot of yogurt would make many souls happy for sure!

Traditionally mix vegetable curry or the Khatkhate curry is prepared with at least five types of vegetables which includes potatoes, carrot, gobi, beans & peas, plus grated coconut, jaggery, kokum, tamarind, tirphala/ tepphal (Sichuan pepper – a special spices from Konkan region), dried red chilles, garam masala powder and turmeric powder. Apart from the above vegetables mentioned, this dish can also include vegetables like radish, sweet potato, corn, pumpkins and any seasonal vegetables.

Goan cuisine has a number of influences from its Hindu foundations, contemporary methods of culinary art, and 400 years of Portuguese rule. Goan cuisine plays a key role in its tourism industry and has achieved global fame. Most authentic Goan dishes are combined with different aromatic spices, herbs, chillies and a generous dose of rich creamy coconut milk. Cumin, turmeric, chillies, garlic, coconut, vinegar and other spices are a common ingredient in the recipes here. Goa has many traditional dishes like pork vindaloo, sorportel and goan shrimp curry to appease the gourmands. ‘Khatkhate’ is a well-liked vegetarian stew that has mix of sweet and pungent flavors to it. Ruled by the Portuguese for over hundreds years, several Goan favorites are inspired from the colonial style of cooking, cabidela and caiderirada being the most famous of those dishes.

The major ingredients of Goa cuisine are coconut milk, seafood, paste and rice. Since the place experiences tropical weather, the usage of zests and seasonings is significant. One more unique aspect of Goan cuisine is the application of Kokum. Goan cuisine remains unfinished if there is no fish. It has a number of connections with the Konkani cuisine/Malvani cuisine.

To prepare this traditional Goan style mix vegetable curry, firstly par boiled all chopped vegetables and keep aside.

Heat 1 ½ tablespoons of butter in a pan and when it gets hot, add cumin seeds. Let that splutter and then add onion and fry until they are soft and translucent. Add ginger, garlic and green chillies Give it a mix and cook further for half a minute. Remove from heat and cool.

Grind this to a fine paste by adding some water and keep aside. Heat the remaining 1 ½ tablespoon butter and add the paste. Fry this mixture till the butter remains on the sides of the pan. Add the par boiled vegetables and salt to taste. Mix well such that the veggies are well coated with the spicy paste. Cover and cook for a minute. Add a cup of water, cover and cook till the veggies are fully cooked.

Add garam masala and coconut milk. Cook on low heat (one of the most important part in this process). As you see it is nicely boiling then turn off the heat and garnish it with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with any kind of bread or steamed rice. It goes well with both. This dish also tastes exceptionally well with peas pulao.

Tip: Adjust the spice levels as per your taste.

If you are looking for eating some really delicious and enticing Goan vegetarian dish then go and hit your kitchens. Start and enjoy cooking or else you are missing the exotic flavors of this dish.

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