In the North Indian weddings – have you seen a person standing with a huge tava and roasting all the vegetables.
There will be a masala in the center. He will mix the masala with your choice of vegetables. This dish is called Kadai Vegetables.
We can make it with any vegetables like Potato, capsicum, paneer, tomatoes, onion, cauliflower, ladies finger,baby corn or broccoli.
How to fry the vegetables ?
Whenever any vegetable has to be fried – the first step is, it has to be washed and dried. Wash the vegetables atleast 3 hours before making the dish. Allow it to dry completely and then chop them.
If we wash the vegetables and then immediately peeled and chopped – while frying it will be sticking to the bottom of the kadai. By drying they will fry very well and the kadai will also be clean.
Roast the vegetables in medium to high flame. We can never roast the vegetables in the lowest flame. We will not get this result.
Once the vegetables are roasted – the masala can to be made in the same kadai.
- Add jeera -1tsp
- Add Hing -2 pinches
- Add tomato (2 nos ) puree – grounded with green chilli ( 1 no) and ginger (small piece).
- Add turmeric – 1/2 tsp.
- Add Red chilli powder -1tsp.
- Add Coriander powder – 2tbsp
- Add kasuri methi – 2tbsp
- Add salt -1 1/2 tsp.
- Do the masala in medium flame and not in the lowest flame (sim). No need to dry the masala too much. Just cook it – that is enough.
- Once the masala is done – add the fried vegetables and cover it and keep it for 2 minutes.
- kadai vegetable is ready.
- Please note – no garam masala.
- If we use paneer, capsicum and tomato – it is called kadai paneer ( can add fried onions)
- Also try using whole red chillies after jeera.
- I like to chop the vegetables in cubes. We can chop the vegetables even lengthwise for this dish. The choice is yours.
I have used the masala recipe from Manjulas Kitchen. Please have a look at her video – a live cooking will give a better experience. http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2008/11/30/kadhai-paneer/. She makes recipes without onion and garlic. She is an excellent cook – you can see the experience in her cooking. I always like to follow the recipes of experienced hands.