One more day to celebrate with Rushina, this time #SabziTarkariDin, one more reason to blog……
You can only see what is in season when you visit your local vegetable market. There will be many carts selling same selected vegetables or fruits at very reasonable price. I never like to bargain with these vegetable sellers and most of the time I don’t even ask them the rates, I just buy what I want. If they make extra money from me, its their karma.
We don’t bargain at big Supermarkets so why haggle over the price at the local market? Let them make the money nah, they too have family to support.
When we go for shopping at the big food mall, we are likely to see whole range of fruits and vegetables, fresh and exotic, some food mall stock all the vegetables from all over the world..some of them frozen to the core and quite tasteless too..having lost their nutrients while travelling from one country to another sometimes. Have you checked price?..you might faint. Many a times, when I have picked a packet of some exotic vegetable or fresh herb, I have put it back to the shelf when I eye at the price label.
“Are you mad? You will spend Rs300 for just this vegetable? Put it back” I scold myself.
But the local market place will always sell fresh fruits and vegetable..Especially if you go to a small town market away from the main city. Recently I went to Karjat for a weekend and was surprised at the rate of the veggies sold there. All the vegetables were in abundance, very fresh and very economical. Most of the vegetable were at Rs20 a kilo. My friend, who has a farm house in Karjat, regularly visits these markets and comes back with car full of veggies for her family and friends. Not only were these fresh and seasonal but they were very tasty as well.
But no matter what season it is..bananas, celery and potatoes are always tasty and always a good buy
This morning my friend called me and told me that the flower of elephant foot yam is available in the market. Now I have never seen it although my other friends always cooks it when it is in season. I was curious (ofcourse) she told me that its expensive. Told her not to bargain with the vegetable seller and just buy it at whatever the cost (Rs200 a kilo).. she got me 400grams.
So here I was..went to google aunt to do some research on flower of elephant foot yam, spoke to few friends asking them how they would make it.
Then cut into pieces to see the inside
Then did the most foolish thing...I bit into it to get its raw taste....
Oops..not a good idea..because..i didnt even wash it at first..after a small bite..washed it properly, peeled and took a bigger bite..it had woody taste and ouch..my lips and chin were scratchy and some blisters on my tongue..I spat it out..cleaned my tongue several times till the itching stopped.
But yes..I cooked..following the recipe of a mutton dish
I first cleaned all of it, peeled it.salted them for few hours….then deep fried it.
Then cooked it in black pepper and tomato gravy.
The #TarkariSabziDin was celebrated by food bloggers all over India and I was able to catch few live coverage..
Like I saw the organic kitchen garden of Saffron trail and she showed us how to plant veggies at home...without any fancy equipments at all.
Made a virtual tour of Pali Market with Rushina and Kalyan.
Some celebrated with a potluck of foodies of Mumbai at foodblogger Shital Kakad’s cozy home..
I Loved watching Monika shopping in the Bangalore market with her son.
Also saw the live coverage of the walk with DFW to the whole vegetable market in Delhi, Azadpur Mandi, Asia's largest wholesale market for fruits and vegetables
I hate going to crowded vegetable markets because I am afraid of slipping on rotten leaves that lay scattered in the path but this markets that were visited by foodbloggers were quite clean and spacious and I was very happy to do the virtual tour with food bloggers.
Enjoyed #SabziTarkariDin and #IndianFoodObservance day with all the food-bloggers from the comfort of my home, while I was busy cooking the flowers of Elephant foot yam for my guests. I also made exotic salad, Guacamole from the buttery avocado, Sesame fragrant rice, roasted chicken and fried fish on that day
400grams Flowers of Elephant Foot Yam
2pods of cardamom
1tsp black pepper
2 green chilies
1 bunch Spinach
1tsp turmeric powder
2tsp coriander powder
2 tbsp coriander leaves
salt to taste.
Salt the flowers, wash and deep fry. Keep it aside
In a pan, stir fry cardamom, black pepper, ginger and green chilies
Add the deep fried flowers , stir to mix it.
Add spinach, tomatoes, turmeric, coriander powder and salt.
Mix and cover on low flame till tender
Add coriander leaves and black pepper
Serve with chappatis.
I have been celebrating #IndianFoodObservance days with Rushina whenever I could and have blogged......
Waiting for another Food observance day….