I love root vegetables. Plenty of vegetables fall under this group, like sweet potato, carrots, beets, to name the few. They are very nutritious and so very tasty.
Carrots are the part of my daily diet. The minute my maid step into my house she rushes to make fresh vegetables juice with carrots, bottle gourd, apples and cucumber. I love carrots raw too, just chomp them while chopping veggies. Sometimes I pickle them, and eat it with roti. It is handy on my lazy-to-cook-days.
Colocasia is another root vegetable that I love for its nutty taste. Boiled and soaked in tamarind sauce tastes great but I like to deep fry the boiled colocasia and then garnish it with dry spices, it pairs well with dhal and rice.
Ginger is another root vegetable that I relish it and use it regularly to spice up my curries. I pickle thin slices of ginger with lime juice and green chilies and this becomes important accessory to pair with bland meals.
Potato is another favorite that is grown underground, although technically they are tubers, not roots. Sweet potato is the root but I am not too fond of it.
Since many foods are grown underground in manure, dirt, compost, I prefer to peel them, and throw away the skin. But if you like the skin, then it would be better to invest in a proper scrubbing brush to clean the dirt off the veggies.
Another root vegetable that I particularly like is Jimikand or Yam. Suran is what we call in Hindi. I normally cook this on meatless day and follow meat recipes to cook it.
This week I cooked Yam kofta curry and took it to my sister’s house to enjoy it with her family. I was happy when they side stepped the mutton dish and preferred my spicy vegetarian fare instead.
I had used Shaan masala (instead of garam masala) in this recipe and it turned out good. Roasted this powder and then used it.
I tend to forget my own recipes so this is actually a note to self, in case I decide to make it once more.
Yam Kofta Curry
2medium size potatoes
1cup gram dhal
5-6 garlic pods
1 inch ginger
2 green chilies
1 tsp garam masala
2tbsp crushed almonds
2tbsp crushed cashew nuts
salt to taste
For the gravy:
2 medium size onions
2 medium size tomatoes
1pkt Nihari Masala
1tsp crushed garlic
1tsp grated ginger
5-6 green chilies
1tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
2tbsp lime juice
2tbsp chopped coriander leaves.
Soak Gram dhal for 2-3 hours. Make a paste with gram dhal, onion, garlic, ginger, green chilies.
Boil, peel and mash the yam and potatoes.
Add gram paste, salt, coriander powder, gram masala, coriander leaves and lime juice to the mashed yam and potatoes. Add chopped almonds and cashew nuts. Make golf size balls
In another pan, heat oil and add finely chopped onions, cook till light brown. Add one cup water and cook onions are tender. Place the kofta balls on top of onions, cover the pan and cook for ten minutes.
Remove the ball after they are steamed and keep it aside.
To the remaining onions, add grated ginger, crushed garlic, green chilies, Kashmiri chilies and tomatoes.
In another pan, roast Shaan Nihari Masala and add one cup water. Cook and then add it to the gravy.
Cook the gravy on slow fire till oil floats on the top.
Before serving, heat the gravy, add the steamed balls, cover and cook for five minutes. Transfer carefully in the serving dish and garnish with lime juice and coriander leaves.
Serve with onion-cucumber salad and freshly baked Parathas.