Monday, September 8, 2008

Zucchini Toor Daal Gravy - Cluster Beans Dry Subzi

Simple meal is what we all crave for.

This dal and subzi is one such meal full of simplicity, very quick to make and flavourful.

Ingredients for Zucchini-Dal :
1 Cup Toor daal (washed, boiled upto three whistles
2 medium sized Zucchinis (washed and diced)
1/2 tomato diced
1/4 tsp turmeric

Tadka Ingredients :
2 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp urad daal
pinch hing(asafoetida)
2-3 red byadgi chillis

Method :
In a sauce pan, cook the diced zucchinis with salt and turmeric covered, until done.
Combine the daal and cooked zucchinis, cook over medium flame upto one boil, add tomato, simmer, put off the flame. In a tadka pan, heat oil, crackle rai, then splutter jeera, add urad and saute till light brown, add the hing, put off the flame, halve the red chillies and add to hot oil, mix the same with boiled daal mixture, cover and let the flavours seep.

Ingredients for Gavar (Cluster beans) Dry Subzi :
250 gms cluster beans (washed, topped n tailed, broken to half inch pieces and steamed*)
1/2 of a medium tomato
1 medium onion -sliced
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp haldi
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 pinch garam masala (optional)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
(* steam the broken beans for upto one whistle for tenderness)

Method :
In a deep bottom kadhai, heat oil, crackle the mustard and splutter jeera. Add the onions stir till transculent, add the tomatoes and stir till cooked but not mushy. Combine the ginger garlic paste and masala powders (except the garam masala) , add the steamed pieces of cluster beans and mix well. Cook for five minutes and sprinkle garam masala, cover and let the flavours mingle.

Thats can serve with accompaniment (pickle or paapad) and have a Trupti-bhara meal!


Stuffed Brinjal is from Ranji/Ranji's Kitchen Corner - Stuffed Baby Eggplant , I used medium purple brinjals and made it to gravy, followed her instructions and didn't otherwise alter anything!

Thanks for sharing, Ranji! (Not so Brinj-liker hubby too praised the dish!)



Anonymous said...

Hi Purnima, Hope you had a good vacation. Nice veggie thali.. but where do you get zucchini in Kwt? I only see it at Sultan or Lulu and its the flown-in prices so bit too steep for everyday cooking.
I hear people say koosa is similar but those I think are squash.. and whenever I tried to cook it it was bitterish. Thks. Angela

Suma Rajesh said...

woo wht a lovly items on the plate...looks delicious and mouthwatering entry...i luv cluster beans so much

Purnima said...

Angela --> Citycenter Salmiya, stocks this and its economical too. Fresh veggies arrive on wed.every week.It wasn't bitter at all, both my kids also had their meal minus complains. :D

Suma --> Tks! It seems if cluster beans are cut with a knife, they taste bitter hence many prefer to break it into pieces with fingers.

Bhawana said...

This is very nice food :). I liked the idea of having dal with zuccini. nice one.

Meera said...

Daal & subzi - a real comforting home food!! Thanks for sharing.

Maya said...

Indeed a trupti bharaa meal :D..Just love the combination..

Jyothsna said...

Is the zucchini you've used same as koosa?

Purnima said...

Bhawana --> As Meera has put it, Comfort food, feels at home!

Meera --> Thankyou dear! Try it with any other similar veggie.

Maya --> Thanks!!

Jyotsana --> Is it called Koosa in Sharjah? No clue, was under Zucchini label. Wd find out on my next trip. :D

Madhuram said...

I also prepare a similar dish with zuchini and also have it in my blog. I add sambar powder to it though.

ranji said...

hi purnima!!!i am so very happy to know u liked the brinjal dish..thats one of my fav dish..urs look absolutely wonderful..thank u so much for really feels good to know when ones dish is tried,tested and approved :) vacation in india and my parents vacation here was awesome..i had taken more than 3 months it feels good to be back!!!:)