The landlocked North Indian state of Haryana is the one Ssshhh cooking secretly group chose for our secret experimentation this month. With a strong agrarian foothold and an equally earthy cuisine, a recipe from this region had to reflect the simplicity of the cuisine and savour the beauty of the produce.
From my partner, Nisa, I received green chillies and butter as my secret ingredient. Let’s see what I do have in my stock..oh yes two bags of carrot. Hmmm… so now is the puzzle to solve- carrot, butter, green chillies and Haryana.
The solve was a cheat on “Goolayah Namah“(of course I cannot ditch my new found fast solution).I found methi gajar sabji (a stirfry with fenugreek leaves and carrots) was pretty popular, but not many of the recipes had the authenticity. So with the now I turn to my fellow bloggers who generously poured out all their suggestions for methi gajar sabji. Here are the ones, which inspired me to make a medley of the three.
Now, for the methi ( fenugreek)
I have slowly begun gardening with some basic resources, one of my first attempts was methi on the window sill. Now I have a trick up my sleeve here. I have been using this for mud-free, microgreen methi leaves for a while now. It was perfectly ready for a harvest too. So that batch goes into the sabji today.. ( if you need the do how…just leave a note in the comments and will email you)
For dinner then…
The recipe, methi gajar sabji, with absolutely no fuss, warm.and perfect with bajra roti topped with a dollop of nooni ( homemade butter) was so welcome as it is turning a bit cold here. Washed it down with a glass of Spiced buttermilk and the meal was well rounded and filling(yes we did have a few burps at the table).
I really loved the Haryanvi cuisine. Loved the simplicity of the dishes and of course, it is “the land of rotis” so am sure more will feature up on the blog soon. Very often that the kids indulge in ghee bura ( Powdered sugar( use raw sugar) coated bread with clarified butter)
Now for Nisa, she is prolific blogger at flavor diary Check out her thirsty Thursday series which is on my top list of things to try. I am floored by the extensive recipe collection she has from 2015 and some of them truly unique. With her intelligent choice of butter as my secret ingredient, to make it so decadent, I guess I will need these weightloss recipes if I continue with this amount of butter in my daily food
Nevertheless, I am soon going to hibernate if the temperature dips more, so I guess my body can deal with some buttering up.
Scroll down for this beautiful earthy gajar methi recipe and enjoy it with a homemade roti or naan.
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Methi gajar ki Sabji
Earthy Haryanvi Cuisine
- 2 cups carrots diced
- 1 cup fenugreek leaves
for flavorings and tempering
- 1 tsp garlic finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp fresh ginger root finely chopped
- 1 pinch Asafoetida
- salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp amchur (dry mango powder)
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder ( optional)
- 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
- 1 tbsp coriander leaves
- Wash peel and dice the carrots into 2cm cubes
- Remove the leaves alone from the bundle of fenugreek leaves, wash and chop them fine.
- Wash, peel and chop garlic,ginger and green chillies
- Set a pan on medium heat and add a tsp of oil.
- Add in the cumin seeds and as they turn brown add the asafoetida, ginger and garlic and chillies and saute well
- Add the chopped fenugreek leaves and saute well
- Add a tbsp of butter and mix well as the butter melts
- Now add the carrots, salt, amchur powder and a pinch of turmeric powder and mix well
- Dot it with a tbsp more of butter on top.
- Cover and cook on a low heat for 4-5 minutes
- The carrots will be well steamed now
- Open and sprinkle the garam masala and coriander leaves and its ready to serve
If you are using mud free fenugreek, chop up the stem, the leaves and even the roots. saves a whole bit of time.
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