Some English words have become part of Urdu names for dishes, as with this one, which is called mixed sabzi. Sabzi is the Urdu word for vegetables and the recipe calls for a mix of vegetables stir-fried and simply spiced for a quick weeknight main, or hefty side. Whatever’s in season tends to taste best. In Pakistan, it is most often made with cauliflower, potatoes, peas and carrots. But, it is great with any vegetables really: eggplant, green beans, bell peppers, bitter gourd or pumpkin, too. For convenience, you can even use mixed frozen vegetables. Roti or cooked rice are ideal for serving alongside.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 3tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil
- 1teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 1tablespoon ginger paste or grated ginger
- 1tablespoon garlic paste or grated garlic
- 1medium red onion, finely chopped
- 2plum tomatoes, chopped
- 2Thai green chiles or small hot red chiles, finely chopped
- 1teaspoon garam masala
- ½teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1teaspoon Kashmiri or other mild red chile powder
- 2teaspoons fine sea salt
- 1 ½cups cauliflower florets (from 1/2 cauliflower)
- 1medium Yukon gold potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 1carrot, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- ½cup fresh or frozen peas
- 2tablespoons chopped cilantro
Step 1Heat ghee in a medium pot over medium until it melts, 30 to 45 seconds. Add cumin and mustard seeds and stir until the seeds start sputtering, 1 to 3 minutes. Add ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Step 2Add onion and cook, stirring often, until it starts to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, chiles, garam masala, turmeric and red chile powder. Add salt and mix well. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes are tender and the oil starts to separate, about 4 minutes.
Step 3Add the cauliflower, potato, carrot, peas and 1/2 cup water and mix well. Cover and cook on medium for 10 minutes. Uncover and cook on high, stirring occasionally, to your desired sauciness, 2 to 5 minutes. Top with cilantro and serve.