Mixed Sabzi

Mixed Sabzi

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.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat 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.
  2. Step 2

    Add 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.
  3. Step 3

    Add 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.