How to make Indian Vegetable Bhaji

Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh green peas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seed
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 4 green chile peppers, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • cilantro leaves for garnish (optional)

Method

  • Place the potatoes, cauliflower florets, carrot, and peas into a microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on High until the vegetables are very hot and starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap, and drain the vegetables in a colander.
  • Place the vegetable oil in a large skillet, and heat over medium heat. Cook and stir the onion until it turns golden, about 10 minutes, and stir in the cumin seed, black mustard seed, and bay leaves. Cook and stir until the seeds begin to sputter, about 30 seconds, and then add the green chiles, garlic, and ginger. Cook and stir until the garlic begins to brown, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in the ground cumin, curry powder, and chili powder, and then add the partially cooked potatoes, cauliflower, carrot, and peas. Cook and stir until the vegetables are tender and coated with spices, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves.