Sunday, September 7, 2008

Rishi/Rushi chi Bhaji - Vegetable Stew


The next day after Ganesh Chaturthi is called "Rishi or Rrushi Panchmi". This stew like bhaji is served on this day. It is called Kandmoolachi Bhaji or Rishi chi Bhaji. Kandmool means root vegetables. I love to slurp this stew and the recipe itself is oil-free. It was not any healthy modification on my part. Another reason for me to like it!

Kandmoolachi Bhaaji/Rishi/Rushi chi Bhaaji
ॠ षी ची  भा जी 
Mixed Vegetable Stew - Malvani Style
Ingredients
2 corn-on-cobs, cut into 2-3 pieces
2 potatoes, peeled/cut into big chunks
1 small piece of pumpkin or acorn/butternut squash, cut into big chunks
1 raw banana, peeled, cut into big chunks
1 small cucumber, peeled, cut into big chunks
1 small carrot, peeled, cut into chunks
1 small piece of suran/elephant yam, peeled, cut into big chunks
1 small piece of konfal/purple yam, peeled, cut into big chunks
1 bunch colcasia leaves/taro leaves/ALu chi Paane or spinach, shredded
1 bunch laal maath or swiss chard, shredded
fresh stems of the maath or chard, cut into small pieces
1 smallish ridge gourd, peeled, cut into circles
1/2 cup raw peanuts - soaked for 2 hours (peanuts peeled right from the shells will taste even better)
1/2 cup fresh, green chickpeas

2-3 green chiles, slit
1 tbsp jaggery
salt to taste
2 tsp tamarind pulp

Method
1. Take a big stockpot or dutch oven. Add leafy greens like taro leaves, chard along with stems. Add 1 cup water.
2. Switch on the gas.
3. Add soaked peanuts and green chickpeas.
4. As the leafy greens start to wilt, add the remaining vegetables.
5. Now add green chilies. Cover and keep a lid on top.
6. Switch the gas to low.
7. As the water on the lid comes to boil, pour the water inside the pot and keep some more water on top.
8. Repeat the step 7 till all the vegetables are cooked.
9. Add salt, tamarind pulp and jaggery.
10. Serve hot.

Note -
1. It is okay if you can't find all the vegetables. Adjust salt, jaggery, tamarind proportion accordingly.
2. If the potatoes are very fresh, you can leave the peels on.
3. I also added some baby corns. You can add the vegetables of your choice but try to avoid okra/lady's fingers or eggplant/brinjal as they get too sticky. Preferably add as many root vegetables as you can.

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