Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Panchkutiyu Shaak

 My mom-in-law was a working woman. (She is now retired). So many of her recipes involved using pressure cooker since it makes food gets cooked in a jiffy. Today's Panchkutiyu shaak recipe is also a pressure cooker based, but it can easily be made in a saucepan. Cooking time may increase as it will need to be cooked on a low flame.

Panchkutiyu Shaak
4-5 small eggplants, Make a 'X' slit on each
4-5 small potatoes, make a 'X' slit on each
1/2 cup surti papdi lilva/baby lima beans
1 green banana, cut into big chunks, and make 'X' slit on each chunk
1 sweet potato, cut into big chunks, and make 'X' slit on each chunk

1 cup chopped cilantro/coriander leaves
1 tbsp. dhana jiru/coriander-cumin powder
1 tsp ginger - green chilie paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp Gujarati Garam Masala
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp sugar (optional)

1 tbsp. oil
1/4 tsp ajmo
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida

1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker.
2. Add ingredients for tempering.
3. Add beans at the bottom. Place stuffed vegetables. Spread all the remaining stuffing over the vegetables.
4. Pour about 1 cup water.
5. Pressure cook till done.
6. Remove pressure.
7. Simmer till cooked. Add more water if you desire more gravy.
Note -
1. Make sure that there is extra stuffing after stuffing the vegetables.
2. I sometimes add some readymade hard muthiyas that are available.
3. This shaak can also be made without pressure cooker. In that case, cover the saucepan with a lid. Pour some water on top. Let it cook for about 30 minutes or till the vegetables are done. Cook on low flame.
4. If made without pressure cooker and want to use readymade, hard muthiyas , soak them for 10 minutes before using.

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