Monday, April 11, 2011

Vegetable Kadhai

Vegetable Kadhai. A dish that never fails to please a crowd. A wonderful medley of vegetables simmered in spicy and rich tomato gravy.  Despite all these wonderful qualities of the curry, I do not prefer to have this as an everyday curry. It is way too rich with all the cream and fat. Apart from this, it is also very time consuming. I make onion, tomato and cashew pastes separately for this. All in all it was a long process. 
All this became a thing of the past after reading this recipe on Aipi's wonderful space. I made veg kadhai once with some minor tweaks and since then it has become a favourite with S. The best part about thisis that, it can be conjured in mins. Veg kadhai can't get any simpler than this can it? 

Vegetable Kadhai recipe:
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 15mins
Serves- 4


Carrot- 1large, chopped
Green beans- 10-12, chopped
Peas- 1/2cup
Cauliflower- 8-10 florets, blanched in hot water and drained
Potato- 1 small, cubed
Onion- 1 large, chopped fine
Tomatoes- 2 large, chopped
Cashews- about 15, broken into pieces and soaked in hot water for 30mins
Ginger-garlic paste- 1tsp
Green chilli- 1, slit
Red chilli powder- 1/4tsp
Coriander seed powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar- 1/4tsp
Garam masala- a large pinch
Jeera or cumin- 1 tsp
Oil- 1tbsp
Skimmed or whole milk powder- 2tbsp
Kasoori methi- 1/4tsp
Coriander leaves to garnish

  • Parboil all the vegetables except cauliflower till three fourth done and keep aside
  • Cook the onion and tomatoe along with a little water for 10mins until tender. Cool, add the cashews and grind to a smooth paste.
  • Heat oil in a wok and add the cumin seeds.
  • Once they turn brown, add the ginger-garlic paste saute till the raw smell goes.
  • Add the ground paste and fry for 3-4 mins
  • Add the turmeric, red chilli powder, coriander seed powder, salt, sugar and fry for 2 more mins
  • Add the cooked vegetables and the garam masala and mix
  • Add the milk powder and some water and simmer for a couple of mins more
  • Add the kasoori methi and take off the heat.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis


  1. So creamy n thick...totally my kind of gravy..Adding milk powder is a nice twist

  2. Creamy & delicious!! Love the idea of adding milk powder...
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  3. Kadai vegetable looks so rich and delicious.

  4. Creamy and rich side dish for rotis...

  5. Very delicious looking- just need a hot paratha to polish it off :)
    US Masala

  6. Creamy and delicious vegatable kadhai, prefect with rotis..

  7. looks so rich and creamy, a true crowd pleaser :)

  8. I like how creamy and rich it looks! Beautiful presentation too!
    Adding milk powder is something new i learned today :)

  9. Great presentation and looks so yummy!

  10. Lovely recipe,and lovely clicks,loved the way you have arranged the roti in the BG..

  11. This looks SO good! specially when I'm so hungry I can take it all down in minutes :-)

  12. Cookies look so creamy and delicious. Great preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  13. no words to say.... picture perfect...

  14. This dish looks fantastic, creamy and nice one.


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