Thursday, April 03, 2014

Labra ~ Assamese Vegetable curry

Labra ~ Assamese Vegetable curry


        Our journey continues to another seven sister state 'Assam' for third day of mega marathon.   'Assam' is not only famous for holiday destination but also retains its culture and  topographical speaking.  Like Assamese people, their food also very simple and bland with little or no spices but yet delicious and healthy.  Ginger, garlic, chillies, onions are generously used and mustard oil is the traditionally used for cooking.

     Rice or  bhaat  is the staple food of the people. They eat bhaat with dal with  masor jul  (fish curry), with  mangso (meat curry) or  xaak and  bhaji  (herbs and vegetables). The curries are generally seasoned with punch poran (five spices mixed together in equal amount).  Mostly their dishes are steamed cooked or grilled or in the form of slight stew.  The below recipe is very simple to make but tasted different from our regular south Indian curries.  Try and explore the taste of Assam.


Preparation time : 5 minutes
Cooking time: Less than 40 minutes
Serves: 2 ~ 3
Adapted from Sunitabhuyan

Ingredients:
3 cups of chopped vegetables ( I used pumkin, eggplant, potatoes and carrot)
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/2 ~ 2 cups of water
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

For Grinding:
1 small onion, chopped
2 ~ 4 garlic pods
1 tsp minced ginger
1 red chilli

For Seasoning:
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp panch puran 
1 bay leaf
1 red chilli, broken 

For Panch puran:

Mix equal part of fenugreek seed, nigella seed, cumin seed, black mustard seed and fennel seed together and store it in a container. Use when ever required.

Method:

1. Grind the grinding ingredients in to fine paste. Heat oil in a pan, add seasoning ingredients as listed. When seeds splutter, add ground mixture and saute until water evaporates from it.
2. Add chopped potatoes, eggplant, carrot and pumpkin. Stir well to coat masala on them. Add salt and sugar.
3. Cover and cook the veggies for 10 minutes on low heat. Stir in between.
4. Add cumin powder and turmeric powder. Mix and cook for a minute. Add water and cook it on high heat. When mixture starts to boil, Lower the heat. Cover and cook until all the veggies become soft and little mushy. 
5. Add garam masala and mix. Cook the mixture on high heat to reduce the water to achieve semi gravy consistency. Turn off the heat and serve hot with rice or roti.

Labra ~ Assamese Vegetable curry


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Labra ~ Assamese Vegetable Curry


 Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: Less than 40 minutes
Serves: 2 ~ 3
Adapted from Sunitabhuyan

Ingredients:
3 cups of chopped vegetables ( I used pumkin, eggplant, potatoes and carrot)
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/2 ~ 2 cups of water
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

For Grinding:
1 small onion, chopped
2 ~ 4 garlic pods
1 tsp minced ginger
1 red chilli

For Seasoning:
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp panch puran 
1 bay leaf
1 red chilli, broken 

For Panch puran:

Mix equal part of fenugreek seed, nigella seed, cumin seed, black mustard seed and fennel seed together and store it in a container. Use when ever required.

Method:

1. Grind the grinding ingredients in to fine paste. Heat oil in a pan, add seasoning ingredients as listed. When seeds splutter, add ground mixture and saute until water evaporates from it.
2. Add chopped potatoes, eggplant, carrot and pumpkin. Stir well to coat masala on them. Add salt and sugar.
3. Cover and cook the veggies for 10 minutes on low heat. Stir in between.
4. Add cumin powder and turmeric powder. Mix and cook for a minute. Add water and cook it on high heat. When mixture starts to boil, Lower the heat. Cover and cook until all the veggies become soft and little mushy. 
5. Add garam masala and mix. Cook the mixture on high heat to reduce the water to achieve semi gravy consistency. Turn off the heat and serve hot with rice or roti.
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20 comments:

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

yummy and delicious!!! Labra day today!!

Pavani N said...

Sunita's Labra post is the most referenced one for today's Assam theme :-) I made Labra too and loved it. Yours looks yummy!!

Priya Suresh said...

Labra looks flavourful and am ready to enjoy this delicious vegetable curry with some rice anytime.

Hari Chandana said...

Healthy and delicious recipe.. looks great!

Gayathri Kumar said...

Labra look so inviting...

Shama Nagarajan said...

super delicious

Harini-Jaya R said...

Good one. With so many Labra recipes in our group, I am sure I am going to try out atleast once to check out the taste :)

Jayanthi Padmanabhan said...

lovely vegetable medley.. looks perfect

Farin Ahmed said...

Looks delicious dear!!!!

Srivalli said...

Labra is the dish of the day!..yours seem to have come out very well too..

Sireesha Puppala said...

looking healthy and delicious!

vaishali sabnani said...

Like this version of mixed veggies. .a nice change from the regular one. Like the way it has been cooked.

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Chef Mireille said...

your labra looks just as delish

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Labra looks so delicious! I also like the recipes from Sunita's space....

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Labra sounds healthy and inviting,another version of labra of the day...

Sreevalli E said...

Delicious curry.. Will be yummy with rice or roti..

Usha said...

Delicious curry and so many of you made this and now I am tempted to give it a try.

Suma Gandlur said...

A flavorful vegetable medley. Really looks yummy.

Sapana Behl said...

Labra looks delicious and mouth watering...