I first tasted this simple mixed-veg dish this weekend at my friend's place. It was so delicious I had to recreate it the next day. But I didn't have eggplant (one of the ingredients) so I made my changes to the recipe. And have come to the conclusion that this recipe works with any vegetables as long as it has a few main ingredients like chard and potatoes. It is cooked over low heat with cheese and paanch phoron and the vegetables soak all the flavors into a wonderful mix.
Red chard is healthy and is high in vitamins, A, K and C, thiamine and riboflavin, not to mention iron, potassium and magnesium. It also has fiber and is low on calories. No wonder, it is my healthy vegetable of the week! If you want to know more information on red chard, click here.
So you see, this is also a great way to get your proteins and vitamins in one go. It will be a great dish to warm up those cold days and hey, it brightens the sunny ones too! I like to taste my vegetables so I cut them chunky. If you prefer a smooth texture, you can cut them smaller.
Ingredients: Serves 2-3
1 bunch Red Chard - chopped (you can also use spinach or swiss chard)
2-3 Red Potatoes - boiled (you can also use a mix of potato and eggplant)
6-8 Radish - chopped
1 red onion - chopped
8-10 mushrooms - chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tspoon paanch phoron
1/4 tspoon cumin powder
1/4 tspoon coriander powder
4 small cubes of cheddar cheese
1 tbspoon Olive Oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil and temper with paanch phoron.
Add the garlic and saute for a minute.
Add the onion and let it cook for a couple of minutes. Then add the chard, followed by radish and mushrooms.
Let it cook on medium-low heat for 5-6 minutes till the leaves start wilting.
Mash the potatoes. If you are using eggplant, mash it too. Add it to the pan and mix it well together. Now add the cumin and coriander powder and let it cook on low heat 4-5 minutes.
Add the cheese, salt and pepper and cook for another couple of minutes on low heat till it becomes thick and creamy.
It's ready to eat.
Serve warm with nan, chapati or paratha.
I am starting a new series "Healthy sabzi of the week" and will be featuring one vegetable every week.