Life brings with a plethora of experiences, each with a flavour of its own. I wish to share with all my readers these various experiences and observations that I have made during my time here on this planet. They may be funny, thought-provoking or simple reflections. I do hope you will find these enjoyable and interesting.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Today's gastronomic offering

Dinner time and it is time to think of what to eat again.  I want to eat something really yum - of course it has to be healthy as well.  Peas (Matar in Hindi or Vatana in Marathi) season is still on.  So what better dish to contemplate than the "Vatana-Batata-Flower rassa"?

So here friends is how you make it.  :-D

Ingredients: (to feed 4)

Florets of Cauliflower (small sized)
Shelled peas (250 gms)
Potatoes cut into medium sized pieces (2-3 small sized)
Grated coconut (1/4 of medium sized coconut)
Large onions -2
Green chillies (1/2 medium sized - adjust to individual needs.  This is for a mild-moderately spicy preparation).
Garlic (3-4 cloves)
Pepper corns - (4-5)
Cinnamon / Dalchini - 1/2 inch piece
Cumin seeds / jeera - 1 tbsp
Oil - 2 tbsps
Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
Salt - to taste
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Corriander leaves (finely chopped)


Chop the onions and fry till brown with the grated coconut, pepper corns, cinnamon, chilli and garlic (1 tbsp of oil).  Blend in a mixer.  Keep aside.

Heat one tablespoonful of oil, add the cumin seeds and allow to brown.  Add the vegetables, turmeric and salt to taste. Allow to almost fully cook.  Then add the blended gravy to the almost cooked vegetables and allow to cook fully.  Add the lemon juice and corriander leaves after taking the vegetable off the fire.

This is a great dish to eat with phulkas and shrikhand.  Ummmm......... Yummmmmmmm...........

So go ahead friends, enjoy. :-D


  1. I am requesting my wife to make this for me, many Maharashtrians make this well and love it. Me too!

    Reading your posts is going to be injurious to health as my plans to watch calories are going haywire!!

  2. Hahahaha Vivek. You can pretend you did not read about the shrikhand. The rassa itself is not so injurious after all if you use just the minimal amounts of oil.

  3. LOve cauliflower and vatana - any curry is very appetizing.

  4. Then you should visit sometime. Promise to make this for you. :-) And we could add the shrikhand to the deal. What say?