Friday, September 11, 2009

Mili-Juli Sabji~Mixed Vegetables in Onion-Tomato Gravy

I am always in search of a good side dish for chapathi.Before,when we did not have chapathi on a daily basis,I used to make different curries,many of them potato based as the side dish.But that doesn’t really serve the purpose now.We stopped having rice to control the calories and having a potato based side dish actually beats the purpose,isn’t it?So I was on a mission-low fat and tasty side dishes,quite an oxymoron I know,but I had to find a company for the otherwise monotonous chapathi.

Sometime back,while I was in Ekm,Ajay had food from one of the North Indian restaurants nearby and had a dish called Vegetable do Pyaza.Ever since he has been asking me to prepare it.In his words it is-a mix of vegetables,cooked to perfection yet crunchy,masala coated vegetables,but the taste was not overpowering.Just the right combination with chapathi..hmm.A difficult feat indeed.He dislikes the usual culprit-Kurma and such curries,so I really was in a soup.

I saw this recipe in my Microwave cookbook.The picture of this dish is what did the trick.Masala coated vegetables,just like he wanted.I did not have many vegetables which were mentioned,but I went ahead and added whatever was there.Though the curry was gravy-ish when I prepared it,but as it cooled down,it became thickish,kind of semi-gravy.Tasted great with some dal and salad on the side.

Mili-Juli Sabji ~ Mixed Vegetables in Onion-Tomato gravy
Recipe source-Nita Mehta’s IFB Microwave cookbook


Carrot – 1,chopped
Beans – 4-5,chopped
Cauliflower – 4-5 florets,chopped
Green peas – ½ - ¾ cup
[Add any vegetables of your choice-Baby corn,Brussel sprouts,Potatoes etc]

Onion Paste[Grind together]

Onion – 1
Cloves – 2
Cardamom – 1,whole

Tomato Paste[Grind together]

Tomatoes – 2
Curd – ¼ cup
Haldi – ¼ tsp
Chilli powder – ½ tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Salt to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp


Cook the vegetables in just enough water till done.[Take care not to over cook]
In a kadai,add the oil and sauté the onion paste till it becomes light brown.
Now add the tomato paste and mix well.
Saute for 5-7 minutes.
Add the cooked vegetables and salt to taste.
Cover and cook till the vegetables are coated with the masala.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.


  1. I guess we think alike..I have the same book and have bookmarked the same recipe.. and also I have the cakes book and have bookmarked cherry cake. Dear there is an award for you at my blog. Please collect it

  2. Looks very colorful and healthy, nice way to have all the vegetables....will def try this one soon....

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  5. Yummyilicious Sabji, goes prefect with hot steaming rice and rotis na..Very colourful dish!

  6. Looks lovely, Divya. I had tried Tarla Dalal's 'Mili Jhuli' recipe once..will post it sometime...thanks for sharing this recipe..

  7. Even i burn my head to make side dish for chapathi..This looks so easy making but think the taste would be heavenly..! thanks for sharing..!

  8. I am in love with that name and the curry looks really yumm and i am sure it tasted delcious too with chapthies.

  9. Divya next week m going to try this luks gr8....nd m poor in rolling out round chapathis so i avoid tht much :(

  10. Yum! I'm always on the lookout for "innovative" vegetable dishes (read not-the-same-old-boring-fare-I-usually-churn-out!)

  11. That does look delicious! Love the way you are improving on the pics :)

  12. Hi divyaz,
    Thx for stopping by my blog. As u asked for vellayappam, I added the yeast directly in the mixie and it always worked fine with me...The the batter smells of yeast, but the appam doesn't have the overpowering smell. Just ferment the batter for 6-8 hours only.I always play around with the batter. Sometimes by adding more coconut, more cooked rice etc..Always it tasted good.:)
    Hope this helps.

    Hey,by the way, I would like to try this curry of urs....It simply looks awesome and yummy...bookmarking it:)

  13. Hi Divya, this one looks so colourful and very delicious.

  14. Nice way of consuming lots of veggies.....with lovely flavours enhancing the taste of the gravy

  15. sounds like a nice recipe. u know wat mili juli sabzi reminds me of? the office canteen!whenever we read the words"mili juli
    sabzi" on the menu, we know for a fact we are going to be served bachhi-kuchhi sabzi!! thats wat the canteen wala does!! he adds all the left over veggies of the week and presents it as a new dish,invariable on a friday!!

  16. Sure it sounds different from the usual kormas,hmm ,delicious!

  17. thats a delicious sidedish..nice tempting picture..

  18. Sabzi looks delish..very colorful too!

  19. Healthy combination and looks delicious!

  20. Healthy combination and looks delicious!

  21. Lovely colour to the dish.And how well it would have tasted with rotis!


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