Long before I learned to converse(or rather communicate)in Tamil,I used to watch Mallika Badrinath's cookery show.Most of the times,I couldn't even make out what she was saying but I sat through the whole show without batting an eyelid.I loved the way she presents her shows,no fuss and in very simple language which made any newbie confident in cooking.
Subz Badami is from one of her tv shows and the recipe looks very vague to me(probably I was more interested to see what she was cooking rather than writing it down).I've made it a couple of times with modifications and now it has become our favourite.It pairs well with Ghee rice,Porotta and Idiyappam.
Potato -1 medium,cubed
Carrot - 1 medium,cubed
Beans - 4,chopped
Fresh/Frozen Green Peas - 1/2 cup
Cauliflower florets - 1 cup
Capsicum - 1 medium,cubed
Onions - 2,sliced
Thick curd - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp(divided)
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp,chopped
Salt to taste
For the badam paste
Almonds - 10-12,blanched
Red chilly -2-3
Ginger - 1' piece
Saffron - a few strands
Milk - as required to grind the paste
Cook the vegetables till tender-potato,carrot and beans can be pressure cooked together for 2-3 whistles and cauliflower and peas can be steamed till soft.Wash the vegetables in cold water immediately and keep aside.(this prevents the vegetables from cooking further and not turn mushy while the curry simmers).
In a thick bottom kadai,saute onions till they turn golden brown.Switch off the flame,let it cool and then grind to a smooth paste.
Grind the ingredients given for the badam paste using milk to a smooth paste.
In a kadai,add oil and saute capsicum till it starts turning brown.Mix in the cooled and drained vegetables and give a good mix.
Stir in the onion paste,badam paste,sugar and salt.Mix well.
Whip the curd lightly and mix in,simmer for 5-7 minutes.If the gravy is too thick,add milk to 'loosen' it.
Add garam masala and coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
How did we like it - We like mixed vegetable curries as it is wholesome with rice or rotis.The vegetables can be of your choice,I've made it with Broccoli and baby corn too and it tastes equally good.The original recipe does not call for garam masala(I think!)and I felt it lacked something,a tsp of homemade garam masala gave the curry an extra punch.