February 4th, 2014

Babycorn, Broccoli and Soya Chunk Curry

Babycorn, Broccoli and Soya Chunk Curry

Its already a month since we brought in the new year. I would like to think that the new year is just a number and like the change in seasons there is the change in the numbers of each year. But I wonder if this sort of thinking makes one detached to the whole prospect of making goals to better ourselves, our work, career, relationships or spirituality.

Unless we realize that time is short, time flies past and time is transient it is difficult to comprehend the preciousness of time.

We were fortunate to bring in the new year this time with family as we decided to congregate at my parents place. Road trips, exploring the beauty of nature and the remnants of time gone by, music, animated discussions, spotting the extinct great Indian hornbill, good food ofcourse and bringing in the new year amidst scenic surroundings in a river on a boat, thanks to an adventurous father who has a knack of discovering picturesque places with unsurmountable beauty, marked our time together as a family.

There was the customary visit to grandma’s house, a few miles away from my parents, without which no trip  to my hometown is complete for me.

Road trips exploring the charm and beauty of nearby places.

Visits to ancient temples.

That led to the discovery of a well, hundreds of years old.

Some imaginary golf lessons thrown in for good measure.

And the capturing of alluring scenes.

A visit to a Tibetan monastery along the way.

Deep contemplation and unsaid words understood.

A  some what bored husband…!

Some posing and bonding with the beloved son.

Few cherished moments with the siblings after a long long time!

A benevolent mother and a magnanimous brother.

And this curry!

Amidst all the eating out that we did, I did manage to cook some fare for my family. Some cheesy baked jacket potatoes, different curries, millet pilaf and this curry made with babycorn, broccoli and soya chunks that was relished by everybody.

I find curries very comforting and love to whip up a variety consisting of different vegetable combinations, base and spice mixtures.

The flavours resulting from the combination of broccoli, babycorn and soya chunk, coupled with the majestic properties of the spices provide a burst of flavours to the palate and make for a heartening meal whether eaten with rice or scooped up with a piece of bread.

 

Babycorn, Broccoli & Soya Chunk Curry

 Use a combination of different vegetables available on hand.

Ingredients:

250 gm (1 1 /2 cups) baby corn

1 medium sized broccoli head, cut into florets

water

1 cup (250 ml) soya chunk

1 cup packed grated coconut

3 to 4 tomatoes, boiled and peeled

2 tbsp coriander seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

2” stick cinnamon

6 cloves

1/2 tsp peppercorns

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

3/4 tsp to 1 tsp red chili powder

2 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp asafetida

1 tsp ginger, grated

1 1/2 tsp salt or to taste

 

Method:

Clean and wash the baby corn and broccoli, cover with enough water and cook till tender.

In a saucepan, take 1 cup of soya chunks, add 3 cups of water, a pinch of salt and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

Once it cooked, take off the heat, drain and squeeze the water out of the soya chunks. Rinse well in cold water 2 to 3 times and squeeze dry using your hands. Keep aside.

In a small pan, roast all the spices, the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves, and peppercorns until they release their flavors, about 3 to 4 minutes.

In a blender, put in the tomatoes, coconut, roasted spices and blend to a smooth puree using a little water if required.

In a wok or large saucepan, heat the oil over medium flame and put in the asafetida and ginger, lower the heat and stir fry for a minute and then add the pureed ingredients. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

Stir in the vegetables along with the water.

Put in the salt.

 

Serve hot with rice or breads of your choice.

 

serves 4 to 5

Filed Under: Asafetida, Baby Corn, Black Pepper, Broccoli, Chili Powder, Cinnamon, Clove, Coconut (fresh or frozen), Comfort Food, Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds (Jeera), Curries, Family Get Together, Ginger (fresh), Indian, Main Course, Potluck Party, Simple Everyday Meals, Soya Chunks, Tomato, Turmeric Powder, Vegan Friendly Recipes, Vegetables · Tags: ,

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  1. Anurag says:

    Mesmerizing pictures, one can get a glimpse of the cherished trip you had. The curry looks so much like a thai dish, will definitely try, love broccoli.

  2. Ashwini Kumble says:

    Wonderful post Anu! All the pics are beautiful, especially the one with your gran.. and the place so picturisque! You resemble your grandma a lot :)

    I’m going to try this curry soon..And you said Millet Pilaf?? That really caught me.. Could you please share the recipe for that?

  3. lovely pics Anu. Happy Happy new year to all of you. The pic of Harivansh is so cute!The baby corn broccoli curry looks amazing. many times little is more – so few ingredients can take this dish to the next level!

    Shobha

  4. Anushruti says:

    Anurag- Thank you! Thai curries are inspired by the cuisines of India and China, so yes you will find some similarity. Hope you will love this curry if you happen to try it.

    Ashwini- Thank you Ashwini. You always inspire me with your kind words. Will do a post on Millet pillaf for sure.

    Shoba- Vey well said Shoba! Wish you a happy new year too.

  5. coralcrue says:

    especially love the picture with your grandmother.
    wonderful :)

  6. Beautiful pictures and a creative recipe. Will try this curry soon.

  7. Shruti Rajesh Manurkar says:

    Life always seems beautiful when seen through Anu’s specs….:) once again falling short of words to express …..no doubt that our recipes are very unique and authentic but what makes it special is your personal memories attached to each one of them .they really add to the beauty of your post.keep adding your personal touch like a pinch of salt which enhances the taste of each and every recipe of life.

  8. El says:

    Looks like a wonderful reunion. Beautiful photos and lovely dish too!

  9. Ashwini Kumble says:

    I made this today with Broccoli and sweet corn and we enjoyed it for lunch! We both love broccoli for its healthful properties but I always kept it as the last vegetable of the week to cook :) but not any more..I think one can never go wrong with a coconut based curry

    What mixer grinder do you use, Anu.. especially to make a smooth paste with dry spices and wet contents like tomatoes or coconut using little water?

  10. Ashwini Kumble says:

    Oh, by the way you might want to add at what point do the chilli powder and turmeric go into the recipe.

  11. Anushruti says:

    coralcrue:Thanks! :-)

    Mummyjiskitchen: Thanks. It is indeed a delicious curry! Hope you like it.

    Shruti: How very kind of you! I find your words very inspiring and always look forward to your feedback.

    EL: Yes it was!

    Ashwini: You are absolutely right! One can rarely go wrong with a coconut based curry! I use a Philips mixer grinder.

  12. Mrunmayi says:

    Very nice & soothing recipe. The freshly grinded spices gives a very unique outlook to this curry. Spices are used but the curry doesn’t taste spicy. Its really a comfort food..

  13. Anushruti says:

    Mrunmayi: Glad you enjoyed this curry!

  14. Usha says:

    Hi, Saw Babycorn, Broccoli & Soya Chunk Curry receipe,I will definately try.
    But very good to see you with your Grand Mom, it looks old and young version of dear Anushruti. Aggi hage mommgalu.

    thanks & regards,
    Usha

  15. Anushruti says:

    Usha: Thank you so much!

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