Pongal special recipe: Vegetable stew
10 to 12 curry leaves
2 cups grated coconut
4 tbsp groundnut oil
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 bay leaf
4-5 florets cauliflower
5 no’s French beans
5 gms green peas
2 medium onions
4 green chillies
1 ginger sliced
4 cloves garlic
1 star anise
2 sticks cinnamon
salt to taste
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
Wash, peel and cut carrot, beans and potatoes into equal sized cubes. cut cauliflower into small florets and soak in salted warm water.
Peel and slice the onion and wash and slit the green chillies.
Peel and grind the ginger and garlic to a smooth paste. Wash the curry leaves.
Soak the coconut in 2 cups of warm water, grind and squeeze out thick milk.
Par boil the vegetables one by one, drain and keep aside.
Heat both the oils together, add the bay leaves, star anise and cinnamon and fry till it releases the flavour. Add the onion, curry leaves and green chillies. Keep sautéing till the onion just starts becoming light brown.
Add the vegetables and green peas and sauté for a couple of minutes. Pour the third extract of coconut milk and boil.
Now add the second extract of coconut milk. Simmer and reduce by half.
Season with salt to taste, remove from heat and add the first extract of coconut milk.
Bring back to simmer, sprinkle the garam masala and serve hot.
Recipe Courtesy: Hyatt Pune Kalyani Nagar Chef