January 04, 2017

Veg Paya

A spicy and appealing side dish that pairs perfect with Aapam, Idiyappam , Idlis and Rot.  A  bowl full of mini idlis with paya is an excellent potluck recipe. The freshly roasted spices with the masala paste gives exotic taste to this side dish...

  • Pre time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 20 mins
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients for making Veg Paya:

  • Thinly sliced onions from 2 onions
  • Green chillies 2
  • Chopped veggies like carrot, beans, cauliflower and potato 1 cup
  • Green peas 1 tb spoon (optional)
  • Ginger garlic paste 2 tea spoons
  • Red chilli powder 1/4 tea spoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil 2 table spoon
  • Turmeric powder 1/4 tea spoon

For Masala Powder:
In a pan dry roast the following and powder them to a coarse powder.
  • Dhania / Coriander seeds 3 tea spoons
  • Red chillies 3 or 4
  • Cloves 4
  • Cinnamon sticks few
  • Star anise 1
  • Mace / Jathipathri 1 piece

For the paste:
Heat a pan with a tea spoon of oil and saute 5 or 6 baby onions till the colour changes and switch off the stove.
With the roasted onion add the following:
  • Coconut 2 table spoons
  • Roasted gram / pottukadalai 2 tea spoons
  • Fennel seeds / Saunf / perun jeeragam 2 tea spoons
  • Khus khus / kasa kasa 1 and 1/2 tea spoon

Grind the above things to fine paste with water and keep aside.

How to make Veg Paya?

  • Boil the chopped veggies and keep aside.
  • Heat a pan with Oil and saute the onions and green chillies till the onions become soft.
  • Add the garlic ginger paste, the powder and saute for a minute.
  • Then add the paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and required salt and fry till the raw smell goes.
  • Add the boiled veggies and 2 cups of water.
  • Let them to boil till the gravy consistency reaches.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.