SAMBARIYA

(Saam~bah~ree~yah)

(Stuffed Mixed Vegetables)

Serves – 4

 

Sambariya is dark green in colour and can be made in two ways – it can be made into a dry preparation when it is to be served for dinner or it can be made with a gravy when it is to be served for lunch. The recipe given below is the one for dry version.

Ingredients

Lady Finger / Okra – 5 nos.

Bitter Gourd (medium sized) – 2 nos.

Salt (for Bitter Gourd) – 2 tblsp.

Brinjal / Aubergine (medium sized) – 2 nos.

Capsicum (large) – 1 no.

Potatoes (medium sized) – 2 nos.

Oil – for frying

Oil – 2 tblsp.

 

For the Stuffing

Tomatoes (medium sized) – 2 nos.

Coriander Leaves (ground to a paste) – 30 gms. / 1 large bunch

Gram Flour – 2 tblsp.

Green chillies (chopped) – 4 nos.

Ginger – ½” piece

Cumin seeds – ½ tsp.

Red Chilli Powder – ½ tsp.

Coriander powder – ½ tsp.

Oil – 2 tblsp.

Salt – ¼ tsp.

Sugar – ¼ tsp.

Method

For the stuffing

1.)    Wash & chop the tomatoes.

2.)    In a pan, heat the oil on a medium flame. When hot, add chopped tomatoes and fry them for a couple of minutes.

3.)    When the tomatoes become tender, add chopped green chillies, chopped ginger and ground coriander leaves paste. Mix well.

4.)    Add gram flour and the remaining spices and seasonings. Cook for a couple of minutes. When done, remove and keep aside.

For the Vegetables

1.)    Apply salt on the bitter gourd (to get rid of the bitterness) for 1 hour prior to the cooking.

2.)    Slit the ladyfinger. Cut the Bitter gourd, capsicum into two and the potatoes and brinjals into four.

3.)    Heat the oil for frying on a medium flame. Fry the cut vegetables till they are half done. Remove the vegetables and drain out the excess oil.

For the Sambariya

1.)    Fill the stuffing in the various fried vegetables.

2.)    In a pan, heat the oil. Place the masala stuffed vegetables in the pan and cook them till they are fully done. Stir ocassionally.

3.)    Adjust the seasonings and serve hot.

Chef’s tip

The above recipe of Sambariya is the one for the dry preparation. In case, if Sambariya is to be made with the gravy, then add 3 tomatoes in the recipe. These have to be chopped finely and have to be added in Step no. 2 (after the oil is heated up). Also add a little water and the masala stuffed vegetables have to be added after that.             

In the gravied Sambariya, a few fresh fenugreek leaves can also be added with the chopped tomatoes. This enhances the taste of Sambariya.

To serve

For lunch – Gravied Sambariya is served with Dar Choka.

For dinner – Dry Sambariya is served with Phulko.

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