How to make Mixed Vegetable Pitlai -

Assorted vegetables cooked in masala paste and tempered.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Carrot (गाजर), Cucumber (खीरा)

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Mixed Vegetable Pitlai

Mixed Vegetable Pitlai Recipe Card


Hindi: gajar
If there is one vegetable that is truly a nutritional hero then it is bound to be the carrot. A goldmine of nutrients, this is the reason they can be even termed as worth the other ‘karat’ (as in gold)! Ranging in colours from orange, black, pink to red, yellow and white, this delicious vegetable is within the reach of rich and poor alike and is rightly called the universal root. The best role that this winter vegetable can play – chomp on one as it is an excellent snack!

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Mixed Vegetable Pitlai Recipe

  • Carrot 1

  • Cucumber 1

  • French beans 1/2 cup

  • Pumpkin 1/2 cup

  • Green peas 1/2 cup

  • Drumstick 1

  • Toor dal 4 tablespoons

  • Tamarind ball 1

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves 1/4 cup

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Sambhar powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Groundnut oil 6 tablespoons

  • Coriander seeds 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) 1 teaspoon

  • Whole dry red chillies 6

  • Coconut,scraped 1/2 cup

  • Whole dry red chillies 2

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Clean, peel and cut the vegetables into small cubes. Soak tamarind in 1½ cups warm water. Remove the pulp, strain and reserve.

Step 2

Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a kadai and fry the masala ingredients, till it turns light brown. Add little water and grind to a fine paste. Wash and chop coriander leaves and keep.

Step 3

Clean, wash, soak toor dal for 10 minutes and then boil in ¼ cup water, till soft. Strain and keep aside. Heat a vessel, add the tamarind extract, salt, and sambar powder and bring to boil. Add the vegetables, salt and masala paste and simmer till the vegetables are almost done. Add the cooked dal, asafoetida, chopped coriander, curry leaves and continue to simmer. Heat the remaining oil, temper and pour over the vegetables.

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