Friday, January 09, 2015

Mixed Vegetable Balchao

"Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is a part of the cycle."
This New Year quote is true in every aspect. Resolutions are made at the dawn of every fresh year and breaking them during the course of the year is a part of the cycle. Hope this year we all can stick to our resolutions.Planning to include more of vegetables and healthy dishes to the blog this year. So, the first post to this year is a mixed vegetable dish. Hope you like it! Off to the recipe of Mixed Vegetable Balchao.

100 gms mushrooms, quartered
100 gms paneer, cubed
50 gms green peas
100 gms french beans(cut into 1/2 inch pieces,blanched)
50 gms corn kernels(blanched)

For the Balchao paste
8 whole red chillies
2 tbsp ginger chopped
1 tbsp garlic chopped
5 cloves
3-4 green cardamom
2 inch cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
5 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp sugar

For the gravy
1 large onion chopped
1 large tomato chopped
few curry leaves
salt to taste


  • Grind all the ingredients for the balchao paste into a smooth paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the chopped onions and saute till brown in colour.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook for two minutes. 
  • Stir in the balchao paste along with salt and cook for two minutes more. Add half a cup of water and let it simmer.
  • Now add all the vegetables except the paneer and cook till done.
  • Mix in the paneer cubes and curry leaves gently. Cook for two more minutes and switch off the heat.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.


  1. this sounds like a very interesting recipe... even I am trying to let in more vegetables, but then looking at the thirumondaas really irritates me... hehe...

  2. This looks absolute delicious as side dish for roti or paratha :)


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