Friday, April 10, 2009

Babycorn-Capsicum Curry | Babycorn Masala

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Babycorn is my favorite vegetable. Don't ask me why !! lots of times there are no reasons for liking or disliking specific vegetables. On a different note, quite sadly this vegetable was not available at our place during my childhood.I used to relish this vegetable especially during my trips to Bangalore during schooldays. This continued later as well when I was working at Bangalore and I used to land up in food world on Friday evenings for my shopping. Babycorn,strawberries and different types of bread used to be the typical fare on my shopping menu. My cousins used to tease me a lot for this as anyone visiting our house would have at least once tasted "baby-corn sabzi" that I used to prepare. Babycorn manchurian is probably the best picks for me amongst the other variations of babycorn that i have tried. It is easy and quick to make and invariably comes out quite well.
I love this curry a lot,the crispier baby corn complements the silky softness of the gravy very nicely.I added green capsicum to go along with baby corn,you can add various bell peppers in the recipe.This gravy is quite versatile and works best as the base for many gravies,the options are endless.Check out my notes for few ideas.
I am sending this to "WYF-side dish" event hosted by EasyCrafts.
Babycorn Capsicum Curry Recipe:
(Serves 3-4)

Ingredients:
12-15 sliced Babycorn
1 Big green capsicum diced
2 Onions sliced
3 Tomatoes chopped
7-8 cashewnuts(or 2-3 tbsp Watermelon seeds)
2 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Kasuri methi
1/2 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Amchur powder
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
a pinch of Sugar
2-3 tbsp Cream(or 1/4 cup Milk)
2 tbsp chopped Coriander
Salt to taste
2-3 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Butter
Method:
  • Cut baby corn into 1" pieces and cut them into halves and boil them in water for 4-5 mins or microwave on HIGH for 3 mins.They should be crisp and not completely cooked.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan add babycorn and fry for 2-3 mins and then add sliced capsicum and fry for another 2-3 mins.Add a fat pinch of salt while frying the vegetables.The vegetables should be really crisp and slightly soft.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadai,fry the sliced onions till pink,add ginger-garlic paste and chopped tomatoes and fry until it forms a pulpy mixture.Add cashewnuts(or water melon seeds), red chilli powder,coriander powder,jeera powder,turmeric powder,a pinch of sugar,amchur powder and salt and fry until the masalas are cooked.
  • Cool the mixture and grind all these ingredients to a smooth paste.Add enough water while grinding but make it into a real fine paste.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp butter in the same kadai and crackle cumin seeds.Add the ground paste and fry until the oil leaves the edges.
  • Add the roasted babycorn and capsicum and kasuri methi to it and cover it and cook for 3-4 mins.Switch off the flame.
  • Add the cream(or milk) and chopped corriander to the curry and mix well.
Serve it hot with Roti/Phulka/Chapati/Naan or Pulao/Jeera rice.Serve Onion juliennes(soaked in lemon juice),Aam ka achar and few lemon wedges along with it to have a nice meal.A sprinkle of lemon juice on top of curry will definitely take it to another level.
Notes:
  1. The recipe is very versatile.You can make various combinations of vegetables like Babycorn Peas,Mixed vegetables,colored peppers with babycorn or paneer with the same gravy.
  2. One can use either cream or milk in the recipe.Cream makes the gravy richer and the addition of milk makes it bit low fat but still tastier.
  3. I add watermelon seeds in the gravy in place of cashews most of the time and love both the ways thoroughly.
  4. Do not add more than 1 tsp of kasuri methi in the gravy,it will make it bitter.
  5. Serve the gravy with lemon wedges.A dash of lemon would definitely make it more tastier.

50 comments:

Suparna said...

Hi Prathiba,
Thanks for dropping by at my blog hope to c u around more often :)
Love the Baby corn manchurian with gravy better than the dry version. Looks tasty and nice click.
TC

Pooja said...

Never used baby corn in curries..looking great...

Priya said...

WOw thats a delicious n tempting curry, sooo prefect for me, awesome click too!

Purva Desai said...

This looks saucy and yummy

Gita's Kitchen said...

I usually add babycorn in fried rice, this gravy is new to me, looks delicious Prathibha, thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Asha said...

Love the color and combo of this side dishes.Great entry! :)

Ashwini said...

Looks so delicious..I am making it today..Lovely color..

Le @HC said...

Like Asha said, looks delicious.. i have never tried baby corn , exclusively, in a curry.. should taste very good, isnt it?

Divya Vikram said...

Looks spicy n yumm! Love the use of baby corns.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow the curry looks stupendous and yum...

Madhumathi said...

I'm drooling here..The curry looks very delicious..baby corn and capsicum is a nice combo!

Priya Sriram said...

Wow, thats an awesome looking curry Prathiba... You're making me hungry girl! :D

Varunavi said...

Thanx for commenting on my blog.Never made corn curry,yours looks great

Uma said...

mmm. the curry looks so gorgeous and mouth-watering Prathiba!

Prathibha said...

Thank you all...

@ashwini.. if you had tried plz lemme know how it tasted...

Vibaas said...

This curry looks delicious. u have a nice blog.

sharada said...

i order babycorn dish when i go to restaurants.This curry looks tasty.

Chitra said...

looks delicious, never tried anything with baby corn, urs is inviting!!Lovely:)

Trupti said...

Hello Pratibha, thank you very much for dropping in my blog. This is my first time ur blog too. You have a very nice collection of recipes here. I added you in my Recipe Center blogroll :)

Ushanandini said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Corn curry looks so tempting! You have nice collection of recipes in your blog.

Varsha Vipins said...

I have not tasted this veggie yet ..But your dish look soyummy thick..loved that deep red hue..:)

Aparna said...

Babycorn is something we also like. My daughter especially loves it.

Prathibha said...

Thank you vibaas,sharada,chitra,usha,aparna,varsha for your lovely comments.

Thank you Trupti for adding to your blog roll..

EC said...

Thats a nice combination in the curry..thanks for the entry

Laavanya said...

Gosh.. that curry looks fabulous. Don't find babycorn very easily here but that should make for such a nice combination.

phanitha said...

thank you visiting my blog and writing your precious comment....

this curry looks and sounds delicious...

Uj said...

Baby corn is my fav veggie too.. Love his curry.. our hot fav is baby corn manchurian too

Food Fanatic said...

oh wow i also posted sumthing similar recently :)

Prathibha said...

Thank you EC,Laavs,Uj,phanita,food fanatic

Mansi said...

Hey, this looks yum. Babycorn is my favourite as well.

Shubha said...

Hey,
Just made the curry for lunch today.. it was super delicious. A great recipe..Was planning to add this recipe to my blog with a link to your post. Let me know if its ok with u...
Great job again:)
Shubha
(http://kuchmeredilnekaha.blogspot.com/)

Anonymous said...

prepared it.. was delicious.. thanks for the recipe..

Anonymous said...

I am new to cooking after my marriage. I tried your recipe and I cant thank you enough. My husband liked it so much and commented it tastes as good as a top restaurant's curry, still has the home made flavour. Thanks a ton. Great instructions and tempting click!
- Preethi Karthikeyan

Preethi Karthikeyan said...

I am new to cooking after my marriage. I tried your recipe and I cant thank you enough. My husband liked it so much and commented it tastes as good as a top restaurant's curry, still has the home made flavour. Thanks a ton. Great instructions and tempting click!

Prathibha said...

@Preeti...Ur comment definitely made my day..I am glad that u ppl liked it and thanks for letting me know abt it.

Meena said...

hi prathy ,

i have tried so many receipes of urs, without doubt,this also turned amazing.

wht abt a fruit cake ,pls do try and post a fab receipe but request is with egg.

waiting for u r receipe.


regards
meena

Prathibha said...

@ Meena.. Thanks for your feedback..would definitely post fruit cake in my blog..

Ashwini said...

Hi,
Absolutely tasty...nice flavors and great taste.

Lakshmi Canteen @ Koppa said...

Just made it today. I was absolutely happy with the taste and just the cashews were enough to give that creaminess. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe prathy:)

Prathibha said...

@lakshmi..Thanks for d feedback dear..I am glad that you liked it

Unknown said...

Hi Prathiba,

Tried the recipe today and we all loved the taste...:)

Thanks for such a lovely and superb recipe...:)

Unknown said...

Hi Prathibha,


Superb and tasty recipe...tried today and came out very well...

Thanks for such a wonderful recipe..


Regards
Sowmya

shwetha p said...

Superb and tasty recipe..Even I skipped cashews, cream, its tasting perfect.
Thanks for such a nice recipe. I will try other recipe from this site soon..:)

Anonymous said...

here we cannot get watermelon seeds instead i can get muskmelon seed or pumpkin seeds. so which one other i can use? pls suggest.

prathibha Garre said...

@ anonymous..you can use cashewnuts instead of watermelon seeds..but if you do not want to use cashewnuts,muskmelon seeds is a better option,but definitely not pumpkin seeds..

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for quick reply. I will try this recipe soon.

Unknown said...

Will try this soon..thanks..

Arpi

Anonymous said...

Can we add tamarind instead of amchur powder.. is there sny option for kasuri methi

prathibha Garre said...

@ anonymous - Add lemon juice(instead of amchur) to the gravy after you switch off the flame, but do not add tamarind to it as it spoils the taste...if you do not have kasuri methi, you can skip it...though it is not compulsory it adds a nice flavor to the gravy

A&R said...

Thanks for the wonderful recipe.. Just made them.. They taste awesome..

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