Speaking of the weather and a vegetable medley…

by Sunita on May 3, 2007

The last couple of weeks have been extraordinarily sunny, bringing with it that brightness which lights up everything…even moods. Isn’t it amazing how much the weather can influence that…well, at least for me , it does.

Today, is quite a contrast to all that brightness…haven’t had even a glimpse of the sun-god till now…there is that all familiar chill in the air forcing one to grudgingly take out all those warm clothes which were nearly forgotten. The cycle path which me and the kids take to their school were once again quiet…the last few days it had been bustling with people, young and old, coming out in troves to bask in the glorious sunshine. But, today, its back to that huddling within warm wears to keep that blustery wind from striking. The same trees seem to lose their spark under a grey blanket…swayed and hunched by the gusts of wind,they seem unwilling to give in, they seem to have lost their vibrant spirit..as if swaying is the last thing on their minds.

Well, well…excuse me, but I can’t help rambling…I’ve noticed that I do this more when I’m in such a mood…of course, there is no reason to be in a mood…the kids have been little angels in the morning, nothing wrong with the other half…but still…

Maybe I can cheer myself by talking about food, basically about the picture of the one I’ve put up…it’s a very simple dish with subtle flavours, no fuss and goes well with both rice and rotis. Sometimes the simplest of things can give us quite a lot of pleasure…so here goes…btw, fingers crossed for a brighter tomorrow, or for that matter today!!!
What’s needed-
1/2 a head of a large cauliflower or whole of a small one, cut into medium sized florets
1 carrot, cut into strips
a bunch of french beans, cut into medium sized sticks
1 potato, chopped
1 onion, sliced
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 whole red chilli
3 tblsp cooking oil
a pinch of sugar
salt to taste

How to-

Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds, bay leaf and whole red chilli. When the seeds splutter, add the onion and fry for a few seconds.

Add the rest of the vegetables,sugar, season with salt, stir and cook covered over low heat, stirring them now and then.

When the vegetables are cooked 3/4ths of the way, add the turmeric and cumin powders. Stir and cook till the vegetables are done.

That’s it! Remove from heat and serve hot as a side dish for a simple meal with rice or rotis.

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lata May 3, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Medley looks great. I will try that soon.


2 Sia's Corner May 3, 2007 at 12:19 pm

ha ha ha sunita… what i can say about UK weather;) i totally empathise with u and i too have been grumbling about same thing in my post too;) i dont mind even if its freezing as long as i get to see bright sky. hopefully it will improve by next week:)
colourful dish is which we all need to cheer up during these gloomy days:)


3 sunita May 3, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Hi Lata…welcome to my world…do try it…


4 sunita May 3, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Sia…fickle English weather,eh!…


5 Richa May 3, 2007 at 2:43 pm

hey, such a simple & colorful subzi! When i open the blinds in the am and get a glimpse of the Sun-God, I feel so invigorated :)


6 sra May 3, 2007 at 3:10 pm

bright and colourful pic, sunita! i have a similar one on mine!


7 sunita May 3, 2007 at 4:03 pm

Richa…its simple to make as well…as for the sun-god, well it does shine up everything,doesn’t it…


8 sunita May 3, 2007 at 4:04 pm

Sra, brightly coloured vegetables are always a delight…adds colour to the table…yours looks good too…


9 Asha May 3, 2007 at 4:15 pm

LOL @ *well behaving kids and no problem with hubby*! Those bring you down too,you are right:))

Medley is colorful and a great lift on a cloudy in UK that would be most of the year!;D
Enjoy Sunita and smile even when everything around you goes wrong!


10 trupti May 3, 2007 at 5:46 pm

aah..the UK weather…much like our NF one…but its all good….nature’s way of telling us to slow down, I guess.

Veg. Medley looks colorful, and so simple…I do love such kinds of dishes…without any spicy masalas and pastes.

Smile :)



11 sunita May 3, 2007 at 6:36 pm

Asha, I think you’re a great one at putting the smile on at all times…want to share the secret…I find it quite trying at times…


12 sunita May 3, 2007 at 6:40 pm

Trupti…in our day-to-day meals, this is the kind of dish that I usually serve…the ones with ’spicy masalas and pastes’ are usually had once in a blue moon when life needs to be spiced up a little…maybe during the weekend…


13 Roopa May 4, 2007 at 1:01 am

he sunitha cheer up girl:) i know it is easy to say my sis also always says the same when i talk over the weekend.

the medeley looks wonderfull.

Hope you all have a bright wheather during the weekend :)


14 Sushma May 4, 2007 at 2:17 am

such a simple and healthy recipe


15 sunita May 4, 2007 at 9:49 am

Hi Roopa,the gtrey patches are still there…your sis must be knowing it all too well…thanks and fingers crossed…


16 sunita May 4, 2007 at 9:50 am

Hi Sushma,thanks and nice to have you over…


17 Dilip May 4, 2007 at 1:01 pm

Great post…lovely dish too…thanks for sharing…


18 Sharmi May 4, 2007 at 1:06 pm

hey Suni, the template looks good. are they your kids work? cute!!
after so many cold boring days Sunny days are real happiness to heart.
the veg medley looks nice.


19 sunita May 4, 2007 at 1:11 pm

Hi Dilip, welcome to my world…nice to have you over…


20 sunita May 4, 2007 at 1:16 pm

Sharmi, thanks and as I write this, the sun has made it’s appearance…you’ve really brightened the day…as for the template, well, actually, it was me, trying to copy my daughter…she simply loves to draw…


21 Sukanya Ramkumar May 4, 2007 at 2:26 pm

Hi sunita..
Ur medley looks nice….Superb picture…….


22 Sandeepa May 4, 2007 at 3:31 pm

Lovely medley Sunita..so it got cold again ? Do you walk the kids to school that must be such a pleasure


23 sunita May 4, 2007 at 4:27 pm

Hi Sukanya…thanks…it tasted good as well…simple flavours…


24 sunita May 4, 2007 at 4:30 pm

Sandeepa, thanks…yes, it did get cold again …and no, I don’t walk the kids to school… all three of us take our bikes…there’s a lovely cycle path near our house which stretches all the way nearly to their school…no main roads…and we make the most of it…


25 DEEPA May 4, 2007 at 4:59 pm

Hey sunitha ….great weather and nice recipe..beautiful pics


26 DEEPA May 4, 2007 at 5:19 pm

Very colorful recipe …Nics pics tooo


27 sunita May 4, 2007 at 5:22 pm

Thanks Deepa…nice to have you over


28 Vcuisine May 5, 2007 at 1:18 pm

This is my routine side dish. Nice presentation. Viji


29 sunita May 5, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Thanks Viji…don’t you love it…


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