Experimenting with swede…

by Sunita on February 23, 2007

Swede is one vegetable which somehow or the other I have never gone around to cook. Walking down the aisle of the local supermarket, my eyes fell upon this lonely swede waiting to be picked up. I have never tasted this vegetable, so had no idea about it. Being in an experimental mood, I picked it up and brought it home with great gutso. While I was still toying as to how to go along,my eyes fell on the last few remains of soya chunks, which have been lying around for some time. That’s it!! I am going to make a curry of swede with soya chunks. And of I went…

I assembled-

1 medium sized swede (also known as rutabaga or yellow turnip), peeled and diced (it’s a tough nut to crack, so watch your fingers and the knife)
a handful of soya chunks, soaked in hot water
1 large onion, 1 inch piece of ginger and 4 cloves of garlic, blended to make a paste
1 bay leaf
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 whole red chilli
2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp tomato puree
2 tablesp cooking oil
salt to taste

How to-

Boil the diced swede till they are tender to the touch. Drain the water and keep aside.

Heat the oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds, whole red chilli and bay leaf. When they splutter, add the onion, ginger and garlic paste.

Add the tomato puree and the turmeric, chilli and cumin powders and stir till the water evaporates.

Add the boiled swede and soya chunks and stir for a couple of minutes.

Add a little water, cover and cook till the curry begins to thicken a little. Add the garam masala powder, stir for a few seconds and remove from heat.

Serve hot with rice , rotis or parathas.

I served the curry with vegetable parathas and I can tell you , no one complained at dinner time! Hooray !!

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandeepa February 24, 2007 at 6:42 am

What is this veggie, have not seen it here. The veggie dish looks great though


2 sunita's world February 24, 2007 at 1:51 pm

Hi Sandeepa,
The common American term for swede is rutabaga.It may also be known as yellow turnip in the US.Swede is a root vegetable and is a cross between the cabbage and white turnip.In fact it is easy to confuse swede with turnip, whereas they are quite different.Turnips are usually smaller, with purple on their skin and creamy white flesh. Swedes are larger, with tougher dark skin and orange-coloured flesh.Swedes are rich in vitamin A and, like many root vegetables, are a good source of minerals.

Hope you find this info useful!


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