One of the cornerstones of Indian home cooking is a simple stir-fried vegetable preparation commonly known as subzi (Hindi) or the bhaaji (Marathi). It can be made with one vegetable, or a duo (aloo gobi, or potato cauliflower is a classic example) or a medley. Far from being a side dish, it is the center of the everyday lunch or dinner plate, to be rolled up in a roti, or eaten with dal-rice or yogurt-rice. I love stuffing leftover subzis into a sandwich or a quesadilla.
My sister gave me an Instant Pot for my birthday nearly 3 years ago and I quickly embraced it as the workhorse of my kitchen. Among its many uses, I find that the Instant Pot (or any electric pressure cooker of this sort) makes excellent subzis- in minutes, with very little supervision, and with the vegetables cooked until just tender.
The general method is simple:
1. On saute mode, heat a bit of oil and add spices (some combo of mustard seeds, cumin, coriander, turmeric, red chili powder, one of the masala mixes like goda masala or kitchen king masala) and aromatics (some combo of ginger, garlic, onion, curry leaves) for tempering and flavor.
2. Add diced veggies and just a bit of water. I generally use fresh veggies but some frozen veggies like green beans work well.
3. Turn off saute mode and pressure cook on HIGH- 3 minutes seems to be my magic number for veggies that are tender but not mushy.
4. Release pressure immediately.
|Cabbage subzi made with the |
general method above
|Frozen green beans subzi|
- 1 medium onion, sliced finely lengthwise
- 1 russet potato, peeled and cut in small dice
- 1/2 head of cauliflower, cut in small dice
Turn Instant Pot to saute mode. Heat 1-2 tsp. oil and temper it with mustard seeds, asafetida, curry leaves, ural dal and chana dal.
Add onions, turmeric, salt, small dab of ginger garlic paste, either finely minced green chillies or red chili powder (your choice, for heat), and coriander cumin powder. Saute for a couple of minutes until onions are translucent.
Turn off saute mode. Stir in diced potato and cauliflower and 1/4 cup water.
Pressure cook on HIGH for 3 minutes. Release pressure immediately.
Because the veggies are cut in small dice, they will be very tender. Mash the veggies roughly. Let cool and use as dosa filling.
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Dosa and dosa-related recipes make a frequent appearance on One Hot Stove.
- I have a recipe for OG potato masala in this crispy dosa post.
- If you're looking for something different, try this kale and butternut squash masala dosa filling.
- This post has a discussion of types of dosa and a recipe for Mysore masala dosa.
- Here's a quinoa dosa.
- This post has a trio of dosa-adjacent recipes including Udipi sambar.
- Another dosa formula and a recipe for onion chutney.
- Finally, a recipe for golden adai in the vitamix.