The Ultimate Guide to Baked Vegetable Jalfrazi

Although this recipe is time-consuming in terms of preparation, it is worth putting the effort and time into it. Makes for a satisfying, nutritious and delicious stew meal. And not to forget, it’s a great way to get Nehal to eat his vegetables.

Be prepared for a good amount of chopping. I hacked and hacked and hacked! 🙂 You need to plan ahead by chopping the vegetables and mashed the tomatoes, but believe me, it’s worth it, and if you chop a little more vegetables, you’ll be ready for cooking another meal loaded with vegetables. I still had some chopped vegetables left after making the vegetable jalfrazi that I used to make Mexican rice. We had the jalfrazi with homemade bread, while my son had them with sesame buns.

Chopped mixed vegetables ~ Putting together vegetables, tomato paste and grated paneer

Very easy to put together. Finely chop mixed vegetables (carrots, baby corn, cabbage, green peas, onions, beans, cauliflower, tomatoes and peppers). Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a vessel with a heavy bottom, add onions and fry for 2 meters. Add the rest of the vegetables and fry for 7-8 meters. Add Kasuri methi (1 tsp), fresh coriander leaves (1 tbsp), salt and red chili powder to taste. Garam Masala powder is an optional ingredient and a big pinch can be added for those who like masala flavor. Mix well and set aside.

Blanch, peel and puree tomatoes for 3-4 meters. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a jar, add a little crushed garlic (3-4 cloves) and a chopped onion to it and fry for 4 meters. Add four chopped tomatoes and cook for 10-12 mts. Add salt, a large pinch of red chili powder and a teaspoon of jaggery. Turn off the heating and let it cool down. After cooling, mix to a fine paste. Set aside the onion-tomato paste.

Grate paneer (1/4 cup) and set aside. If you want a cheesy taste, use cheese instead of paneer.

Take an oven-proof square glass baking mold. Spread a layer of the sauteed vegetables, then spread a layer of the onion-tomato paste on the vegetables. Finally, sprinkle grated paneer or cheese on top. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 C for 10-12 m. Serve with bread or rolls.

This recipe is my contribution to the food blog event ‘The Saas, Bahu Aur Sensex Contest’ hosted by the beautiful Nags of Edible Garden to celebrate the spirit and individuality of Indian women worldwide.

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