Every now and then you come across a masala or spice mix that really blows you away with its aroma and flavours. The Bezar spice mix that I made last week is among those. The house smelt wonderful while I was roasting the spices, so much so that my neighbour knocked on the door to ask what I was making! It remineded me of those popcorn advertisements you see on TV.
Anyway, the masala smelt so good and I was tempted to make something with it right away. I made a very simple mixed vegetable stew where the flavours of this mix shines through. I added nothing else to the stew that would mask the taste of the Bezar mix – no red/green chilies, no ginger, no onion or garlic either!
I added lots of water as I was looking for a light watery stew. You could mash a couple of potatoes and/or some of the other vegetables used for a thicker gravy. I paired the stew with rotis. The stew would also work very well with bread/bun/pav – the bread will sop up the liquid pretty easily.
Make the spice mix yourself at home and make this stew too. You could replace the Bezar in this stew with any other masala or your choice – Baharat, garam masala, pav bhaji masala, dabeli masala or even sambhar powder! You could also vary the vegetables with your choice of vegetables or whatever’s available in your kitchen.
I aI’ll keep the post short and take you to the recipe right away.
Vegetable Stew with Bezar spice mix
(Serves 4 –
Tomato – 4, diced
Potato – 4, diced
Cauliflower – a few florets
Green capsicum – 1, diced
Red capsicum – 1 (small), diced
Carrot – 1, diced
Bezar spice mix – 2 tsp
Jeera/cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Oil – 1 tsp
Heat oil in a pressure cooker or saucepan and add cumin seeds
Add tomatoes when the cumin crackles
Add two cups of water and all the other vegetables once tomatoes turn mushy
Add bezar spice mix and salt. Give a rough stir
Close the pressure cooker and cook for one or two pressure cooker whistles depending on how mushy you want the vegetables
If using a saucepan, cover saucepan it with a lid and cook till vegetables turn soft enough
Stew’s ready to serve!