Subzis are an essential part of any meal. Although there are accompaniments like pickles or chutneys that can do the job on a hurried day, a meal does nevertheless seem incomplete without a subzi to add health and taste to it!
If you understand the logic behind making quick subzis, you never have to go without it again. The idea is to use veggies and ingredients like spinach, corn, paneer, potatoes which cook quickly. If you need to cook in a hurry, you must stock up regularly on paneer, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, corn and green peas. Many of these easily cook in the kadai itself without requiring to be cooked separately. You can then quickly sauté these with a few common spices, and you’re done!
Even in the absence of elaborate and rich gravies, some subzis are very tasty and aromatic, because of the magic worked by the tempering. You can prepare some basic ingredients like tomato puree, boiled potatoes or even some basic gravies, and refrigerate them in handy-sized packs, so you can take out what you want, thaw it and quickly conjure up a tasty subzi. A microwave is also a handy tool that helps put together delectable subzis within minutes, as can be seen in the case of recipes like the Darbari Aloo Mutter Sabzi, which is quite a rich dish but prepared quickly and easily using the microwave oven!
Below is a collection of some of my favorite quick and easy subzi recipes that I look up to when I am in a hurry.