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जैन सब्जी़ ग्रेवी की रेसिपी , जैन ग्रेवी - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Jain Subzi / Gravies recipes in Hindi)
જૈન સબ્જી વાનગીઓ, જૈન ગ્રેવી રેસિપિ - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Jain Subzi / Gravies recipes in Gujarati)

Jain Sabzi Recipes, Jain Gravy Recipes

Jain Sabzi Recipes, Jain Gravy Recipes, Subzis and gravies are an everyday affair for Indians. There is an ample variety in that department but it is harder for Jains as they do not eat some vegetables. People who follow Jainism do not consume any root vegetables and many green leafy vegetables too. Many Jains do not follow this rule exactly as they eat all vegetables except onions, potatoes and garlic but we have still mentioned a few examples of ingredients that Jains avoid. This list is not exhaustive but is indicative.  

Quick Paneer SubziQuick Paneer Subzi

List of foods that are not consumed by Jains

  1.  onions
  2. Garlic
  3. Green ginger and Turmeric
  4. Yams
  5. Carrots
  6. Bambo Karela
  7.  Radish
  8. Funghi (mushrooms)
  9. Tubular vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes
  10. Green Leafy Vegetables like coriander, spinach, methi, cabbage, cauliflower greens and Dill leaves are avoided during the monsoon season.
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Many seeded vegetables like  Brinjal
  13. Pods of many trees including banyan tree, pipal tree etc
  14. Yeast
  15. Alcohol

Jainism is based on the concept of "Ahimsa" which means non-violence. All the food consumed by a Jain is meant to cause least disruption and hurt to other organisms and "jivas" in the world, both visible and microscopic. For example – the reason for avoiding any vegetable that grows underground is that to procure such a vegetable, an entire plant has to be uprooted which causes unnecessary death of such a plant which is against the principles of Jainism and ahimsa.

Cucumber Chana DalCucumber Chana Dal

Many seeded vegetables like eggplant (baingan) are avoided as they are considered to be the carriers of new life, owing to the fact that they have many seeds. Even though not all Jains shun eggplant, this is the general thought process behind eliminating such ingredients. Similarly, green leafy vegetables are also avoided during "chaturmaas" ie a holy observance period coinciding with the monsoon season, as the chances of mistakenly eating micro-organisms increases.

Corn Korma, Veg Makai KormaCorn Korma, Veg Makai Korma

Jainism believes in the concept of live and let live. It is all for protection of all types of organisms and promotion of sattvik lifestyle. Another reason is that all the foods we consume reflect on our behavior. Certain other things that are avoided by Jains observing a strict diet is the mixing of raw milk and pulses or eating leftover food the next day. All these rules have the same reasoning of non-violence and balanced lifestyle behind it. Even though these rules exist, not many adhere to it strictly as they only avoid onion, potato and garlic. Strict observance is not forced, but is encouraged.

Green Peas and Raw Banana Subzi, Matar Aur Kacha Kale ki SubziGreen Peas and Raw Banana Subzi, Matar Aur Kacha Kale ki Subzi

Even though it might seem like jains do not have many options, but in fact they have many options too!  Just the simple mix of vegetables with humble spices and tadkas, make for delicious subzis. Not a day passes in the Indian kitchen without preparing at least one subzi or gravy to accompany rice or rotis, so here I am going to mention a few of our favorite jain subzis and gravies.

Chawli Bean SubziChawli Bean Subzi

Quick Jain Subzis

  • Quick Paneer Subzi - Delicious Jain-style vegetable that is uses basic ingredients like paneer, tomato, capsicums and spices like coriander and cumin. Because the subzi is so simple, it brings out the flavors of all the ingredients.
  • Chawli Bean subzi – This unique Chawli Bean Subzi is sure to please your palate with its exciting sweet, sour and spicy flavor. Since it does not utilize any root vegetables, it can be had by jains.
  • Kele ki subzi – Even though jains use a lot of raw bananas in their recipes, they also make subzis with ripe bananas and a simple tadka.

Kele ki Sabzi, Banana Subzi
Kele ki Sabzi, Banana Subzi

Unique Jain Subzis

Dishes can be prepared using a lot of tomatoes, apt spice powders and raw bananas instead of potatoes. A few recipes can even be made with unique ingredients like gathias, rotis and hara chana. Many Gujaratis even like interesting combinations! Kela Methi Nu Shaak recipe, with a rare combination of mildly-bitter methi and pleasantly-sweet bananas, brings out the best in both the ingredients. 

Roti Nu Shaak, Roti ki Sabzi
Roti Nu Shaak, Roti ki Sabzi

  • Ganthia Nu Shaak – This unique subzi is easily made when you are out of the basic vegetables at home. The slightly tangy flavor from the curd compliments the saltiness of the gathias.
  • Rotli nu shaak – It is common to have roti with subzi, but have you ever thought of making subzi out of rotis? This is not only a very different way to eat it, but is also really simple to make.
  • Peru ki subzi – Just how you can add vegetables, you can also add fruits to subzis. Guava cubes are flavored with chilli powder, turmeric, mustard seeds and other spices to bring it together.

Rasawali Jain Subzis (Jain Subzis with Gravy)

Gujarati subzis do not usually have a thick gravy but some do have a thin gravy. Some of these delicious recipes are

Sev Tameta, Rasawala Sev Tameta
Sev Tameta, Rasawala Sev Tameta

  • Sev Tameta – This is an easy to make, sweet and tangy subzi that is very famous in the kathiawaad region. It hardly requires 5 to 6 ingredients and turns out absolutely delicious.
  • Gavarfali ki subzi -  this preparation of cluster beans and curd is an absolute winner. Once you try it, this fibre and folic acid rich subzi will become a frequently repeated menu item.

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Kele ki Sabzi, Banana Subzi
Recipe# 40790
27 Feb 19

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by Tarla Dalal
The Banana Subzi has an awe-inspiring sweet-and-spicy flavour! Despite the unbelievable simplicity of this recipe and the super-fast procedure, the Kele ki Sabzi has a very enjoyable flavour, which will be loved by all. It is also very convenient to prepare, because it makes use of common temper ....
Jain Pav Bhaji  (using Raw Bananas)
Recipe# 40058
26 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
If you thought Pav Bhaji cannot be made without potatoes, then this recipe will be an eye-opener for you. Made with raw bananas and other vegetables spiced up with red chilli paste and pav bhaji masala, this delicious bhaji tastes as wonderful as the original, especially after you garnish it with le ....
Kela Methi Nu Shaak ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 597
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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An interesting life is always a tasty blend of happiness and joy! this recipe, with a rare combination of mildly-bitter methi and pleasantly-sweet bananas, proves this point yet again. Elders of the gujarati community usually like recipes such as kela methi nu shaak where contrasting flavours comple ....
Sev Tameta, Rasawala Sev Tameta
Recipe# 4341
16 May 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Sev Tameta is an easy to make, sweet-tangy Gujarati subzi made by tempering tomatoes with cumin seeds and curry leaves. Deep-fried vermicelli made using gram called as sev is added to give a crispy texture to the subzi. Add the sev just before serving to a ....
Jain Pav Bhaji ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes )
Recipe# 33424
08 Apr 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Jain pav bhaji, there is something for everybody on the streets of Mumbai. Those who do not eat potatoes, onions and garlic do not have to go home hungry! Pav bhaji is made for jains using mashed peas and tomatoes. If you enjoyed this recipe of Jain Pav Bhaji, then also check our other
Gavarfali ki Subzi ( Healthy Subzi)
Recipe# 6406
02 Mar 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Traditional vegetables can be cooked in contemporary ways, and vice versa. But, sometimes the olden favourites remain our golden choice! Time can tarnish neither the flavour nor aroma of this Gavarfali ki Subzi, a simple preparation of cluster beans cooked in a curd based gravy. Once you try it, thi ....
Tendli Cashewnut
Recipe# 264
23 Sep 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Both tendli and cashewnuts are favourites along the south-western coastal regions of india, especially in mangalore. Tendli cashewnut is an interesting subzi that combines both. Simply flavoured with just a seasoning of mustard seeds and red chillies, this recipe ensures that all the focus is on the ....
Cucumber Chana Dal
Recipe# 7534
05 Apr 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
You might have tried preparing chana dal and cucumber in the form of gravies, but this unique dry subzi made with the same combo is unbelievably tasty and sure to delight you with its crispy texture. Cooked simply with minimal spices, this Jain -friendly Cucum ....
Quick Paneer Subzi
Recipe# 7532
21 Nov 07

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 by Tarla Dalal
A delectable blend of flavours and textures makes this Quick Paneer Subzi a great hit! This Jain recipe features cottage cheese cubes, capsicum and tomatoes perked up with a simple yet aromatic powder of coriander and red chillies. Apart from the fact that this lip-smacking subzi uses minimal ingred ....
Pineapple, Capsicum and Tomato Sabzi
Recipe# 1579
24 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here comes a chunky subzi with a tangy taste that will tickle your taste buds! The teamwork of pineapple, capsicum and tomatoes produces an excellent mix of flavours and textures, ranging from crisp to juicy and tangy to spicy. Carom seeds and sesame seeds along with a couple of spice powders ....
Cabbage Poriyal
Recipe# 4366
11 Mar 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Poriyal is any dry vegetable preparation flavoured with generous amounts of fresh grated coconut. Cabbage tempered with mustard seeds and dry red chillies makes a delightful accompaniment to any South Indian main course.
Corn Korma, Veg Makai Korma
Recipe# 1573
14 Jan 17

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Quick and easy but absolutely tasty, the Corn Korma is a special treat that will be please everyone! It has a unique mouth-feel that is soft and luscious, as it is made with grated corn. The corn is perked up with green chillies and a paste of coconut and pepper, as well as a tempering of mustar ....
Ganthia Nu Shaak ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 604
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Although this unusual dish is typically a jain preparation, it fits well into any gujarati menu as the gujaratis simply love ganthias! since it is made with a readymade snack, ganthia nu shaak is ready in a jiffy and is ideal for those days when you need to cook in a hurry, or when you open the frid ....
Chawli Bean Subzi
Recipe# 22208
13 Jun 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This unique Chawli Bean Subzi is sure to please your palate with its exciting sweet, sour and spicy flavour. With tamarind, jaggery and chilli powder, not to forget a quick and traditional tempering, the fiber and iron-rich chawli bean becomes a tangy treat that you will love to munch on! Use th ....
Dhania ki Subzi
Recipe# 1733
21 Feb 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Even when you have not had time to go to the market, the chances of having a bunch of coriander in your refrigerator is very high, because it is a very commonly used ingredient. So, here is a whacky subzi that you can prepare with this everyday herb. While the use of coriander gives it a zesty, herb ....
Roti Nu Shaak, Roti ki Sabzi
Recipe# 22483
21 Jan 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Everybody loves to have rotis with subzi, but have you ever thought of making a subzi out of rotis? Well, here is an innovative recipe that involves cooking a mixture of rotis and curds with spice powders and tomatoes. The outcome is a tangy subzi that is simply awesome. The Roti nu Shaak is e ....
Tinda Aur Saunf ki Subzi, Round Gourd and Fennel Vegetable
Recipe# 22485
21 Jan 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
While this dish does have other spices and seeds, saunf is undoubtedly the hero of the show! It proves itself as a perfect flavouring for tinda. Fennel seeds are used generously in this Tinda aur Saunf ki Subzi, both in the tempering as well as in the special tomato-based masala paste. You wil ....
Green Peas and Raw Banana Subzi, Matar Aur Kacha Kale ki Subzi
Recipe# 7536
21 Nov 07

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Green Peas and raw banana subzi is a simple preparation of raw bananas and green peas tossed together with grated coconut, coriander, jeera and other such flavour enhancers. It can be prepared in a jiffy since both raw bananas and green peas cook quite fast. Although the recipe sounds very sim ....
Vatana Makai Nu Shaak (  Jain Recipe)
Recipe# 7537
21 Nov 07

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Um, the magic starts with the simple tempering of cumin seeds and proceeds right through till the addition of soft and succulent coconut. Indeed, the Vatana Makai nu Shaak is one of the most flavourful ways to prepare green peas and sweet corn. While capsicum and tomatoes add volume and flavour to t ....
Hare Chana and Cauliflower Baked Dish
Recipe# 1061
16 May 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Hara chana and cauliflower, both ingredients that feature frequently in Indian cooking, come together in an innovative new form. Layers of sautéed cauliflower, hara chana and white sauce are topped with cheese and baked till the cheese melts and the flavours emerge strong. Hare Chana and Cauliflower ....
Peru ki Subzi
Recipe# 6435
23 Mar 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Just as veggies find a place in juices, fruits also find a place in subzis! In fact, fruits like papaya and guava combine very well with savoury spices, and the resulting sweet-sour-spicy preparation is very exciting to the palate. In Peru ki Subzi, fibre-rich guavas come together with vitamin A ric ....
Spicy Chole
Recipe# 7533
21 Nov 07

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This Spicy Chole draws from the goodness of all the aromatic spices in your masala dabba. It is so sumptuous and rich, you will not even realize that it has no onions or potatoes in it! While bottle gourd contributes to the consistency of this special chole preparation, an intense powder of varied s ....
Sindhi Kadhi (  Jain Desi Khana)
Recipe# 7548
21 Nov 07

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Sindhi kadhi showcases a rare combination of vegetables like corn, cluster beans, drumsticks, ladies finger and bottle gourd in a tamarind-flavoured gravy perked up with a wide range of spices and powders. It is indeed a delightful preparation that is sure to satiate your taste buds and your tummy!
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Jain Subzi / Gravies
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 on 13 Feb 19 11:36 AM


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