Punjabi Subzis, Veg Punjabi Sabji
The subzis of Punjab are not simple accompaniments! Even the easiest of their subzis are tongue-tickling delights with a rich flavour and luscious texture. They tend to be quite heavy too because of the ungrudging use of ghee, cream and other dairy products, which is what makes them so tasty too! Treat your palate to all-time favourites like Peshawari Chole, Malai Kofta, Mutter Paneer Butter Masala and Palak Paneer. Spices like garam masala, kasoori methi and carom seeds are used generously. The subzis are often accompanied with tandoori flatbreads and a glass of lassi/chaach.
Punjabi food is in many ways influenced by Peshawari style of cooking. Peshawari Chole is one of the many delicious dishes from Punjab with the hint of the Peshawari style of cooking. You can also make Peshawari Subzi or Peshawari Paneer and relish with hot naans.
Punjabis even love semi-dry preparations like Shalgam ki Subzi, Kathal ki Subzi using indigenous vegetables like turnip and jackfruit. The vegetable is combined with commonly-available spices, spice powders and other ingredients like onions, tomatoes, ginger, and so on.
Basic Punjabi masala and gravies
The moment you think about Punjab, you can imagine its folksy heritage, robust lifestyle and flaming fields. Punjabis are often considered hardcore non-vegetarians but, the state has amazing vegetarian delicacies too which are popular all around the globe. Stock up your kitchen shelf with this easy-to-make Punjabi Garam Masala and use it while preparing Palak Paneer, a highly nutritious combination of spinach and cottage cheese with a blend of spices.
Basic Makhani Gravy and Kadai Gravy can be prepared and stored in the deep freezer. While making the subzi using the stored gravy, thaw and use it as per the recipe. The combination of Kofta works really well with rich Makhani gravy of butter and cream. Deep-fried succulent Paneer palak, malai or potato kofta work together to create an irresistible treat.
Famous Punjabi Subzis
Rajma and Sarson da saag surely top the list of popular Punjabi food. The luscious gravy made using kidney beans is flavoured with a wide range of ingredients like ginger and green chillies to tomatoes and onions, spices and masala powders too. Rajma tastes best with chawaal. Come winter and Punjabi households smell of this aromatic Sarson ka Saag that is typically served with Makai ki Roti. Mustard leaves have a unique flavour that is mildly bitter but quite pleasing to the palate.
Boiled chickpeas flavoured with a mix of spice powders and cooked to perfection makes Chole a great option for a hurried meal. It is also the main component of famous street chaat delicacies like Chole Samosa Chaat, Chole Tikki Chaat and Chole Bhature.
The North Indian section of any restaurant menu is incomplete without the mention of Mixed Vegetable Subzi, a gravy of tomatoes, onions and cashew nuts with a horde of colourful and juicy vegetables. Methi Malai Mutter, a creamy, sweet subzi made using green peas and methi leaves. Paneer Makhanwala and Lehsuni Paneer Palak Subzi are other rich flavoured gravies made using succulent, soft paneer. Apart from the rich gravies, Aloo Methi and Sukhi Bhindi are some mouth-watering dry subzi preparation.
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