We are starting the second week of BM#45 and I opted to make one of my favorite themes, Side dishes - focused on North Indian style. Well, people from the south have this strange way of clubbing the entire northern part of India from where we are, as North India. Even knowing that each state has its own different cuisines, we can't but club it together.
So I know it's a big injustice to tag so many wonderful unique cuisines under one umbrella. Let me just say that I have been short-sighted. My simple three dishes are in no way representative of the vast cuisines we have. However, these are simply my own interpretations of the different cuisines I have tried.
For day 1, I have this simple, yet such a delicious side dish that gets served in the restaurant, the ever famous Kadai vegetables. I am not always tempted to order anything other than paneer dishes, most times. However, the times when my friends end up ordering this dish, I have looked at the contours with great interest, to understand what actually goes into Kadai types.
I am not really sure how the name got struck, you have Kadai Paneer, Kadai Mushroom, and yes Kadai Vegetables, where you have a medley of vegetables being featured. What basically stands out is the way some of the vegetables get added. The capsicum, onions are mostly as cubes.
And not fully cooked, they are still crunchy. So when I had an opportunity to talk to one of the chefs on this dish, when I was visiting a restaurant kitchen, I was told that this dish gets assembled very quickly, cooked on a Kadai, with vegetables being given a quick stir.
The rest of the masala is pre-cooked during the day, and the gravy or semi-dry is just assembled when the order is placed. So depending on which type is ordered, it is quickly stirred together and served. I am assuming that the vegetables used are also according to the season. And yes I had to add paneer to this. Though I don't think they traditionally add paneer cubes in restaurants to the vegetable version.
I served this with Paratto for dinner, however, I know it tastes so delicious with Naans as well.