Recipes: Vegetarian

Curry and Rice, together is nice!

As I rushed to enter the lobby of my condo this morning after a short trip to the convenience store, it suddenly dawned on me how cold it’s been lately. Just yesterday I could swear that we had to crank up the air-conditioning in order to get a good night’s sleep. And today, BAM! Summer’s disappeared and we are wrapped in warm clothes piercing the cold winds.

Mixed Vegetable Curry

It’s no surprise that when it’s cold out, you want to come home to warmth and comfort. And what better way to get cozy that with a big pot of curry simmering on the stove. Personally, I love the season of Fall. The warm colours, endless cups of warm frothy coffee, fresh baked pies, and curries. Yes curries!

In my home, it’s a known fact that throughout the months of September and October, you will always find a big pot of rich creamy goodness perched up on my stove-top. Friends know that when they drop by, they will undoubtedly be served rice topped with ladlels of curry glory. Indeed, there is something very soothing about digging into a bowl of rich, spicy gooeyness.

I love playing with the many flavours available and sometimes even surprise myself by trying out something so unconventional that ends up tasting as one of my best creations ever. This dish was one with similar tale to tell. And as I go in for a second helping, I wonder how come I didn’t think of it before.


Prep time: 15 min, Cooking time: 15 min | Serves: 4  

  • 1 cup Paneer, cubed
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, baby corn, mushrooms, mixed peppers)
  • 1 cup potatoes, diced
  • 1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large tomato, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 green chilles, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp plain yoghurt
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • water, as needed
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped for garnish
  • HEAT oil in a large pot and add cumin seeds, allowing it to sizzle. Add onions and fry till it begins to turn pink. Add tomatoes and ginger-garlic paste and cook for a few minutes till it begins to pulp.

    ADD potatoes, salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder, and stir to coat well. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes.

    MIX in yoghurt and stir till spices blend well. Add paneer, mixed vegetables and a cup of water. Cover cook for 8-10 minutes till potatoes turn tender, stirring occasionally. Feel free to add more water if desired.

    GARNISH with fresh coriander leaves and serve warm over rice, with a side of Papad and Mango Pickle.

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    September 10, 2007 at 5:58 AM

    Yummy looking curry. I am generally not so fond of all veggies mixed up into one dish, but yours looks really worth a try.

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    August 29, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Hi!-enjoying your website and cool recipes and mouth watering pictures!!. As I am a malaysian living in the US – i can understand the feeling of “Must have” authentic comfort foods that we grew with 😉

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    January 9, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    I love the colors and pictures of food that you cook and ofcourse the recipes as well. Was just going through your blog and thought to tell you that you do an amazing job.

    Thanks for sharing your creations with us.


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    October 14, 2006 at 3:36 PM

    Hi Meena,

    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. I really was excited since yours was the very first comment!:-))You are right, till I started checking out the blogs I didn’t even know half the great dishes that the Indian subcontinent boasts of. Thanks so much for your encouragement.Also I tried your noodles last week and it turned out great!

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    October 9, 2006 at 2:11 PM

    Great write up….the curry looks delicious.

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    October 6, 2006 at 8:38 PM

    Yummy! Looks perfect for a fall evening! Thanks!

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    October 5, 2006 at 9:12 AM

    Looks so delicious!! Nice pics…thx for sharing

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    October 3, 2006 at 11:00 PM

    it looks very delicious.perfect picture.thanks for sharing.

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    Pria Balasubramaniam
    October 1, 2006 at 12:46 AM

    Meena – It looks so delicious. I just had lunch and now I am hungry again just looking at the picture. I can’t wait to try it out. The new look is nice too.

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    September 28, 2006 at 3:51 PM

    all of your recipes look so yummy yummy, just want to taste it Meena

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    September 28, 2006 at 11:12 AM

    I know exactly how u feel abioout the fall. Wonderful looking curry with all those veggies and spices, it beats fall blues. thanks.

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    September 27, 2006 at 1:08 PM

    Your description of the curry is enough to chase the chills all the way here in Newfoundland….and trust me, its cooold here. The picture looks great and this is going on my must try list over the weekend!


    Wow! Newfoundland huh? I’ve heard horror stories of how vold it gets there! I hope you and your family are gorging on lots of spicy curry dishes, Trupti! Though it does get quite cold here in ontario as well, I do love the winter evenings for all those wonderfully warm and comforting dinners that just drive the blues away. I sure hope you’ll try this pout and love it. Do let me if it keeps you warm! 🙂

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    September 27, 2006 at 5:39 AM

    Sounds delicious. I usually make this with just paneer and peas, occasionally adding new potatoes with their skin, but will certainly try it with the rest of the veggies. Though I add more tomatoes – it makes for a richer gravy. The picture looks yum. Thanks!

    I usually make a richer gravy when I want to enjoy my curries with warm rotis. But for this, I was serving it with rice, and I just love my curry-drowned rice! Try adding more veggies to it other than just potatoes and peas, Leela. It certainly brings in much more flavour! Hope you enjoy it !

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    September 25, 2006 at 11:36 PM

    Mouth watering photo! And the recipe sounds simple yet delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    I’m sure you’ll enjoy this recipe Chandrika, it simply delish! Do try it out and let me know. 🙂

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    September 25, 2006 at 3:22 PM

    mixed curry looks very yummy. You are right, with the weather changing, I am craving spicy food. Beautiful picture!

    Thanks Mandira. I guess what we miss in the atmosphere, we look for in our food, and comfort food is what I crave all winter!

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    September 23, 2006 at 10:11 AM

    Hi Meena,

    These last two entries of yours have really got my mouth watering — such lovely photos and the recipes sound delish. I love fall too — when you feel that little change in the weather and the rain starts washing leaves down it’s time for a pot of soup indeed. This fall I will be trying more curries I’m sure. Thanks for sharing these!

    Fall is the definitely the best season to enjoy curries, Linda. I love the earthy smells it brings to home together with the wonderful colours outside. Truly a fulfilling experience!

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    September 22, 2006 at 4:02 PM

    Beautiful photo and recipe! Love your site, glad I found it 🙂

    Thanks for dropping in Nicole. Let me know how you like the recipe if you decide to try any of them. Glad you enjoyed your visit! 🙂

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    September 22, 2006 at 2:06 PM

    Lovely pic and a great recipe. Love anything with paneer. Thanks!

    Thanks Hema, I’m a big Paneer fan too and manage to get it into my meal plans atleast once each week! 🙂

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    September 22, 2006 at 12:10 PM

    the picture looks great..thanks for sharing

    Thanks Meena.

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    September 22, 2006 at 9:13 AM

    Curry and Rice, everything Nice!! 🙂 YUMM!!!! I agree, great pics!! Thanks!!

    Thanks Asha, I do hope you’ll enjoy every spoonful.

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    Saffron Hut
    September 22, 2006 at 8:41 AM

    mmm….curry and rice. I have to agree that this is a fantastic combination, especially when the weather turns cold! great picture!


    It’s definitely a great treat for cold days! I especially love my curries on the spicy side to drive those cold spells away! 🙂

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