indian vegetables

Indian vegetables(VEG FOOD) – The pride of India

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Introduction

Indian vegetables give you all the nutrients you need for daily consumption. Low in fat and rich in energy, vegetables will be giving iron, vitamins, carbohydrates and protein when taken daily. Michael Gregger once said and I quote, “We should all be eating fruits and vegetables as if our lives depend on it – because they do.”

India provide a wide range of vegetables which you can enjoy every other day without getting bored. As we all know, India has a huge population who is vegetarian. The diet depends on vegetables only and surprisingly, it is fulfilled. You can have a them at any corner in any city of India. Vegetable carts will be coming to your place on wheels if you live in any society.

Vegetables are a staple for every Indian and it is something that should be present for every meal. Being an Indian, you must know how much we love our vegetables! The country generates a lot of revenue by farming vegetables as it is appreciated globally. Vegetables are an identity of Indians as it is loved worldwide.

 

Indian vegetables and the economy

India is one of the world’s largest producer of vegetables. That makes India create a lot of GDP by exporting vegetables. According to a data, India generated  610 million US dollar in 2019 by just exporting vegetables. It also feeds billions of resident in India that results in heavy return of money.

The farming industry gets a huge advantage as they get employment. Along with that, the fertilizer factories bloom with their business creating more jobs. Not only that, the transporters who carry the vegetables from villages to cities are benefitted. The vegetable vendors are given an opportunity to earn.

 

Native Indian vegetables

There are a lot of vegetables that India produces but some grow here solely. Those vegetables include, brinjal, ginger, bitter gourd and drumstick (Sajjan ki phali).

 

Indian vegetables name

Locals of India have kept the name of their choice when it comes to vegetables. But, how do the people living outside India will get to know about what vegetable is in the talks? So, here are a few examples of Indian vegetables with their English name:

  • Lauki – Bottle gourd
  • Karela – Bitter gourd
  • Chukandar – Beetroot
  • Guar phali – Cluster beans
  • Methi – Fenugreek leaves
  • Palak – Spinach
  • Tinday – Indian squash
  • Parwal – Pointed gourd
  • Turayi – Ridged gourd
  • Hathichak – Artichoke

 

Indian vegetables and their pictures

  • Potatoes (Alu): One of the most eaten vegetable in India. Potato can be used in mixed vegetable, transformed into bhaji that can be eaten with pav. It is one of the most essential vegetable in India.

potato indian vegetables

 

  • Brinjal (Bengan): Made with a mixture of spices, it is loved all over the country. With it’s attractive purple color, Bengan is loved by many Indians

Bengan indian vegetables

 

  • Bottle gourd (Lauki): Comes in so many shapes, Lauki is a fix for summer meal. It provides the cooling effect you need in hot days of May.

Bottle gourd indian vegetables

 

  • Cauliflower (gobhi): The most important part of mix veg, one has to love cauliflower! It gives an uplift to the dish and makes it memorable.

 

cauliflower indian vegetables

 

  • Ladyfinger (Bhindi): Full of fiber, bhindi gives you bag full of nutrition.

Bhindi,lady finger indian vegetables

 

  • Bitter gourd (Karela): The name might leave a bitter taste in your mouth but you need to have it. It is full of vitamin C which helps building immunity.

 indian vegetables bitter gourd

 

 

Indian vegetables recipe

Who does not love a good dish made with Indian vegetable? Imagine waking up and knowing that people have stopped eating vegetables! Sounds scary, right? Well, it’s a thing you should not worry about because no one can stop eating vegetables. Reminiscence your childhood when you used to come home and saw a dish full of mix veg with rice. How good was the feeling? Yes right, it is indescribable and you want to keep on experiencing it.

This place will prove to be a blessing for any vegetable lover. With so many recipes being provided, every meal will become enjoyable and good.

 

Mix vegetable – Most loved Indian vegetable

Indians are so familiar with mix veg as it is available almost everywhere! You can go to a street food cart and will find mix veg. High class restaurants will be providing with mix veg but of course with a fancy name. The truth is that the combination of all the vegetable makes it a perfect meal for everyone.

Getting that delicious taste you find in any restaurant might be a difficult task. A lot of question arises like, how do they make it so delicious? Which spices they use? How do they get the vegetables to cook so well? Worry not! We got the authentic recipe for mix veg which will make you go wow!

How to cook

You need to have these ingredients and follow these steps to make it perfectly:

  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Capsicum
  • Carrots
  • French beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Ginger- Garlic paste
  • Cumin seeds
  • Garam masala
  • Turmeric powder
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Water
  1. In a big skillet, heat up the oil.
  2. Add cumin once the oil is heated. Let the cumin crackle and give off a good aroma.
  3. Mix in the chopped onions and cook them until they get golden brown.
  4. Get that freshly made ginger – garlic paste and mix it in. Keep on cooking till the garlic-y smell fades.
  5. Now, it’s time to add the tomatoes. Turn down the heat as tomatoes might stick to the bottom of the pan. Sauté for a couple of minutes and let them soften.
  6. After the mixture gets well cooked, sprinkle the spices. Mix them very nicely so they incorporate well.
  7. Put in the potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, French beans and capsicum. Pour in some water and let it cook on low to medium heat.
  8. After 7-10 minutes, take off the lid and add salt or spices if you feel. Make sure that the vegetables are cooked through. You should keep on checking them in between so they do not burn.
  9. Enjoy the perfect mix veg with chapati or rice!
Note

You can add fried paneer if you want to. It will give variation and make the dish more delicious.

 

 indian mix vegetables

 

Bengan bharta – Spicy Indian vegetable

Originating from North India, this dish is eaten across thee country. Punjabis have made this dish so tasty by adding spices. There are a few things you need to make sure when you make Bengan bharta:

  • Choose the eggplant which is light in weight as it will be soft from the middle.
  • If you roast the eggplant directly over fire. check it by the help of a knife. It should be completely cooked from the inside.
  • Be careful if there are any holes in the eggplant, worms might have invaded.

How to cook

Follow this recipe and steps to make an irresistible Bengan bharta:

  • Eggplant (Bengan) – Make sure to pick a dark purple big one.
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Green chilies
  • Red chili powder
  • Salt
  • Oil
  1. To roast the eggplant properly, you need to wash it first.
  2. Cut from the top in all four directions. Try to check and make sure that there are no worms in it.
  3. Over medium flame, roast the eggplant. Rotate it so that the heat divides properly and it gets cooked fully.
  4. When you feel that it is roasted through, check it with a fork or knife and keep aside.
  5. In a frying pan, heat up the oil.
  6. Chop the onions and fry them in the oil till they get brown in color.
  7. Add the tomatoes and sauté them until they get soft and lose shape.
  8. While the tomatoes cook, get the chilies in and cook through.
  9. Once the oil starts to separate, sprinkle the chili powder and mix well.
  10. Now add the roasted eggplants. With the help of a masher, mash the eggplant well.
  11. Continue cooking for 4-5 minutes on low heat. Check the salt and add according to your taste.
  12. Piping hot Bengan bharta is ready to tantalize your taste buds!

 

bengan Indian vegetables

 

Undhiyu – Gujurati Indian vegetable recipe

 

Having a lot of vegetables but not too difficult, Undhiyu is one of the best Indian vegetable dish. It does not take too much time as you can make it in a pressure cooker. It attracts the health conscious community as it does not have too much oil. If you are visiting India, this is a must try dish! But don’t lose hope! The authentic recipe for Undhiyu is here at your service.

How to make

You will need a large pot or a pressure cooker to execute this delicious meal. The ingredients and steps are as follows:

For prepping vegetables
  • Indian beans (Surti papdi)
  • Pigeon peas
  • Baby eggplants
  • Baby potatoes
  • Sweet potato
  • Purple yam
  • Raw banana
  1. String the Surti papdi and wash them well.
  2. Wash all the other vegetables and keep them aside.

 

Making Methi Muthiya
  • Fenugreek leaves (Methi)
  • Gram flower (Besan)
  • Ginger – Garlic paste
  • Green chili paste
  • Turmeric powder
  • Cumin powder
  • Red chili powder
  • Coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Baking powder
  • Lemon juice
  • Water
  1. Chop the Methi leaves and mix them with gram flour (Besan).
  2. Add baking soda and all the spices and salt. Mix them well in a large bowl.
  3. Pour in the water to make a mushy mixture and give them a circular shape.

 

For green masala
  • Grated coconut
  • Coriander leaves
  • Sesame seeds
  • Ginger – garlic paste
  • Crushed green chilies or green chili paste
  • Turmeric powder
  • Red chili powder
  • Coriander powder
  • Cumin powder
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  1. In a bowl, take grated coconut and add coriander leaves.
  2. Add the ginger – garlic paste, green chili paste and all the spices.
  3. Mix well then add salt and sugar.
To fill the vegetables
  1. Make slits on the baby potatoes and eggplants.
  2. Stuff the masala in them.
  3. With the remaining vegetable, you can cook it with the leftover masala.
To temper the Undhiyu and cook it
  • Carom seeds (Ajwain)
  • Cumin seeds
  • Sesame oil
  1.  In a large pot or pressure cooker, heat up the sesame oil.
  2. Add the cumin seeds and carom seeds when oil gets hot.
  3. It’s time to add the Surti papdi and pigeon peas.
  4. Put in half of the leftover coconut masala.
  5. Now, you have to make layers. First will be of the beans. Then, cover it with purple yam and top it with raw banana and sweet potato.
  6. Sprinkle the rest of the masala on top of it.
  7. Place the potatoes and eggplants on the top.
  8. Pour in a little water so it stays soft.
  9. Place the Methi muthiya as the last layer.
  10. Close the lid of the cooker and let it cook for 10 minutes.
  11. Open the lid and mix it well to see if it has cooked well.
  12. Serve it with hot puris!

 

Indian vegetables recipe

Indian vegetables near me

You can find Indian vegetables anywhere. Walk to the local market and you will see a lot of options. Go into a supermarket and a wide range of Indian vegetables will welcome you.

You can also find them online on so many websites. So, you do not have to go anywhere and enjoy them by just ordering them through your phone.

 

Final verdict

Indian vegetables are surely the most popular vegetables of the world. You can go to any corner of the globe and you will find Indian vegetables there. The recipes made with them are extremely delicious and worth trying. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try one of these recipe and be amazed! You will surely fall in love with Indian cuisine and will want more.

Frequently Asked Questions

The vegetables mainly found in India are, potatoes, ladyfinger or okra, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, ridge gourd (turayi), French beans and a lot more.

Best veggies for Indian food are cauliflower (gobhi), peas, turnip (shaljam), bitter gourd (karela), fenugreek leaves (methi) etcetera.

The vegetable eaten most in India are Potatoes.

Flat beans or "Surti papdi" is known as Indian beans.

Onions usually originated from Pakistan and Afghanistan but is eaten widely in India. Jain is the caste that does not eat onions.

Bael is the fruit that is only found in India. It is grown near the Himalayas.

Indian vegetables are a powerhouse of good nutrients. They should be taken in every meal.

"Sajjan ki phali" is known as the Indian drumstick.

They usually eat lentils (daal) with any vegetable for dinner. They also eat Rajma, dish made with beans for dinner.

India provides a lot of options when it comes to good food. If you are a vegetarian, you can have mix veg, Undhiyu, cholay bhature. If you prefer eating non-veg dishes then you can go for, butter chicken, mutton qorma, chicken biryani and kebabs.

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