Saturday, March 24, 2007

Having fun with turnips :)

Thats right-i have always had fun with turnips :). Though my concept what makes "fun" in this case has changed over the years. As a child, i would have it raw, but never cooked! but mostly the fun part came from playing catch n' throw with turnips :)), and later, by helping out with drying the turnip slices for making dried vegetable garlands (meant for storage: read Anita's post for more fun info). And the most fun part was saying the Punjabi name for this vegetable "Gonglu" :). Its also known as Shalgham (Punjabi and Hindi), but Gonglu sounds fun, doesn't it! Say it again, yeah-GONGLU :).



Over the years, i learnt to appreciate different vegetables (and life's come a full circle-its my friends children now, who make face while eating different vegetables).

Turnips haven't been given their due in popular cuisine (i mean restaurant cuisine)-just imagine how popular turnips would have been if there were some dishes like makhni shalgham or shalgham butter masala :)). But home style Indian cuisine(s) do value turnips-sample Kashmiri cuisine (pings Anita) and Punjabi food e.g. Today, i'll share two traditional Punjabi recipes using turnips. They are both very simple to make, sans any frills.

Bur before we start, we must ensure that we use only fresh turnips. As they age, turnips accumulate very hard fiber. If you are having difficulty chopping them, then you would rather use them for making baked crunchies (Jugalbandi). I often face disappointments while searching for the freshest turnips!

Recipe 1: Gonglu-Aloo di sabzi (Turnips and potatoes)
We need:

  • Two-three fresh turnips
  • One-two potatoes
  • 1/4 red onion-chopped
  • 1 tomato-chopped (optional)
  • Jeera
  • Salt, turmeric and red chillies
  • Oil (1 tbsp.)
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Lime/lemon juice
  • A tsp. ghee
Heat oil in a pot-splutter jeera, saute' onions and add tomatoes and cook. Now add turmeric and red chillies. Add chopped shalgham and potatoes. Mix and add suffiecient water to cover. Bring to boil on high heat. Now cover the pot and cook on low heat till the turnips are tender. Add a pinch of sugar, lime/lemon juice and we are good to go! NO GARAM MASALA!


Serve with hot chapatis and pickle, after topping the sabzi with just a lil' bit of ghee (the 1 tsp. is for the whole pateela/pot) :). It also goes rather well with rice or pulaav/ I had this with pulaav (jeera, spring onions, peas and carrots) and home-made green chillies pickle. Tomatoes are optional, infact traditionally not included, but like the color, so i add them.



Recipe 2: Ghotvein ('n' nasal) gonglu: Mashed and gravied turnips

Almost the same ingredients, but no tomatoes and potatoes at all. Omit onions too, if you want-it would still taste divine. Just slow cook them and keep mashing as you stir inbetween cooking. Instead of one pinch of sugar, add more sugar, chopped red/green chillies (i had the ones that turned red), lemon juice and serve after drizzling with ghee.


THIS IS THE GONGLU RECIPE :).

The first recipe is to entice and convert turnip non-eaters (potatoes invite even the fussiest of kids-am talking based on how i became a shalgham fan) and the second one is YUM anyway!

PS: Almost all my cooking uses one tbsp (sometimes even 1tsp.) oil without compromising the taste-so a ghee drizzle (1/4 tsp. or less; only for aroma) isn't too bad.

I'll be back with: Ghiya kaddu vali chholyaan di daal (Ghia-chane ki daal).

82 comments:

Richa said...

kidda?

nice homely recipes.
sadde vadde masiji bada jabardast gobi-shalgam da achar pandene, my fav shalgam dish.

thanks!

Anita said...

I am the lone shalgam lover in my family :( Somtimes they just sit inthe crisper and go stale... :( My everyday (Kashmiri) subzi is very like your second recipe. In fact, it is just sliced shalgam sauted in a little mustard oil, green/red chillies like yours, salt and water! Pressure cook. Voila! Lunch is ready in 10 min. Again with dahi and batta!

musical said...

Hi Richa,

Ekdum vadhiya-tusi sunao.

That gajar-gobhi-shalgham da achaar recipe is next on my list :). I am looking out for good quality turnips-softer and fresh :). Will hopefully post that soon :).

Anita, i know-shalgham hasn't gotten the due, despite such yummy homestyle recipes. Really, i dunno' why? i have been through that phase of not liking gonglu and tinda!! Do we really have to work on another recipe-may be!! i am already thinking in that direction. How about making a shalgham variation of al-yakhni :). or tschok-turnips :). or shalgham koftas and shalgham burji. Really, i am gonna' try some of these.

bee said...

gonglu in punju, gogji in kashmiri. whatever you call it, i love this veggie.

musical said...

hey bee, joing the club dear :).

and to talk of it at some point in life, i was on the other side of the fence ;).

trupti said...

what a lovely meal, Surili..y'know, I am going to call you that from now on.

Turnip and I don't get along that well...lekin..ek baar phirse koshish karungi, tumne itni acchi recipe jo dih hai. I like the look of your pulao too, spring onions in it is a nice touch.

Lassi-vassi dikh nahi rahi...don't tell me yaar, ke tum nahi peeti-arey, lassi yaar.

Looking forward to your ghia-chana daal sabzi.

musical said...

Trupti, phir se try karo :). Try till you develop a taste for it ;).

You've enough inspiration-at one point i too was, "oh, turnips-achaar ke saath chapati will be fine".!

Lassi, he he-you are right! I am a mutant Punjabi-no, plain doodh and lassi for me-needs flavoring! Thats why i use buttermilk for making idlis and khichris and what not :)
(BTW, i tried your corn-chevdo with lassi-it rocks!).

BTW, while commenting on Richa's upma post i found that there are other upma lovers too :)-wanna start an upma fan club ;).

Cheers,
surili.

Asha said...

Hi M! Thanks for letting me in!:))

I love Turnips! In fact,I just posted a dish in Aroma,the other blog, with Turnips with Masoor dal.

Dish looks gorgeous.Tussi great ho pyari behna!:D

trupti said...

Upma Fan club?? SIGN ME UP!

musical said...

Hey Asha, am glad you are turnip lover-am gonna check out that dish-it sounds too good :).

Thanks for the compliment :).

Hey Trupti, you are already in for "Upma Club" ;). If you like upma, you are an upma fan-and if you are fan, you join this club automatically :)).

Sia's corner said...

what is this upma fan club thing?
my first visit to ur blog musical. highly recommended by trupti(do u pay her high or is he ur PR?;)
glad to find u though. now i can cook punjabi dhaba istyle food:) but cant promise on turnip though. like ur friend's kiddies i too make face when it comes to this veggie:) may be i am still a kiddo myself:)

musical said...

Hey Sia, Welcome to my lil' kitchen.

Trupti is just generous.....

There's always a kid hidden within us -and i am a kiddo too :).

Uma club, just a joke-most of my friends happen to be Upma fans-just goes along ;).

trupti said...

teri ghian ki sabzi kahan gayi, saari kha gayi kya? Just kiddin' :)

haha, read your mail...woh silly comment delete kar diya? Don't blame you...some people, Jeez.

musical said...

I thought of posting the recipe y'day-but it got too late and then spent more time listening to some music (Rahul Sharma, what else).....so you get the picture :)). Will post it today.

Nahin re, that comment isd still up there-its there in the second post!

Richa said...

haanji?
kitthe o?
aajkal najar nai aandey? wknd ki kitta? kuch movie-shovie? i saw 'black friday'

trupti said...

hehehe....Will send you some more tracks this week...I've got you and Supriya (sia) hooked on RS.

trupti

musical said...

Hey Richa, how did you like the movie. I know i am lazy in posting-but had some stuff to take care of.....ghiya dal will be there today, i promise :).

BTW, i saw "Reign over me" on Friday :).

Trupti, send me something from White-i can not find it in Vcast music :(

I know, I never looked beyond Pt. Sharma.....actually these days i am liking "White" more than any other Santoor piece.....

Richa said...

movie was ok. dikhaya haega kis tarah loki dharam de naate' use karke pher sutt dende ne'. more of a documentary, specially when you alredy know everything @ it. i didn't find it all that gripping.

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