Sweet & Spicy Vegetables


Some added nuts & raisins/craisins crushed into a coarse powder, transforms vegetables from boring to delightful. An uncomplicated & adaptable recipe, this allows you to use any vegetable in any combination you want. Do not groan hearing vegetables… for this is a real lovely way to enjoy them. A teensy bit sweet, a lot spicy & the slight tang, along with the aromatic spices turns them into a delectable side dish.

The slight sweet in this dish is not the overwhelming sweet that would overpower the tastebuds & comes not from sugar or any other sweetener. The little amount of raisin/craisin used here add that very subtle tinge of sweet, more like a balance of taste…



  1. 1 Big Potato. Peeled & cubed
  2. 1 Small Cauliflower, florets broken into medium pieces
  3. 2 Carrots, cut into strips
  4. 20 French Beans, whole
  5. 1 Bell Pepper/Capsicum, cut into strips
  6. 1/2 Cup Sprouted Moong
  7. 2 Green Hot Peppers, like Serrano or Thai Bird – slit vertically
  8. 1/2 Onion, Chopped
  9. 1 inch Fresh Ginger, peeled & grated
  10. 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  11. 2 Cloves
  12. 2 Cardamom
  13. 1 Teaspoon Turmeric
  14. 1 Teaspoon Chilli powder (More or less)
  15. Salt
  16. 1/4 Cup Craisins or Raisins
  17. 1/4 Cup Almonds
  18. 3 Tablespoons Oil
  19. A Squeeze of Fresh Lime


In a flat large bottomed pan or a big skillet dry roast the cardamom & the cloves till fragrant. Add the oil, & when the oil is hot ( it will shimmer), add the cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds start to sizzle, add the Onions, Hot Peppers & the Ginger. Stir fry at medium heat till the onions are soft.

Add all the vegetables, moong, salt, chilli powder & turmeric. Toss & fry till all the oil & the spices coat the vegetables – for about 6-8 minutes. Add 1/2 Cup of water & tightly cover it & cook in the steam.

In the mean time,  roughly dry grind the Almonds & the Craisins/Raisins. It should be a coarse powder.

Uncover & check if the vegetables are cooked. They should be crisp tender. If not, sprinkle a few spoons of water & cover & cook for some more time.

Add the Almond & Craisin/Raisin Powder to the veggies. Cook while tossing gently till the powder evenly combines the veggies & the remaining water dries up. Make sure the veggies still retain their shape & do not get mushed up.

Increase the heat & fry for another 5 minutes. Squeeze some fresh Lime Juice & toss.

Serve warm with Rice or Bread as a side dish.


Enjoy your Vegetables!

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