Saturday, June 6, 2009

Jain Vegetable Makhanwala, an award and a QUESTION

Being Gujarati I am very much familiar with Jain cuisine, though m not jain but i do have lots of friends who are, infact majority of my gujarati friends are jain. Jain cuisine is purely vegetarian without potatoes, onions and garlic. My food is incomplete without onions, i use them in almost every dish especially gravy based curries so making jain gravy based curry is always a challenge but not impossible. For today's post I have made simple and creamy Jain Vegetable Makhanwala. The curry is delicious and i didnt even feel that something was amiss, it was perfect. Do try this out and experience for yourself.
Ann from Happy and Healthy Cooking as passed "One Lovely Blog Award", my dear I am so touched and honored, thank you so much for thinking of me. I am passing this award to all my blogger pals, please accept and keep spreading love!!!
Now for the question...I have been trying to decide on which to take Blogher or Foodbuzz advertising from a long time now..still havnt figured out..I have seen majority of you have Foodbuzz advertisements featuring on your blogs and some of you also have Blogher. I would request you all to share your experiences with each, if you have tried both, which one do you prefer and why, this will really be helpful for new comers. Please leave your comments or you can also email me. Sending this dish to RCI:Jain Cuisine, guest hosted by PJ of Seduce Your Tastebuds, an event started by Lakshmi of VeggieCuisine.
Ingredients: 1 cup boiled vegetables (cauliflower, peas, capsisum, french beans) 3 medium tomatoes quatered 2 green chillies 1 tsp ginger paste 10-12 cashewnuts 1 tbsp poppy seads (khus khus) 1 tbsp oil 1 tsp cumin seeds 2 bay leaf 2 dry red chillies broken 3 cloves 3-4 cardamon crushed 3-4 whole pepper 1 pinch of Asafoetida 2 tbsp fresh cream 1 tsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp garam masala 1/2 tsp pav bhaji masala 1 tsp sugar Salt to taste Procedure:
  • Grind together tomatoes, cashewnuts, poppy seeds, green chillies and ginger paste into a fine paste preferrably without water.
  • Heat oil, add in cumin seeds, cloves, dry red chillies, bay leaf, cardamons, asafoetida and whole peppers.
  • As seeds start to splutter, add in the tomato paste and cook for 2 mins.
  • Now add in turmeric, garam masala, pav bhaji masala, salt, sugar and fresh cream.
  • Cook for 5 to 6 mins on medium heat, add little water if required.
  • Now add in the boiled veggies and cover and cook for another 2 mins.
  • Serve hot with rotis or parathas.

70 comments:

  1. this makkhanwala dish looks gorgeous.....u mentioned u are a gujju , do you have any cluster bean (gowar) recipe made gujju or jain style......looking forward to try that.......

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  2. WOwow wat a gorgeous dish..looks too rich..Personally i prefer foodbuzz Parita...Congrats on ur award:)

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  3. Wow, I can never imagine cooking anything without onions or garlic, that thought has been bowled over by this dish...looks so delicious...I must try it soon :) Your can enroll in Foodbuzz in you want to, they seem pretty impressive.

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  4. I used to cook with a lot of onions and garlic, but over the past year or so, do so less and less and don't miss them. I do sometimes enjoy potatoes, but not on a regular basis. This sounds like a dish I would really enjoy.

    I would highly recommend foodbuzz. The community is quickly growing and they have a rather impressive website. I have received little gifts in the past too (business cards, an apron for example) and monthly revenue.

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  5. the gravy looks too good..

    i enjoy being a foodbuzz publisher. they send occasional food products to taste, and their pay is also good.

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  6. Looks very delectable. Parita the above comment is from my Son. The picture & dish should also looks nice & rich.

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  7. Wow that looks really yumm....Nice gravy and color..

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  8. and congrats on ur award dear.

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  9. Lovely dish and that too without onions... Looks so rich! Awesome...

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  10. mmm. curry looks so rich and gorgeous. Toooo tempting :)

    I like Food Buzz too :)

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  11. Looks creamy n rich! I prefer foodbuzz. Pretty good ! U get contacts from several foodies n a good pay too!

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  12. simply superb and yes some times with out onion and ginger garlic satvik food makes so comfort.actually I like satvik food curry looks creamy and yummy parita.
    my choice is foodbuzz.

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  13. looks awesome..so creamy n rich..

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  14. sorry..i have no idea abt food buzz or other ...you tell me once you decide :)

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  15. Interesting recipe without onions and garlic.
    I have no experience with Blogher, but I have very good experience with FoodBuzz and would gladly recommend it to anybody. Foodbuzz has decent rates, so I recommend to check and compare the rates. Plus Foodbuzz provides enormous information about food, blogging tips, photography etc. You get good exposure too.

    Good luck with your decision Parita!

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  16. hi parita,
    I always maintained that Jain cuisine really awes me for the simplicity and health benifits. The makhanwala recipe is so fuss free and easy on the stomach, shall keep this recipe dear thanks.
    Sorry I wouldn't contribute any suggestion to ur query coz I have no experince in the same :)
    All the best for ur decesion.
    Happy weekend
    TC

    Oops...Congratulations on the cute looking award! God Bless

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  17. congrads on your award Pariii..its really cute.. :)
    this dish looks yummy Pari..im drooling here.. :)

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  18. a nice recipe without onion n garlic .... looks so creamy n delicious :)

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  19. CONGRATULATIONS :)
    I'm so happy for you..
    And I'm super new to blogging, so I cant offer any advice, but I'd love to hear what others have to say. Seems most like FoodBuzz

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  20. Congrats on your award!

    Veggies look yum.

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  21. This looks really yummy !!!! :-)

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  22. parita, good ques.. i had the same question so was going thru ur comments to see other reactions.what are u deciding on?

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  23. Thats soooooo very tempting...Yummy..u know what..i am just already signing up the pages for foodbuzz ;)

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  24. Looks creamy and yummyyy .. lots of vegis making it healthy too ....Congratulation for the award Parita.

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  25. Congratz on your award...Looks delicious and rich..

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  26. Congrats on ur awrd Parita..i can't imagine cooking without onions and garlics..Veg makhanwala looks so rich and delicious..i prefer foodbuzz like others

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  27. Congrats dear. You deserve it,you have a lovely blog. Also the makhanwala looks so creamy and colorful.

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  28. Congrats for the award..! Lovely dish too!

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  29. Congrats for the award..! Lovely dish too!

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  30. Hey Parita, congrates for the award!! Curry really looks creamy and rich.

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  31. gravy looks so yummy..good one..

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  32. Congrats on your award ! This curry looks delicious.

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  33. Looks yum....Congrats on ur award sweety...and I use only foodbuzz and find it okie...

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  34. Oh wow simply yum recipe....looks drool worthy....

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  35. Looks yummm, congrats on ur award!!

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  36. congratulations on the award.Vegetable makhanvala looks delicious

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  37. Good one! Loved the red pepper swirls too!

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  38. Jain cuisine seems interesting. Good for intestines i guess:)
    Foodbuzz.... u need to sign a contract on a paper and mail to them.
    Blogher ... till now no idea.
    I am with Buzzlogic. It is good for me. Just google and enroll for buzzlogic . its that simple.

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  39. Yum, looks fantastic! Very cute blog - I just subscribed :)

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  40. I lived a year or so in an apartment complex built by Jain community with a temple inside. Must say I enjoyed the food they prepared and I was always present in their festivities to gorge on all the foods...ahem..
    Your recipe looks perfect and will be back here now as I have blogrolled u...thanks for coming by mine :)

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  41. Awesome curry Parita! Looks rich n delicious. As you said its really challenging to make something without onions! Congrats on your award :)

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  42. congrats on the award...:D
    im generally fond of garlic, onions and potatoes so wen i cook i add lots of all these ingredients...but i have eaten food prepared without one or all of these ingredients... and it tastes just as good...as im sure ur sabzi did!

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  43. have heard about this cuisine, and yours - Gujarathi too.. nice looking curry!

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  44. wat an apt name for the dish! looks gr8

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  45. Congrats on your award.Jain cooking is also good when we take food to mandir(temple).I do not know if you are aware of this as temples usually have food without onions and garlic.So a good point to be taken from your recipe.Thanks for sharing a nice recipe.

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  46. this dish looks yummo Parita, congrats on ur award!

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  47. I love this curry, and I heard Satvic food has a healing power too :)
    About Foodbuzz - I'm not so aware about the Ad' contracts. But I like geeting good ideas and recipes there.

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  48. Lovely curry the colour is so appetizing and the sauce sounds soooooo good!

    I also sometimes do not cook with onions or garlic - I did not know there was a name for it, thank you for teaching me something new. :-)

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  49. All those spices and nuts should make up for the missing onions and garlic,I wonder why Jains avoid onion and garlic,is it the strong odors ?

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  50. Thanks for this recipe without onions and garlic. I have a jain friend and whenever i want to cook something for her i find it difficult. I will definitely make it for her soon..

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  51. Thanks for this recipe without onions and garlic. I have a jain friend and whenever i want to cook something for her i find it difficult. I will definitely make it for her soon..

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  52. Looks yummy!!! Congrats on ur award :)

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  53. love the way u have marked bullets..interesting.
    the dish..i love it!!

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  54. hi parita, like you most of the dishes that too gravies i use onions and now a days lot of garlic too.., thanks for this recipe must try this, looks so yummy and congrats on your award!

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  55. Parita..something is awaiting you in my blog at: http://myexperiencewithcooking.blogspot.com/2009/06/ghee-roasted-plantainsand-award.html

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  56. That is a great recipe. cooking jain food, is pretty much a challenge & I really appreciate that they do wonders with the limitations they have.

    You have asked my question. I have foodbuzz since last oct/nov. I am happy with it. But recently i had been exploring a little bit into BLOGHER.. for now i think they are not taking new sign ups, thats what i heard.. but i think their rates are a little bit higher, i mean they pay us a little bit more than foodbuzz.. also with BLOGHER i think you get to pick your own ads..

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  57. This is a great recipe, I have been wanting to put some Jain recipes for a long time. As for your question we went with Foodbuzz because it seemed to be better and we could also see their rates as opposed to Blogher. It has been good to find the contacts and see what others are doing. Because we are in the UK we don't get the food samples but we did get some business cards with our name and our blog address, which is handy if you want to advertise or let people know what your are up to. Hope this helps.

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  58. Awww can i get some...my fav one! Rich and gorgeous...thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  59. wow, without onion and garlic! something different.

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  60. Your curry looks delicious. We have nothing to complain about Foodbuzz and I would highly recommend it to you.

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  61. Lovely :-) I cook without onions and garlic quite a bit

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  62. Wow...great recipes...i like this healthy recipe..will try this soon

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  63. Wow...great recipes...i like this healthy recipe..will try this soon

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  64. hi! join in the EFM-Breakfast and Variety Rice Series going in my blog!

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  65. This looks excellent, lovely veggie dish! I'm pretty attached to Foodbuzz, besides the advertising, there are many other opportunities for the featured publishers.

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  66. Dear Parita, Thanks for the recipe. I love Jain food for its simplicity yet healthy and nutritious.
    Also these days running out of side dishes, will sure try this.

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  67. Such a beautiful presentation and the dish looks great ....I don't like garlic much . So try to avoid most of the time .

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  69. You have a very nice blog Parita with delicious recipes.

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