Tuesday, August 14, 2012

ALOE VERA CURRY (Rajasthani)

(Cooked without skin)

Aloe vera plant is well known for its medicinal properties.These days it is used in health and cosmetic products. Ever thought that it could be eaten as a vegetable too. In Rajasthan it is known as Gwaar Paatha and a delicious curry is made with this.
The tender ones can be cooked without peeling and if you get a nice fleshy one you can remove the outer skin and make the curry with the jelly like fleshy part.


                                                              (Cooked with skin)

Ingredients:
Aloe vera leaves ..... 2
Mathania lal mirch powder ... 1/2 tsp.
Coriander powder .... 1 tsp.
Asafoetida ............... a pinch
Fenugreek seeds ..... 1/2 tsp.
Aniseeds ................ 1/2 tsp.
Amchoor powder .... 1/2 tsp.
Jaggery .................. 1/2 tsp.(a small piece)
Black cardamom ...... 1
Star anise ............... 1
Cinnamon stick ....... 1 inch piece.
Tomato puree ........... 1 tbsp.
Yogurt ..................... 1 tbsp.
Salt ................... to taste.
Oil .................... 2 -3 tbsps (preferably mustard oil or ghee.

Method:


1. Peel and cut the aloe vera leaves into cubes. If it is tender you can even cook it without peeling.



2. Boil them for 2-3 minutes with salt. Drain and set aside.



3. In a pan heat a little oil and add the whole spices.Now add the asafoetida, red chilli powder,jaggery, salt and coriander powder. Add a little water and put the aloe vera cubes.Simmer for 2-3 minutes.



4. Mix the beaten yogurt to the curry and keep stirring on medium flame for 1-2 minutes.


Note: If you don't have Mathania lal mirch use Kashmiri chili powder to get the rich red colour.

32 comments:

  1. Never cooked with Aloe, very nice looking dish.

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    1. It tastes good too...I always thought aloe vera might taste bitter..but when I made the curry it turned out to be yummy.

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  2. wow..aloe in food..i use das a sking and hair mask...lovely dish....pics r wonderful.
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    1. Thanks Sanyukta...had a quick glimpse of ur blog too ..I must say amazing presentations...will see everything leisurely again.

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  4. Very healthy and yummy curry..

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  5. wow!i thought aloe was restricted to juice........this is really unique and tasty.

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    1. Yes Simran.. I made it for the first time too

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  6. Aloe vera!!! Wow..new recipe..inviting you to join in Fast food event - Noodles .

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  7. New to me... You are inventing new one. Congrats:)

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  8. Well, this is beyond cool. I've never even thought to cook with aloe vera. Neat! Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul!

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  9. Delicious Curry with aloe vera Shoba, nice thanks for linking with Hearth and Soul blog hop. I am highlighting this recipe on this weeks Hearth and Soul blog hop.

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  10. Wow...lovely culinary usage of aloe vera . Have always seen it as a beauty product and skin cleanser . This curry deftly looks flavorful

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  11. I am really surprised I never knew aloe vera could be made in a vegetable. I thought it was limited to juice. Thanks.

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    1. Yes, I was also surprised when I first heard. But it really tastes good

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  12. new and interesting curry with Aloe vera.. wow ..

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  13. This looks delicious. It's being promoted a lot as a superfood now. I have had smoothies with Aloe vera but not eaten it as a curry.

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    1. Yes Mina. Initially I was also skeptikal about cooking this. But believe me it wasn/t bitter as I imagines and tasted good.

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  14. Very nice.
    Was searching for this dish for a long time.

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    1. Glad to hear that. Hope you make and enjoy it.

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