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Vegetable Chettinad (spicy curry recipe + Video)

Vegetable chettinad is a flavoursome and aromatic curry from chettinad cuisine that is well known for its culinary delicacies.

Marvalous and delectable chettinad cuisine from southern state Tamil Nadu has gained popularity worldwide for its intense flavour and complex blend of many well-balanced flavours. Spices used in the dishes are considered as the most defining aspects of this cuisine. Though the spices used in different dishes are all same, the aroma, flavour and the taste they offer to dish is extremely different.

veg curry in a pan with coriander leaves rice in a bowl

Authentic chettinad masala

To make this curry I have used authentic homemade chettinad masala that uses various dry roasted aromatic spices blend into a powder. Chettinad masala is an essential spice blend used in chettinad cuisine that provides intense flavour to the dish and one can feel the pronounced depth of flavours and aroma.

Check out chettinad masala recipe in this blog, the spice blend that I have used in this curry.

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Vegetable chettinad – a perfect curry night recipe

If you are planning to host a dinner party, do try curry night theme. Planning theme ahead make meal planning so much easier and allows you to spend more time with friends and family in party. To host a successful curry night party important step is meal planning.

Let’s say you choose to go for a 3 course meal, start with poppadums with dips (Yogurt Mint sauce , sweet mango chutney) and simple onion salad. For 1st course (starters/appetisers) go for options such as Potato 65, Pineapple stuffed paneer tikka, for 2nd course choose scrumptious main course dishes such as this incredibly delicious vegetable chettinad curry, Paneer Jalfrezi, accompanied with plain basmati rice or simple Jeera Rice and naan/roti. For 3rd course choose decadent desserts such as Basundi, or just a simple Fruit salad with ginger lime dressing.

This party menu is guaranteed to take your taste buds on a journey where each mouthful sings a magical ‘WOW’ note and your guests come back to you asking for the recipe and ideas to host a curry night party.

So let’s see how to make vegetable chettinad curry in detail with process shots and video.

Ingredients

Vegan, Glutenfree

1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml

Oil: 4tbsp

Cumin: 1tsp

Dried red chillies: 2, broken

Green chillies: 1, chopped

Curry leaves: few

Onion: 2 medium, chopped

Tomato: 1 large, chopped

Ginger garlic paste: 2 tsp

Carrot: 3 medium size (1 cup slices), cut into 2 inch long slices

Beans: 14 (1 cup slices), cut into 2 inch slices

Green peas: 1/2 cup,

Potato: 2 medium (1 cup cubes), cut into cubes

Turmeric: a pinch

Chilli powder: 1 tsp

Chettinad masala: 2 tsp

Salt: as required

Water: 1.5 cups

Coriander leaves: Handful

Instructions

Heat oil in a skillet or deep bottomed pan over medium heat, add cumin and let it crackle.

Now add red chillies, curry leaves and sauté until red chillies release strong aroma.

Add onion, sauté and cook for 2 minutes or until onions are soft and light brown stirring occasionally.

Now add ginger garlic paste, green chillies, sauté well and cook until raw aroma of ginger garlic vanishes.

Add tomatoes, sauté and cook for 2 minutes or until tomatoes are soft.

Now add vegetables, turmeric, chilli powder, chettinad masala, salt, mix until all ingredients are well combined.

cooking vegetables and spices in oil in a pan

Add water mix well, close and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are completely cooked.

Finally add coriander leaves, mix well and turn off the heat.

add watersaute and cook vegetables and add coriander leaves

Serve incredibly delicious vegetable chettinad curry with rice, chapathi, naan.

veg curry in a bowl holding in hand

Notes

Adjust chillies and chettinad masala to suit your palate.

Feel free to use cauliflower, cabbage or any vegetables of your choice.

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Vegetable Chettinad (Vegan spicy vegetable curry)

Vegetable chettinad is a flavoursome and aromatic curry from chettinad cuisine that is well known for its culinary delicacies.
Marvalous and delectable chettinad cuisine from southern state Tamil Nadu has gained popularity worldwide for its intense flavour and complex blend of many well-balanced flavours. Spices used in the dishes are considered as the most defining aspects of this cuisine. Though the spices used in different dishes are all same, the aroma, flavour and the taste they offer to dish is extremely different.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: curry, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
Author: Geetha Priyanka

Ingredients

Vegan, Glutenfree

    1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml

    • 4 tbsp Oil
    • 1 tsp Cumin
    • 2 Dried red chillies
    • 1 Green chillies chopped
    • few Curry leaves
    • 2 medium Onion chopped
    • 1 large Tomato chopped
    • 2 tsp Ginger garlic paste
    • 3 medium (1 cup slices) Carrot cut into 2 inch long slices
    • 14 (1 cup slices) Beans cut into 2 inch long slices
    • 1/2 cup Green peas
    • 2 medium (1 cup cubes) Potato cut into cubes
    • pinch Turmeric
    • 1 tsp Chilli powder
    • 2 tsp Chettinad masala
    • Salt as required
    • 1.5 cups Water
    • Handful Coriander leaves

    Instructions

    • Heat oil in a skillet or heavy pan over medium heat, add cumin and let it crackle.
    • Now add red chillies, curry leaves and sauté until red chillies release strong aroma.
    • Add onion, sauté and cook for 2 minutes or until onions are soft and light brown stirring occasionally.
    • Now add ginger garlic paste, green chillies, sauté well and cook until raw aroma of ginger garlic vanishes.
    • Add tomatoes, sauté and cook for 2 minutes or until tomatoes are soft.
    • Now add vegetables, turmeric, chilli powder, chettinad masala, salt, mix until all ingredients are well combined. 
    • Add water mix well, close and simmer for another 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are completely cooked.
    • Finally add coriander leaves, mix well and turn off the heat.
    • Serve incredibly delicious vegetable chettinad curry with rice, chapathi, naan.

    Video

    Notes

    Adjust chillies and chettinad masala to suit your palate.
    Feel free to use cauliflower, cabbage or any vegetables of your choice.
     

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