Sunday, July 11, 2010

Gajar Ki Launji - गाजर की लौंजी (Sweet and Sour Carrot Curry)

Hello friends,

Here is the first crop of carrots from my garden. Isn't it beautiful? I did a mistake though. I did not thin the plants after they came out (didn't know I had to, so I am forgiven, right?). So, most of my carrots did not grow to its fullest strength as they had no space. But, nevertheless they were tasty and sweet :)


I am presenting you another one of my launji (Sweet and sour Rajasthani curry) recipes. You might have already read Methi Ki Launji, Kairi Ki Launji and Shimla Mirch Ki Launji recipes before :)

Gajar Ki Launji - गाजर की लौंजी (Sweet and Sour Curry of Carrot)



Ingredients
Gajar (Carrots) - 2 cups (chop them in 1 inch squares)
Kalonji (Nigella Seeds) - 1 tsp
Saunf (Fennel Seeds) - 1 tsp
Haldi (Turmeric) - 1/2 tsp
Lal Mirch (Red Chilli) Powder - 1/2 tsp (if you prefer, you can add chopped green chillies instead of red chilli powder)
Dhaniya (Coriander) Powder - 1/2 tsp
Amchur (Mango Powder) - 2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Cheeni (Sugar) - 3 tbsp (reduce or increase based on your palette)
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - as per taste
Preparation

  • Take a pan and heat oil in it.
  • Add both kalonji and saunf in it to splutter
  • Add chopped and slightly cooked carrot, haldi, namak, lal mirch powder and dhaniya powder to it fry for 2 min.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of water, cover the pan and let it simmer till carrot is cooked (not mushy, but cooked).
  • Add amchur, garam masala and cheeni to it and cook till cheeni is nicely dissolved. 
  • Make sure the launji is not runny, so please do not add any more water than needed. It is not a complete dry curry but not even a gravy curry, somewhere in between. It should be just that the sauce has coated the carrot pieces and not more than that.
Serving
Serve it with either roti/paratha or poori. This can be prepared and stored in refrigerator and used by warming, whenever needed. It can easily stay up in fridge for 2-3 weeks.


I am sending this to Healing Foods - Carrots event of Suma, started by Siri.


That's all for now. Take care till next post.

39 comments:

aipi said...

That's exciting..I too like to grow my own veggies in my backyard.. the carrots look so fresh and beautiful and the curry looks yummy :)

Jayashree said...

I am sure it feels wonderful to cook with veggies that you've grown. The curry looks good and the recipe is quite simple.

Sushma Mallya said...

wow what a click, so beautiful and really a worth trying dish too...

Neha said...

carrots form your garden look fresh and beautifu..sabji must be delicious

Krishnaveni said...

carrot from your own garden....great, different curry looks delicious

sowmya's creative saga said...

carrot is one thing which I use so extensively..should try thi s one..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

U know priya my Dad used to grow a big patch of carrots in our kitchen garden. SO I can imagine how happy u must have been to see these....Curry looks yummy

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Priya said...

Wow cooking with ur own veggies, awesome Priya..curry looks beautiful..

sweet Artichoke said...

Beautiful crop, congratulations! the curry looks delicious and so healthy!

jaisy said...

never heard this before looks yummy n colorful. sure will try soon. thanks for sharing

jaisy said...

never heard. its new forme thanks for sharing

Satya said...

its so exciting to make curry from own growing vegetable ...this launji looks wonderful ,heard a lot about this but never got chance to try it ,ur's looks yummy n tempting priya

Life is beautiful!!! said...

A very different recipe. Looks too gud and colourful.

Preeti Kashyap said...

This is such a wonderful recipe!!! I love it!

Priya said...

It's such a great feeling when you grow your own veggies and cook with it!The launji mkaes my mouth drool... Nice clicks!

Niloufer Riyaz said...

beautiful homegrown Carrots n Mouthwatering curry

Suja Sugathan said...

Wow looks very tempting..too good.

Umm Mymoonah said...

Lipsmacking carrot chutney, that's so cool that you have grow all your own veggies in your garden:-)

Swathi said...

Carrot looks good. It is always tasty when they are coming from our garden.

Priti said...

Nice one dear...looks very yum

PranisKitchen said...

really delicious carrot curry.. liked the sweet sour combination.. sure taste really yummy.. best with rice/chapathgi..

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Very beautiful color and looks so yummy dear...

Panchpakwan said...

Wow home grown carrots looks so fresh..deffinetly the cuury will be delicious..

Cooking Blog Indexer said...

This is a new recipe..looks beautiful...

Kiran said...

Home grown carrots sure look fresh and tasty and the launji looks delicious.

Sailaja said...

wow looks yummy. My kid loves anything with carrot. Will definitely try this recipe

Madhavi said...

Yummooo carrot dish :))

Rachana said...

Wow, must be really exciting to cook with home grown veggies! Launji looks lajawaab!

Jay said...

interesting yummy recipe...love to taste some..!

~ Lopa said...

woooow...this looks so so delicious, i am going to try it in very next meal!

Chetana Suvarna Ganatra said...

Priya m excited for u...I too luv growing veggies n herbs...sumtime back i harvested a bigbatch of potatoes...n tat was soo gratifying.
Liked ur recipe...specially the addition of fennel...bookmarking it.

SS blogs here said...

That's such an achievement!! Your first crop! Too good! :) The launji looks great. Nice pics too!

RV said...

This is a yummy and appetizing curry.

Pari said...

Wow dear, home grown stuff. Kool.
Launjis are so popular amongst the marwaris and I guess they can make launji with any vegetable, I remember my marwari friend saying so. Your's is looking so good dear, perfect with hot gheewala paratha...now am I not talking like a marwari. LOL

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

the first crop...wow priya..great job...love veggies fresh from the garden...lanuji looks gorgeous and tempting...we do add methi or mustard seeds in the preparation..looks mindblowing..would love with laccha parantha....yummo

archana said...

Wow, this curry is different, i am so tired of my carrot thorans and such that i am not making curries with only carrots in it anymore. Going to try this one. Thanks for the recipe.

Vani said...

This recipe sounds delightful! Am bookmarking it. thanks :)

Anna said...

Fantastic! Never thought carrot sabzi could be this delicious. Thank you very much.

Lucky Sign said...


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