Maharashtrian Style Bhogichi Bhaji Recipe - Mixed Vegetable Curry
Bhogichi Bhaji is a Maharashtrian Style Mixed Vegetable Curry which is made during festivals and is served along with delicious Rice Flour Bhakri. You can add vegetables in this curry according to your taste and preference.
Bhogi falls a day prior to Makar Sankranti. This festival is celebrated in the Month of January. This is the time we get many fresh winter vegetables like different types of vaal beans, brinjals, etc. in the market. Throughout India, this day is celebrated by different communities in their own ways and with their own special dishes.
In Maharashtra, it is on this day that Bhogichi Bhaji is prepared by many households and relished with Bhakris. But, each region here has its own version of this particular vegetable. The vegetables, as well as the spices used may differ from one community to another.
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If you like this recipe, you can also try other Maharashtrian Recipes for your Vegetarian Lunch:
- 150 grams Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant) , cut into chunks
- 2 Drumstick , peeled and cut into 3'inch pieces
- 1/2 cup Avarekalu / Lilva Beans
- 2 Potatoes (Aloo) , cubed
- 3 Onions , finely chopped
- 1 Tomato , chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
- 1 tablespoon Jaggery
- Salt , to taste
- 2 tablespoons Fresh coconut , grated
- Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , as required, for garnishing For tempering:
- 2 tablespoons Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
- 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
- 1/4 teaspoon Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds)
- 1 sprig Curry leaves
- 1 Green Chilli , finely chopped
- 1 Green Chilli , finely chopped
How to make Maharashtrian Style Bhogichi Bhaji Recipe - Mixed Vegetable Curry
To begin making the Bhogichi Bhaji recipe, firstly wash the brinjal, drumsticks, potatoes thoroughly under sufficient water and chop them as required. Peel the skin of potatoes before you chop them.
Heat a heavy bottomed pan, and add oil to it. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the fenugreek seeds, asafoetida, chopped green chilli and curry leaves.
After about a minute, add the chopped onions and cook till they turn soft and translucent.
When the onions turn translucent, add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and the coriander powder. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
Now add the lilva beans, potatoes and drumsticks. Mix well. Add sufficient water to cover the vegetables and bring them to a boil. Lower the flame to medium and cook covered stirring occasionally.
When the vegetables are more than half cooked, add the chopped tomato and brinjals. Add some hot water at this stage if required. Cover and cook.
When all the vegetables are fully cooked, add the jaggery, grated coconut, salt to taste and some more water if required to get a thick gravy.
Simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. When done transfer the Bhogichi Bhaji to a serving bowl and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
You can add some more seasonal vegetables in the preparation of Bhogichi Bhaaji, as per your taste and preference.
Maharashtrian Style Bhogichi Bhaji Recipe - Mixed Vegetable Curry is part of the Indian Curry And Gravy Recipe Contest