13 May, 2008

Cooking with Babies: Baby Corn & Carrot Masala

Baby Corn & Carrot Masala with Aloo Parathas

Every time I come back from India I kind of go under emotional roller coaster ride. There you are, surrounded by your loved ones at any odd time of the day or night sipping a cup of filter Kaapi and talking about everything under this sky and it feels like time just flies without you knowing. And here you are, with only your partner to talk to (that to when he is not busy giving bubble bath to love of his life Lajjo Rani (don’t fret, its our car I am referring to) or jumping up and down like crazy guy while stuck to idiot box watching football or cricket (I call it kiri-kiri meaning irritating)). There you are, eating all wonderful food cooked by every other person other than you and hardly required to move your big fat ass. Here you are, fretting over what to cook everyday and arguing whose turn to empty the waste bin. There you are, just required to walk few steps to eat your heart’s content and yet pay few pennies. Here you are, travel miles together to eat at reasonably good restaurant and end up lightening your wallet and half full stomach. Ah!!! Some pleasures of staying away from home!!!!!!

While still recovering from jet lag (I blame my Boss for making me go to office very next day we landed here and now you know why I’ve not been able to blog hop these days. Bhohoo) all we have been eating is Ganji with Ghee and Pickle or just plain Curd Rice. Well, I am not really complaining here. All we wanted after eating the food served on flight was just simple ones as our taste buds were not ready to volunteer as a guinea pig in anymore of laboratory testing. So it was only during weekend after sleeping till noon that we finally managed to eat something other than simple Comfort Food. With big batch of Aloo Parathas I had cooked and tucked in the freezer before leaving to India, we had to just worry about some simple curry to serve. Well, not exactly simple when it comes to taste department. This delicious Baby Corn-Carrot Masala in creamy gravy of onion, tomato and cashews is what we enjoyed with Aloo Parathas. Very tender Baby Corn and Baby Carrots from Farmer’s Market are the highlights of this yummilicious Curry which simply retains is crunchiness and sweet taste even when cooked with spices. And another addition to this gravy is my ever favourite Kitchen King Masala and Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves) which enhances its taste. Do try this Curry of Tender Baby Corns and Baby Carrot fingers simmered in rich gravy of sweet onions, tangy tomatoes and flavourful cashews and well balanced spices which is sure to awaken all your senses.

Baby Corn & Carrot Masala (Veggies cooked in Creamy Gravy of Onion, Tomato and Cashew)
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Serves: 4-5

15-20 tender Baby Corn, cut into fingers
10-12 Baby Carrots/ 2-3 medium Carrots
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
2-3 Green Chillies, slit (Adjust acc to taste)
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
½ tbsp Kasuri Methi/Dried Fenugreek Leaves
1 tbsp Coriander Leaves, finely chopped
¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
½ tbsp Oil/Ghee

Baby Corn & Baby Carrots
For Ground Masala:
1 small Onion, quartered
3 large Tomatoes, blanched in hot water and peeled/1 canned Chopped Tomato
2-3 cloves of Garlic
¾ -1 inch Ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
2-3 Dry Red Chilli (I used Byadagi for Colour, adjust acc to taste)
¾ -1 tsp Garam Masala
½-1 tsp Kitchen King Masala
½ tsp Amchur/Dried Mango Powder (Optional)
½ tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Sugar
10-12 Cashews
Baby Corn & Carrot Masala

Grind all the ingredients listed above from onion to cashews to smooth paste without adding any water and keep it aside.
Cook Baby Corn and Baby Carrots with turmeric powder and salt to taste in enough water for about 5-6 minutes till they are fork tender. Drain and reserve the water.
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds to it. When cumin starts to sizzle, add finely chopped onion and slit chillies and sauté on medium flame till it turns golden brown.
Now add ground paste, Kasuri Methi and sauté it continuously for about 2-3 minutes on medium to low flame till raw smell of masala disappears.
Mix cooked Baby Corn and Carrots. Add reserved water as and when required to get required gravy consistency. Simmer and cook for another ten minutes for all the flavours to blend well.
Mix finely chopped coriander leaves before serving it with Chapatti, Roti or Paratha of your choice and enjoy this creamy goodness.


  1. Hi Sia...
    That was a amazing entry.... Looks gorgeous... Nice pic....YUMMY!... Love to have them with nan.... Love it...

  2. LOL! Oh you Rakshasi amma, are you eating babies now? SHAME on you Kali!!;D

    Yeah, I am in a good mood today, had a fun day y'day although Arvind was on call and had to go to hospital frequently!:))

    I use baby corn too, they are so sweet and yummy. Dish looks great Sups. I was about to close the lappy until Wednesday, your post popped up. Great timing!:)
    How are you girl? Called mom y'day? It's hard to go to back to routine after a break, but got to do it somehow.I am blogging just 3 days now, relaxing and enjoying cooking,reading etc. Trisha and Tushar both have exams this month, studying. Can't believe another school year is over already, time flies.Have a good night, I am off.

  3. Wow! The babies are so adorable, Sia! It's great to see you back in action and this is one scrumptious curry. :)

  4. after i left england many years ago, i have yet to meet a fresh baby corn. you even get them in india. i don't know why supermarkets in the u.s. don't have them, except in cans. those are salty and not so nice.

  5. The baby corn n carrot masala looks too tempting..drooling over ur pics

  6. the gravy looks rich and with cashewnuts in it...makes it even more tempting...

  7. baby corn and carrots should taste sweet together... Looks sweet and delicious!

  8. Hey sia nice combo this is never tried this.. the sweetness of the carrot will give it a very different taste,

  9. Sia - what a lovely looking curry! Here I was thinking you were cooking for some toddlers! lol! :) I love baby corn! Hope you are over your jet lag!

  10. Sia, the dish looks truly yummy! Thanks for sharing!! Baby Car-Cor Dish!

  11. sups..that looks real treat!..so lovely...good to see you back!

  12. and your ranting...lovely too...hubbies all over the world are the same right..:D

  13. Sia, this looks so tempting...am so going to try it...thanks :-)

  14. Simply mouthwatering & delicious. Here in India Baby corn is so much in abundance now & quite reasonable too.. will try your recipe out! Liked Kiri Kiri... My Hubby watches it too & i hate Kiri Kiri.. Glued to the idiot box whole day!!

  15. The gravy should be really good with little sweetness of carrot that you forgot to tell..

    Nice One Sia..

  16. Wow....the dish looks amazing.I love baby corn too...the dish is worth trying :)

  17. Sia, I know how that feels. The car is most respects is the queen of the house :(

    The curry looks delicious just right to wash away the jet lag but the longing for home - that is another thing altogether.

  18. Sia, my feelings are exactly like yours after coming back from India. No matter how much I try, I am not able to come out of it :(.

    Anyway...I have been searching for babycorn for last two years. We dont get them here :(. I love them and miss them terribly.

  19. Sia, that was a lovely post to read and some amazing food to look at..
    The baby corns are delicious!!

  20. whoa.. ur pics are so lovely. i dont feel like taking my eyes off them.. nice recipe..

  21. wow!!i love baby corn.especially baby corn soup...one of my fav..this dish looks so delicious!!!

  22. I can't wait to go to India now, so many of us fell the same way Sia.
    You get fresh baby corn ? Its been years since I tasted one.Delicious looking curry.

  23. dunno what USA ahs against fresh baby corn :(.. ages since i saw and tasted one!
    BC & C masala looks gorgeous!

  24. that looks awesome Sia! and so is your new blog look:) I'll definitely try this recipe very soon!

  25. I have never eaten baby corn cooked Indian style - mostly Chinese and Thai. It's hard to find fresh baby corn here, sometimes I have seen it in Supermarkets that have a deli and a salad bar. Will go look for some and try this recipe :)

  26. baby corn & baby carrots nice combination Sia & lovely pictures

  27. You are too organised Sia! Those aloo parathas look delicious and what a fab idea to make them beforehand and stick them in the freezer. Maybe you should have offered your boss a few to warm him up to your next holiday!!

  28. when I first looked at the title, I thought you took the help of some babies, he he! Now I got it! lovely dish as usual and great pictures.

  29. Sia,
    You are so right about the "having to travel many miles to eat good food" part. When we lived in Buffalo, NY we did not have a single South Indian restaurant around. We used to travel to Toronto, Canada(a 90 minute drive, one way, on a good day) to eat our masala dosa, wada sambhar, dahi wada types.:D But the food at this Udipi place we frequented was totally worth the long drive!

    BTW, the BCC masala looks yummy.:)

  30. Its been a very longtime I had baby corn, Its one of my fav. the pics are awesome just mouthwatering.

  31. Just perfect to clean my fridge out! I'll try it today!

  32. both babies look gorgeous! curry looks colorfull Sia. Trust u r doing good.

  33. Gorgoeous looking food. You could serve it right off this blog, I wish!!!

  34. Tried, tested and relished :)

  35. Here you are arguing whose turn to empty the waste bin , so true :)) .
    Wnjoy playing wiht babies, just pass on this yummiest dish to me anuhow, I am hungry for that only :( .... bohoooo..........

  36. I tried this recipe with a little variation of using some of potato along with baby corn and carrot.Also added some roasted cashew nuts.The roasted cashew complemented that soft and spicy baby corn masala.All in all it came out extremely well.Everyone in the family also liked it.Its really an amazing recipe.Would definitely recommend it :)


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