Quick & Healthy Indian Mixed Vegetable “Sabji”

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on July 14, 2011

One of the things I love about my dad’s cooking is it’s classic homestyle Indian food made super easy (and healthy). He and my mom both believed that you could create a great meal without having to spend hours and hours in the kitchen (which is a belief that clearly rubbed off on me). One of my dad’s specialities is this mixed vegetable sabji – which can best be described as sauteed veggies with roasted Indian spices to amp up the flavor. I remember he used to make this for me when we needed a quick & easy meal – he’d serve it with roti and a simple daal or even just spiced yogurt for protein & flavor.

This is a recipe that absolutely anyone can make: it literally takes about 5 minutes of prep time and 10 min max of cooking time. In that time, if you just heat up some roti and stir some curry powder, salt & cumin into some Greek Yogurt, you’ll have a complete meal in 15 minutes. As you taste this sabji, it will instantly transport you to a homey kitchen in India.

The Ingredients are simple: 

  • 1/2 tsp of black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1 tiny pinch of hing (asafetida)
  • 1/3 tsp of turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper (or 1/2 of a green chili if you have one)
  • 1.5 cups of Frozen Veggies (see picture below)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
The spices above are basically the “base” of most Indian sabjis (vegetable curry type mixes). I keep them in a pretty traditional Indian Spice Tin that you can get at any Indian Grocery Store or even online.
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For the frozen veggies, I like to use Trader Joe’s Organic Foursome Medley (carrots, corn, peas and green beans). But you can use any frozen mixed veggies you like.
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The Directions:
  1. Heat olive oil over medium/high heat – and add mustard & cumin seeds. Let them fry in the oil until they “pop” (you’ll hear the popping/sizzling noise)
  2. Once they pop, add the hing, turmeric, cayenne (or green chile)
  3. Stir the spices, and then add the veggies. Stir the veggies until the spices are evenly incorporated. Let the veggies cook, continually stirring for about 10 minutes. Add salt to taste in the last minute or so of cooking.
  4. Serve with roti, daal and/or spiced yogurt.
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This is a great dish, and especially good for any first-time Indian cooks because of how easy it is to make! It’s also really healthy – you get the antioxidant properties of the turmeric pared with the fiber from the veggies, and if you add yogurt or daal you get some good protein as well. Let me know if you end up trying this dish and how you like it! I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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Quick & Healthy Indian Mixed Vegetable “Sabji”

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp of black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1 tiny pinch of hing (asafetida)
  • 1/3 tsp of turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper (or 1/2 of a green chili if you have one)
  • 1.5 cups of Frozen Veggies (I like Trader Joe's Organic Foursome veggie medley)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium/high heat – and add mustard & cumin seeds. Let them fry in the oil until they “pop” (you’ll hear the popping/sizzling noise)
  2. Once they pop, add the hing, turmeric, cayenne (or green chile)
  3. Stir the spices, and then add the veggies. Stir the veggies until the spices are evenly incorporated. Let the veggies cook, continually stirring for about 10 minutes. Add salt to taste in the last minute or so of cooking.
  4. Serve with roti, daal and/or spiced yogurt.
http://pickyeaterblog.com/quick-healthy-indian-mixed-vegetable-sabji/

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Malli July 14, 2011 at 9:30 am

You have a really informative blog here for vegetarians and vegans. This is my first visit and I am already impressed with your varied collection of vegetarian recipes..Lovely

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anjalim July 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

Thank you so much! 🙂

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Prachi November 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I agree with Malli, your blog is awesome for vegetarians. Thank you so much for your quick and healthy recipes. Also it is so easy to co-relate with the products which you can easily get at Trader Joes. Thanks again.

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anjalim November 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Thank you so much! So glad you like my blog and the recipes – let me know how they turn out for you! 🙂

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Kelly July 14, 2011 at 10:30 am

This looks so delicious, great recipe! 🙂

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Hearty Eugene July 15, 2011 at 9:01 am

ွI like Indian food very much. Thanks for your step by step picture and explanation.

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Mike @ How To Make A Smoothie At Home July 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Looks like a fun & easy recipe. Thanks

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Rekha Gupta July 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I will buy this bag and try this too, I am sick of lengthy cooking!!
Thanks for posting this

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anjalim July 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm

yay! no problem – let me know how you like it!! 🙂

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Sree @ saagAHH November 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I’m really embarrassed that I haven’t heard of hing before. I’ll have to ask my mom if she uses it.

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anjalim November 8, 2011 at 10:13 am

Aw! haha no worries – I’m sure you’ve heard of it but your mom probably just calls it something else. So good to meet you at the Foodbuzz Festival btw! Excited to try some of your recipes.

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Todd October 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm

I think this recipe just changed my life. It came out perfectly! So easy. Thank you!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 4, 2014 at 8:36 am

Oh that’s wonderful! So happy to hear that Todd!

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Daniella August 18, 2015 at 6:41 pm

Such a yummy and easy recipe. Your blog has been a wonderful find. Thanks so much for these quick cool ideas. No excuses to order take out anymore 🙂 awesome work!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 20, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Awww thank you Daniella! Your comment brought a smile to my face. So glad you are enjoying my recipes and that you’re able to cook at home more easily!

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