Veggie Lunch


One of the biggest self discoveries for me in cooking was learning that vegetable can form a meal on their own. With no need for any cereal or grain to complete them. This is a simple vegetable dish that reconnects us to food at a very elementary level. Feel free to swap in or out any vegetable you like. Just take care to combine similar vegetables. I have used sturdy vegetables in my recipe.

Cut everything in a similar fashion. I cut them all into thin strips called “julienne’s”.

You Need:

  • Two or three cups of any leafy green vegetable. I used Malabar Spinach also known as Basella Alba.
  • A cup of flat beans.
  • Two carrots.
  • A capsicum.
  • All the kernels from a sweet corn.
  • A tablespoon of butter.
  • A tablespoon of any flavorful oil, I prefer mustard oil.
  • Some cumin, mustard seeds and whatever else you find.
  • Chilly Flakes.
  • A tablespoon of soy sauce.
  • Paneer, an optional ingredient but you will like it in here.

Heat oil. Saute the cumin and mustard seeds. When they have crackled, add in the flat beans, carrots and capsicum. Saute on high heat for a couple of minutes. Flat beans will take a little time to cook so don’t rush it. Add in the corn kernels. Mix well. Sprinkle the chilly flakes, salt and drizzle the soy sauce. Mix well.

Add the greens and cook covered for at least 15 minutes on low heat.

Open and dry it up. Drop in the butter. Let it melt into the vegetables.

Serve hot or at room temperature. This is a great lunch box meal for work or school.



Published by Imran

A s/w engineer by profession, I cook for my family.

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