These days we are ordering our vegetable box from one of our neighboring(state) organic farm, so we are able to get very fresh veggies and fruits. I am ordering some new kinds of veggies which I have not used before and giving it a try. This week I experimented with fresh turnips.
Turnips are root vegetables, which is good source of vitamin C. While growing up I never had turnips, so I was bit shy to cook with this veggie all these years. For those of you who haven't tasted this yet, it tastes close to radishes but not as much as pungent as radishes are and cooks very fast as well.
Whenever I try new vegetables, I always do a simple and quick stir-frys(palyas), which is the best way to enjoy them. When having other starchy food like rice, this will be nice as a side dish and good alternative to potatoes.
So here is how I used them.
Ingredient : Turnip(s) - 1 Big or 2 small ones (skin peeled and diced to big pieces).
Tempering : Oil - 2 tsp , Cumin/Jeerige - 1tsp, Turmeric/arishina - 1 small pinch .
Garnish : Lime/lemon juice - 1tbsp, cilantro/kothambari leaves - 2 tbsp chopped , Chili powder - 1tsp (optional and Salt to taste.
Turnips-Photo source : Wikipedia.
- Peel the skin of turnip and chop it to big bite size pieces.
- Heat oil in a pan, when hot add cumin seeds. Once it starts to turn brown, add chopped turnips.
- Add little salt, mix well, cover with a lid and cook on medium heat for 10 - 15 mins or until just tender.
- Switch off the heat once its tender/soft. Add lime juice, chopped cilantro and chili powder. Adjust salt and mix well. Now its ready to be eaten.
We enjoyed turnip fry as a side dish, with some rice & rotis, along with some sambar and curds. This was our dinner last night.
* Anyone know any Indian names for turnips, please do let me know.
Have a good Weekend !