Monday, February 7, 2011

Parsi Ras Chawal (Spicy Tomato Gravy with Rice)

I usually have one meal a week with my family, with me taking a break from making my own meals or ordering takeout. I do ask my mom to either make a vegetarian Parsi dish or to make my portion seperately and then add the meat to their portions later on. This time, its a dish called ras chawal, which would translate to spicy tomato gravy with rice. It's quite unknown compared to other Parsi specialities and I can't find a single recipe of it online.
Parsi Ras Chawal Recipe(Spicy Tomato Gravy with Rice)

We usually add mutton to this dish, or serve it with boiled eggs. But this one's all vegan with just potatoes and drumsticks. You're supposed to suck the flesh inside the drum stick, not eat the chewy fiberous outside. The recipe is a rough gist I got from my mom.
Parsi Ras Chawal (Spicy Tomato Gravy with Rice)

Serving: One person 
  • 2-3 tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 potato
  • 1 drumstick
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon coriander cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugarcane vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
To make:
  • Puree the tomatoes in a blender.
  • In a pot, dry roast the flour for 5 minutes.
  • Add the finely chopped garlic, chopped onion as well as the spices, along with a dash of water.
  • Add the tomato puree, sugar, and the vinegar to form a sauce. Let it simmer away for 10-15 minutes
  • Peel your potato and cut into approx 4 wedges.
  • Clean your drumstick removing the tough fiberous bark on the outside. Cut into four pieces of equal length.
  • Add the potato wedges and drum sticks to your gravy.
  • Cook on a low heat till the potatoes are done.
  • Serve on a bed of hot white rice, along with a raita/salad consisting of chopped cucumber, red onion, beetroot and coriander salad.

    Parsi Ras Chawal Recipe(Spicy Tomato Gravy with Rice)
  • Parsi Ras Chawal Recipe(Spicy Tomato Gravy with Rice)
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FabiolousCookingDay said...


Kim said...

this looks so rich and comforting. now i'm craving curry!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Looks absolutely comforting - going to definitely try this one.

Mateja ^_^ said...

What a vibrat colorful dish! Wow, it looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing :)

Shirley said...

Looks lovely. Love drumstick.

The Mistress of Spices said...

I love drumsticks! Didn't realize that they are used in Parsi cuisine as well.

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious! Yum!

Amy said...

This tomato gravy is so full of flavors, it sounds delicious and hearty with the rice! I would love some of this for dinner!

Puja said...

Ahh..that sounds like such a comfort food..loved it!

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Heather S-G said...

Oh, I love it...this sounds fantastic! I've only recently learned of drumsticks and wish I could find some to try. Although I didn't know about the sucking out the middle part, so thank you! So glad you shared this w/ the hearth and soul hop this week =)

Christy said...

I love learning about new ingredients - the only drumstick I had ever heard of before came from a bird of some kind - thanks for providing the link to find out what it is. The whole dish sounds heavenly! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

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