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.
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 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 teaspoon coriander cumin powder
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 tablespoon sugarcane vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
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.