Shalgam ka Salan and a Giveaway

Other than just eating raw in salads, there are so many different ways to enjoy this humble winter root vegetable. Grown mostly in temperate climates, turnips are creamy white in color with a reddish purple upper crown where they have been exposed to sunlight. They have a pungent flavour similar to raw cabbage or radishes and becomes mild after cooking.

Turnips – Shalgam

About 100 gm of turnip root contains just 30 calories and contains Vitamin C. This underappreciated root vegetable packs a nutritional wallop that includes impressive stores of lutein, beta carotenes, riboflavin, magnesium, carotene, manganese, folate, calcium and iron. So for all these good reasons remember to buy them every once in a while during your grocery shopping and include them in your diets. Here’s a simple curry for you all to try this vegetable out.

Shalgam ka Salan – Turnip Curry

Ingredients:

Turnips/Shalgam – 5, peeled and chopped into pieces
Canola oil – 3 tbsp
Onions – 2, medium sized, finely sliced
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Salt – 2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Green chillies – 2, small, finely chopped
Cilantro – 3 tbsp, finely chopped

Shalgam ka Salan – Turnip Curry

Method:

In a saucepan, add oil and as soon as it warms up, add the sliced onions and fry until they are light brown in color. Add ginger garlic paste and fry along for a minute. Add red chilli powder, green chillies, chopped cilantro, salt and turmeric powder and about 2 tbsp water. Mix and cook for a minute. Add the chopped turnip and pour in about 1/2 cup water. Mix well and cover with a lid. Let it cook until the turnips are soft. Serve warm along with parathas.

The Giveaway:

A few days the Tetley Canada tea team had contacted me if I would be interested in giving away a basket full of their teas. To which I gladly accepted and here is a chance for you to win this gift basket with a range of aromatic herbal teas to extinguish all your winter blues and warm up your body.

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This giveaway is limited to within Canada only (excluding Quebec, due to shipping, sorry!). Leaving a comment on my blog enters you a chance to win. One randomly-picked winner will be chosen. Contest closes on midnight December 15th 2010. Good Luck!

Luv,
Mona