Subz Panchmel belongs to the Royal Rajasthan. The word meaning of subz panchmel is five vegetable sabji in the native language. But, surprisingly, this particular dish has two other names – Subz Panchratan or Subz Panchavati. It is because both of them have the same meaning.
The word pancmael, panchratan & panchavati means five. It’s terminology. It means your subz panchmel must contain vegetables no less than five. You can add a couple of veggies, and still, it can be panchmael. It is essential to realise that the vegetable count must not be less than five.
Subz Panchmel v/s Surti Papdi Undhiyu
There’s a significant connection between this royal Rajasthani dish & the one from Gujarat. Let me tell you how. The panchmael has five veggies in it with ground spices & masala powders.
Now there’s one more dish called Surti Papdi Undhiyu, which has the same concept. Although there are more than five vegetables in the surti papdi undhiyu, it resembles our current recipe.
In a way, the mix veg surti undhiyu is a hotchpotch of vegetables, spices & masala powders. I mean a decent mixture with taste, texture & vivid aroma. Okay, let’s understand our traditional Rajasthani dish first.
Subz Panchmel Ingredients
Spoiler alert! The list is long, but on the other hand, every single thing is readily available. Of course, there are a few prior preparations we need to do. However, they are cutting, chopping or peeling the vegetables.
Let’s begin. For your convenience, I have divided items into sections. It will lift your mood & make the job easy.
Paste & Puree (4 items)
To achieve a thick texture, we will make cashew paste using muskmelon seeds. Add water as per your desired consistency. There isn’t more to explore about the paste. On the other hand, we need tomato puree for apparent purposes. Grind tomatoes to make them pure. That’s it.
Spices & Masala (10 items)
To temper our veggies, we need ground spice, masala powders & fresh herbs—for instance, garlic, ginger, green chilli & coriander.
The only exception here is the garam masala powder. We will sprinkle it on the top instead of tempering it. It is because hot oil will suppress its flavour & aroma.
We also need cumin seeds, asafoetida, coriander powder, turmeric powder & salt. All of them are regular tadka items.
The tadka we are going to make will be in cooking oil. So don’t replace it with butter or ghee. You can use olive oil if you prefer. On the contrary, there’s a tradition to make tadka in ghee. So go ahead if you like the desi ghee tempering style.
Fresh Vegetables (7 items)
Instead of five vegetables, we will include seven. It’s just a couple of veggies more. We will need capsicum, baby corn, potato, carrot, sweet corn, french beans & cauliflower. Boil french beans beforehand.
Water & Lemon Juice
Add water as required. Too much water will make our subz panchmel watery. Lemon juice is optional since we are adding the tomato puree. Although if you prefer a mild khatta taste, then go ahead. Squeeze a fresh lemon directly in the Kadai.
Therefore, the item list ends here. Now go through some pre-preparations.
- Grind tomatoes to make a fine puree. Don’t add water.
- Slit garlic & ginger vertically—crush green chillies to a thick paste.
- Wash & chop fresh coriander leaves.
- Wash & cut all your fresh vegetables.
- Boil french beans before and then add them. It will take longer to soften the french beans.
- Squeeze fresh lemon juice.