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I have cooked like this for year’s after watching Pasquale Carpino on tv. His motto was ” Steam and sauté. And he did just about everything that way.
We have been using this steam fry technique in our family since ages. This is correct & healthy way of cooking. In India, we use variety of spices like turmeric, coriander, chilly, cumin etc in paste or powder form to season veggies. I use my own variations of different spices & vegetables to make variety dishes. You can use this method to prepare regular curries or broths just add more water as required! We use this to cook non-veg dishes too!
I tried this recipe last night for my family. Four kids 11 and under. They literally FOUGHT over the vegetables. My seven year old called them “Total Sugar”. They begged me to make them like this always. I used the frozen pre-cut veggies from Costco, added a little butter and salt along with the water during the steaming process. Definitely will add a little onion and garlic next time before stir-frying. Thank you for helping me mix it up a bit!
You are so welcome, Annie! You made my evening. So glad your family enjoyed this!
I have been making vegetables this way for a long time. Thanks for your tips. Anotlher thing I like to do is add fresh chopped very ripe tomatoes after the stir frying and finish cooking in the tomato juice. Sometimes I add some pasta.
This is essentially how Chinese traditionally cooks vegetables. One main difference is that we would brown some chopped shallot and garlic on low flame before adding the vegetables.
I’ll be trying this tonight. I have the vegetables like in your picture. My liquid of choice is
home made broth made with rinds from parmeggiano cheese which I make and put in ice cube trays then freeze. I think a cube or two of this will be amazing. Thanks for the recipe.
What about using frozen vegetables that are pre-cut? Would this technique work for them?
Yes, you can definitely steam-fry frozen, pre-cut vegetables! I would double the liquid in the recipe, and increase the steaming time by a few minutes.
I love cooking my veggies this way! It helps cook without so much fat. Have you ever tried it with an ice cube? That’s my favorite way.
I haven’t tried that, sounds like a neat trick!