Preparation / Directions:
This makes a delicious and colorful vegetarian entree.
Combine cumin and coriander in a small skillet and dry-roast over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes. Remove and set aside. Heat oil in the same pan, add onion and stir-fry until brown, combine cumin-coriander, fried onion, tomato paste, nuts and half of the half-and-half. Blend into smooth past and set aside.
Heat ghee in a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat Add cloves, cardamom and cinnamon, stir until fragrant. Add tomatoes and cook until soft. Add remaining vegetables and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Stir in ground paste, remaining half-and-half, the water, cayenne, salt and raisins. Cover cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender.
Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.
Source: Laxmi Hiremath writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, 6/24/92.