The Understated Turnip

DSC_0426 Turnips, a name people cringe to many times. Is it a bad vegetable? Not necessarily, it is a vegetable which is unpopular like ‘karela’ or brussle sprouts, but when made well it does serve the mind well. It is a root vegetable which is available in Delhi predominantly during winters. About a month ago as the winters were turning slowly giving away to the summer heat I picked a few turnips on one of my trips to the vegetable vendor.

The radish like vegetable is understated so what would make it work, maybe some meat?  A steaming stew of sorts in the winters with some mutton does bring back the tingling warmth of a blanket. I found a Pakistani dish which is often made at home. The science behind it is that the turnip cooks with the mutton and absorbs all its juices to make it into a mouth-watering gem.

DSC_0442The Understated Turnip


  • 600 grams mutton cubed
  • 4 medium sized turnips cubed
  • 2 large onions sliced
  • 2 medium sized onions diced
  • 3-4 slit green chillies
  • 2 tbsp of ginger garlic paste
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp of red chilly powder
  • 1tsp of turmeric
  • 1tbsp of coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt
  • 5 cups of copped coriander leaves with their stem
  • Oil
  • Warm water


  • In a large pan heat oil. Put in cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin seeds.
  • Put in onions and sauté till light golden brown.
  • Put in the ginger garlic paste and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook till the oil has separated and the tomatoes have become a sauce. You can keep adding a little warm water in between if you see the tomatoes are sticking to the pan.


  • Add the coriander powder, red chilli powder and turmeric.
  • Cook for a minute.
  • Add in the meat and the turnip mix for about two minute
  • Add the coriander.


  • Add about a cup of warm water with salt and sugar.
  • Cover till the meat is done.

I enjoyed my meat and tunip with some flat bread. You can choose your own way of enjoying this and let me know.


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