Thursday, May 7, 2009

Giambotta

Giambotta is an Italian vegetable stew that makes use of seasonal vegetables.It is full of vegetables and can be served as a soup or a stew with crusty bread or pasta.I came across this when I was searching for quick menu ideas for summer and I adapted the recipe from Racheal Ray's version.The vegetables are added as per the cooking time starting with the longest and so you sort of work near the stove and drop veggies into the pan as you chop.


Ingredients:
Onion: 1 medium size
Garlic: 1-2 cloves

Potato: 1 big
Eggplant: 1(Chinese long purple)
Zucchini: 1 small
Green BellPepper: 1 medium

Tomato Paste: 2 tbsps

Veg Broth: 1/2 cup +
Fresh Basil: 4-5 leaves
BayLeaf: 2-3 small dried

Preparation:
Chop the onions finely and peel and chop the garlic.Chop the potatoes and other veggies into bite size cubes or quick cooking sizes.Heat olive oil in a thick bottomed pan and add bayleaf,onion and garlic.Saute for a few minutes till the onions turn transparent.Add the chopped veggies starting with the one with the longest cooking time in this case potatoes.Add salt and pepper and one by one other veggies -eggplant,zucchini and bell pepper.Saute an cook for around 5- 10 minutes till they start to become tender.Add the tomato paste,veg stock and cover and cook until tender.During the last 1or 2 minutes add in chopped basil.Serve warm with crusty bread or rice or pasta garnished with more basil and adjusting salt and pepper.

The dish is not highly spicy as it has only the pepper and bayleaf giving spice and taste.But it is definitely healthy and comforting and a versatile dish as you can use it as a soup topped with cheese and croutons or a stew with bread/rice.You can even add in pasta while adding the stock and turn it into a main course.


The stew is simple,easy and you can add whatever veggies are in season and can be served cold in summer and also warm in winter.It tastes even better the next day.A nourishing bowl is off to the Simple and Nourishing Carnival by Kim,the NourishingGourmet

22 Comments:

Happy cook said...

Looks delicous with all the variety of vegetables.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow something new....Love the flavour of different veggies...

Anonymous said...

What a simple and nutrious bowl of stew there..!! great presentation !!

~PakKaramu~ said...

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Kimi Harris said...

lovely simple soup! Looks delicious, thanks for sharing. :-)

kimi@ thenourishinggourmet.com

rekhas kitchen said...

oohh what a color yaar looks so delicious hummmm new bowl aa sweatha looks so beautiful ummm new recipe to me will ty this

indhu said...

lovely giambotta - love the name... I love how you can make it into a soup or stew or add pasta or rice... awesome :)

- Indhu (www.thayirsaadham.com)

Vanamala said...

Looks lovely dish.

Cham said...

The stew is delicious with brinjal!

Priya said...

So delicious...lovely presentation CL!

anudivya said...

Gia"what"? He he he... where on earth do you find foods and food names like these? But I learn something new every post you make, so I am happy you are taking the trouble.

Vaishali said...

That's an unusual dish, at least to me, Curry. Sounds delicious.

Prathibha said...

Looks lovely with all the veggies...yummy

Divya Vikram said...

Looks delectable! Also liked your soba noodles recipe!

Shreya said...

interesting:-) veggies, healthy!

Suparna said...

delectable bowl of health there! nice click, will c u more often :)
TC

Aparna said...

I am here (and everywhere else) after quite a while and I have missed a lot on your blog.
This stew sounds good. Like the sheer variety of food you cook up.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I have never made this before, but it looks so delicious! I love all the colorful vegetables!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

the name is cute. sounds great to go with breads.

Red Chillies said...

Exotic sounding name, but the recipe looks easy and comforting. I learnt yet another new name today.

Jaya said...

Lots of vegetables there :)),almost looks like veg chilli to me ..and the name is very exotic too..delicious one ..
let me extend an invitation to you to my very small event of "Save the earth"..will like to see each other more in future too :))..
hugs and smiles

Sunshinemom said...

This is a tasty luscious stew! Looks neat:)

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