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Cauliflower-Potato Curry (Aloo Gobhi)

I ran out of excuses. I avoided cooking cauliflower till now this year. But when priced at one dollar, I couldn’t think of any more excuses and bought the fresh, big, Lilly white cauliflower from the local farmers market. Even though, it is available year round, Autumn is the season for cauliflower here in US, so the low price.

On my short list of vegetables, I am reluctant to cook, cauliflower occupies the number one spot. It’s unfortunate, but my brain, it doesn’t heart the brain-like cauliflower. Only way I can eat this vegetable is when combined and cooked with other vegetables and some sort of beans following my mother’s recipe. The only thing I did different this time from the original was, instead of dried peas, I used small red beans. Clean, colorful and full of flavor, this hearty stew is extra good with rice or chapatis.

Cauliflower, Onion, Red Potato, Carrot, Red Beans, Dried Coconut, Poppy seeds, Cilantro, Ginger, Garlic, Cinnamon, Cloves, Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric and Salt

Recipe:

Vegetables
1 fresh, small-sized cauliflower, trimmed and florets cut/separated
1 potato, and one carrot - peeled, and cut into bite sized cubes
1 onion - finely sliced lengthwise
6 ripe, juicy tomatoes - chopped
2 fistfuls of soaked red beans
(Peas, chickpeas or other types of beans also work)

For Masala:
4 tablespoons of coconut powder (dry or fresh)
1 tablespoon of poppy seeds
Small pieces of cinnamon and two cloves
Few sprigs of cilantro, small piece of ginger and two garlic cloves
1 teaspoon of red chilli powder
½ teaspoon of salt and turmeric
Take all the above in a blender, add half cup of water and puree them into smooth paste.

cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and onions, Red Beans, turmeric, red chilli powder and the green ball is the paste of ginger, garlic, cilantro, coconut, poppy seeds, cinnamon and cloves

Heat one tablespoon of peanut oil in a large, wide pot over medium heat. Do the popu or tadka (toasting mustard seeds, cumin and minced garlic). Add the onion, fry it till golden. Add the cut tomatoes, increase the heat, cover and cook for about 5 to 10 minutes, until the tomatoes soften when pressed with the back of a spoon.

Because cauliflower can cook easily and when overcooked gives out unpleasant Sulfur smell, first add the cut potatoes, carrots and red beans to the tomato gravy. Cook them until they are almost tender fork, and then add the cauliflower florets to this mix. Add the masala paste and half cup of water. Stir to combine. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Finally stir in the finely chopped cilantro and serve, either warm or at room temperature.

Cauliflower-Potato Curry with Chapatis (Aloo Gobi with Roti)
Cauliflower-Potato Curry (Aloo Gobi) with Chapaties ~ Our meal today.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Potato, Cauliflower, Red Beans (Chori) (Thursday November 10, 2005 at 5:07 pm- permalink)
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