September 06, 2006
Aloo Gobi (Potato & Cauliflower)
Bend it Like Beckham made aloo gobi into a star along with Parminder Nagra. If you saw the special features in the DVD, like I did, you probably saw Gurinder Chadha cooking aloo gobi with her mother. This is the recipe from my mother. It's a simple dish which can be made into a curry or a dry subzi.
Parathas, aloo gobi and tomato chutney was our simple midweek dinner.
1 cauliflower - cut in medium florets
3 potatoes - cut in cubes
1 medium onion- chopped finely
2 medium tomatoes- chopped finely
1' cube ginger - grated
2 red chillis
1 bay leaf
1 tspoon cumin seeds
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/2 tspoon chilli powder
1/2 tspoon garam masala
1/4 tspoon turmeric powder
1/2 cup water
2 tspoon oil
cilantro to garnish
salt to taste
Heat 1 tspoon oil in a pan and shallow fry the cauliflower and potato so that the raw smell goes away. Set it aside on a kitchen towel to absord the excess oil.
Heat the rest of the oil and temper with cumin seeds, red chillis and bay leaf.
Add the onions and saute for a few minutes till it starts turning brown.
Add the tomatoes and cook on closed lid till it turns soft.
Put in the cauliflower and the potatoes.
Mix all the masalas with a little bit of water and add it to the vegetables.
Add salt and water and cook on medium low heat for 15-16 minutes.
Stir only once in 5-6 minutes to avoid breaking the cauliflower pieces.
Garnish with cilantro and serve with roti, parathas or rice.