Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Aloo Gobi Masala(Potato Cauliflower Masala)

The rattling combination of Potatoes with cauliflower in the form of Aloo Gobi Masala is a terrific dish!My husband's face glows and shines when he just hears the name 'Aloo Gobi'.He is such a bonafide fan of Potatoes and also loves cauliflower.
I got this recipe from my mom,so I would like to dedicate this post to her :-)
I was quite surprised when my mom told me to mix the spices for the masala(red chilli powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder,ginger)in water.The reason she gave me made a lot of sense.
Yes,by mixing the spices in water the spices would not get burnt out when we fry them.I follow the same mode of cooking when i make vegetable korma(you can find the recipe of vegetable korma in my Dry Curries/Gravy categories).

Ingredients :
1 large potato (chopped)
2 cups of chopped Cauliflower florets
1/2 cup of chopped onions(chop onions length wise)
3-4tablespoon of chopped tomatoes
1/2 tablespoon of Cumin Seeds(Jeera)
1-2 Bay Leaves
3-4 Cloves
A little more than 1/2 tablespoon of Red Chilli Powder
1 1/2 tablespoon of grated ginger
1-2 Green chillies(chopped)
1 tablespoon of Coriander powder
1/2 tablespoon of Turmeric Powder
1/2 tablespoon of Amchur Powder(Dry Mango Powder)
3-4 tablespoon of Oil/Ghee
3-4 tablespoon of fresh cilantro

In a small vessel mix the grated ginger,red chilli powder,turmeric powder,coriander powder by adding 5-6 tablespoon of water.
Heat 3-4 tablespoon of Ghee/Oil in a deep saute pan.Fry cumin seeds,bay leaves and cloves.Now add chopped onions,green chillies and fry for for 2-3 mins.Then add the chopped tomatoes and saute for 2 mins.Now add the above mixed ingredients,mix well and fry till the oil seperates from the masala.
Add potatoes,the cauliflower florets and salt.Mix well and saute.Add 1/2 cup of water,cover the pan and cook in medium flame for 10-12 mins.Saute inbetween.
Once the vegetables become tender add amchur powder and mix well.Garnish with cilantro and Serve hot with roti or any Indian bread.