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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Aloo Gobhi - The North Indian Fare

Aloo Gobhi ~ The North Indian Style Potato - Cauliflower Curry

Aloo gobhi is a delicious, home style vegetable preparation from North India that has become popular through out the Indian subcontinent. In fact, it is so popular that it has made its way into the Indian restaurants everywhere. This is reflected in the fact that it is one of the mandatory side dishes you will find on any Indian restaurant menu in the western hemisphere and an equally ubiquitous one even in our blogosphere. :) Simple enough in terms of preparation even to a novice cook and palate pleasing, it's no surprise that aloo gobhi is a favorite to many.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to aloo gobhi preparation. It can be prepared dry or with some gravy clinging to potato - cauliflower mixture. Onions & / tomatoes can be added or omitted. Go according to your taste preference and here is my version of our favorite "Aloo Gobhi".

Ingredients: (4 servings with rotis)
1 big sized onion (about 1/2 cup chopped)
2 tomatoes (1 cup chopped)
1 small sized cauliflower (2 cups florets after the leaves and hard parts removed)
3 medium sized potatoes (2 cups peeled & cubed)
1 tsp grated ginger
1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
a pinch of asafoetida powder
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste
Minced cilantro for garnish

The cooking part:
Heat oil in a kadai / pan and add grated ginger and cumin seeds to it. When they slightly brown, add turmeric powder, asafoetida & chopped onions and fry them covered until they turn translucent. Then the tomatoes go in. When they turn slightly mush, add potato cubes and about a cup of water. Again keep cooking covered till the potatoes are 3/4 th done. Then add the cauliflower florets and salt. Add some more water if needed. When the cauliflower turns tender, add chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala to it and mix well. I cook the subzi not too dry or watery but in between. Simmer for a couple of minutes more and garnish with cilantro.
Serve with hot rotis / phulkas along with some plain yogurt for a complete meal.


harini-jaya said...

Alu lovers at home always love this..Given a choice they would eat this everyday!

Umm Mymoonah said...

This is a very delicious combination, looks so yummy.

Shanavi said...

Bowl of goodness.. lovely

Priya said...

Slurp,beautiful dish..Delicious combo..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Your pics are always so appetizing dear, love it

savitha ramesh said...

cool aloo sabzi and ur clicks drive me crazy.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

droooooooling and mouthwatering allo gobhi with amazing pics...yummmm

Chitra said...

Delicious combo.. Sounds easy too :)

The Foodie said...

Lovely picture.. aloo gobhi is loved by my daughter...so mouthwatering.

Kairali sisters said...

Great sidedish for rotis and u r pictures simply awsome..

Prathibha said...

Love aloo gobi anytime..nice combo wid roti r rice..

notyet100 said...

pic is too good,..

Knorr Soup said...

What an easy and simple recipe, and at the same time so very healthy and full of the goodness of cauliflower, tomatoes and a variety of spices! Today, with more and more lifestyle related diseases like obesity and diabetes plaguing us Indians, such a recipe would do us a world of good, not to mention cater to our taste buds! For some expert tips on healthy eating habits check out our blog at http://knorratseven.blogspot.com/

Latha said...

Love this dish....yours look great.

Srivalli said...

Always a favorite..

PJ said...

Delicious curry...And kindly accept an award from here http://seduceyourtastebuds.blogspot.com/2011/02/gujarati-kadhi-and-couple-of-awards.html

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Love this combo anytime... Yours looks awesome..