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Monday, April 23, 2012

Aloo Gobhi in Coconut - Poppy Seed Sauce


About five years ago, Nupur of "one hot stove" had an interesting event named A - Z Indian vegetables. The participants had to come up with a recipe starting with a particular alphabet each week. It was challenging and interesting at the same time, to think about an Indian dish using vegetables. As expected, Nupur proved to be a great host with her informative and engaging roundups each week and I ended up participating in the whole series. Probably that was one of the events I was very fond of and looked forward to, each week. Some alphabet letters do stump you when you are thinking in terms of Indian cuisine but sure we had a blast. When Valli announced the theme of cooking by alphabets during BM#15, I didn't have to think twice and chose it right away. However Srivalli is flexible and so we can go with any course or any cuisine. That means this week, I am going to post recipes in an alphabetical order, starting with "A" today.  
The first post in the series is going to be "Aloo gobhi". When you think of aloo gobhi whether as a dry saute or with sauce clinging to it, it usually is this version. A few years ago, my SIL mentioned about a different kind of aloo gobhi she prepares and I immediately jotted it down since it contained coconut. Potatoes and cauliflower are cooked in a sauce of coconut - poppy seed paste in this recipe. Coconut equals to yummy in my dictionary even though my husband can't stand it. As husband was not around today, I prepared it to go with my rotis at lunch and it was indeed an interesting variation from the regular fare.

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
2 onions, chopped
2 cups boiled potato cubes
2 cups cauliflower florets
To grind: A one inch piece ginger, 1/4 - 1/2 cup grated, fresh coconut, 2 - 3 green chillies and 1 Tbsp poppy seeds


Method:
* Heat oil and add cumin seeds. When they start to sizzle and brown, add onions and turmeric powder. Fry them on low flame until they turn translucent. Then add cauliflower florets and cook covered until they turn tender. Add a few Tbsps of water if needed and cook cauliflower but don't let them turn mushy.
* In the mean while, grind the ingredients mentioned under "to grind" adding a little water.
* Add the ground paste, salt and potatoes to the cooked cauliflower mixture. Simmer for about five minutes and turn off the stove.
* Serve them with rotis.

Check what other marathoners are cooking during BM#15.

Comments

29 comments:

Champa said...

A nice combination of potato, cauliflower with coconut. Must have tasted rich without lot of fat.

Jayanthi said...

Good variation for cauliflower subzi...looks yum!!!

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Sounds very rich! I shall also try this out just for me. I sometimes feel that we don't cater to our likes as much as the husbands' :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

My fav sidedish for rotis and even rice. Ur version sounds interesting

veena krishnakumar said...

Nice combo Suma and loved the pic!!

Srimathi said...

I am happy with different versions of any dish, because I always try out other versions and learn a lot from their recipes. Good job that you were able to make the recipe that your sister-in-law saved.

Prathibha said...

I liked that series of A-Z,though I did not participate..I hv seen many recipes of that series...nice variation 2 regular alu-gobi

Chef Mireille said...

never had this veggie combo with coconut...looks good!

The Pumpkin Farm said...

lovely pic, liked the colors your pictures has...and this kind of simple dishes help when we need to cook something good in short span

Kalyani said...

simple and flavourful sabji.. nice colours too, Suma !


Kalyani
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Vardhini said...

Rich and tasty curry. Lovely click.

Vardhini
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PriyaVaasu said...

i seriously miss the taste of khus-khus, since it is banned here. Curry looks awesome and a wonderful combo with roti's!!!!

Loveforfood said...

I'm bookmarking it and can't wait to try it!

Lav said...

simple yet yummmmmyy...

Priya said...

Simply love this version,especially the paste, delicious..

vaishali sabnani said...

very simple and comforting...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Classic combo gets a new twist!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Nice flavor ....

Pavani said...

Love this south Indian version of aloo gobhi. Looks delicious.

R said...

looks simple and flavorful

Srivalli said...

Though I have personally never made this combination, it always sounded good to make..looks nice!

Gayathri Kumar said...

Nice combo. The subzi looks so inviting...

Maayeka said...

Nice and delicious variation of the famous aloo gobhi combo..

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

such an interesting event, looking forward to ur other entries.. the dish looks lovely

Degchi said...

Something different then usual alu gobhi sabji. will give it a try.

rajani said...

Yeah, the cook by alphabets theme had me too thinking a lot! Lovely sabzi here.

PJ said...

LOved the idea of using coconut milk to aloo gobi.Nice recipe..

Jayasri Ravi said...

lovely subzi, my two favourite veggies.., lovely clicks too..

Preeti Garg said...

look awesome