Saturday, March 2, 2013

Joy from my kitchen garden - Gobhi masala

I can't even describe the feeling when I successfully grow vegetables in my kitchen garden. This year has been special. We have had the pleasure of devouring fresh veggies from my garden. We grew some lovely chillies , coriander leaves , cabbage ,and  some gorgeous baby cauliflowers. O yes also some green tomatoes! 

I had to do something special with these and I remembered how my Maa used to make this lovely dish where she would slightly sauté the whole baby cauliflowers and dunk them in a rich masala gravy topped with cashews and raisins. One could also bake the dish on an oven but I decided to do it the traditional way.


Baby cauliflower - 2 nos ( or if you are using the big ones it's advisable you cut them into florets )

Onion paste- 4 tbsp

Ginger paste- 1 tsp

Garlic paste- 1 tsp

Tomato - 1 medium diced

Chilli powder - 1 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1 tsp

Coriander powder - 1 tsp

Cumin powder - 1 tsp

Salt - to taste

Sugar - 1 tsp  ( Bengalis can never cook without sugar ! )

Yoghurt - 1 tbsp

Refined oil - 2 tbsp

Garam masala - 1 tsp ( just grind few cardamom, cinnamon and cloves )

Green chillies - for garnish

Cashews and raisins - slightly fried for garnishing


Blanch the cauliflower in salted water for 5 mins.

In a non stick pan add 1 tsp oil and lightly sauté the cauliflower in it. Keep aside.

In the same pan add the remaining oil. Add the onion paste, ginger garlic paste and fry till golden brown.

Add the tomatoes. Next tip in all the dry powder ingredients that is chilli, turmeric, coriander and cumin. Also add the salt and sugar.

Mix everything well , if required add some water so that the masalas don't burn.

Fry the masala mix well till the oil begins to separate. Add the yoghurt and mix well. Add  water as required to make a thick gravy.
Add the sauteed cauliflower and the cashews and raisins into the gravy, cover the pan and let it simmer till the gravy dries up a bit.

Add the garam masala powder, garnish with green chillies and remove from heat.

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