Alu Gobhi (Potatoes and Cauliflower Curry)

One of our fav subjis here at home. I love both potatoes and cauliflower, so this one is zimply yumm. This is the dry vegetable (without gravy) – a typical north-indian dish … Goes well with rotis as well as rice. I like to have it with even curd-rice (thair chadam) – that’s a nice combi of north-indian and south-indian food 😀 … 

This is a very common dish with numerous variations. The one we make at home uses cauliflower, potatoes, and tomatoes (if available) – but no onions or garlic. Here’s that version. 

Cauliflower: 1 medium sized
Potatoes: 2 large ones
Tomatoes: 2
Green chillies: 3
Cumin seeds: ½ teaspoon
Turmeric powder: ¼ teaspoon
Red chilly powder: ¼ teaspoon
Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
Oil: 1½ tablespoon
Coriander (cilantro) leaves: a handful
Salt to taste

  1. Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Wash well and soak in water with a pinch of turmeric powder.
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  3. In the meanwhile, peel and chop the potatoes into half-inch cubes.
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  5. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a heavy-bottomed non-stick vessel. Add the cumin seeds for tempering.
  6. When the cumin seeds are roasted, add the drained cauliflower florets.
  7. Mix well and cook covered on low heat. After about a minute or two, add the potatoes and mix.
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  9. Stir occasionally but gently so that the cauliflower florets don’t break apart.
  10. While the potatoes and cauliflower cook, finely chop the tomatoes and green chillies. Also, chop the coriander leaves separately.
  11. When the potatoes and cauliflower is half done (after about 7-10 minutes of cooking), add the tomatoes and green chillies. The tomatoes release their juices and help the cooking without adding more oil.
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  13. Add the turmeric powder, red chilly powder, and coriander powder to the veggies and mix gently.
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  15. Cook covered with occasional stirring. If the veggies seem to stick to the vessel, you may add a teaspoon or two of oil around the veggies – else sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of water. When the vegetables are almost cooked, add salt to taste. You can add salt earlier with the masala powders if you wish – but I usually add salt towards the end as I would require lesser salt that way.
  16. Check if the veggies are cooked. The tomatoes might be completely mushy, but the cauliflower and potatoes should be done but not mashed – the potatoes and cauliflower should hold their shape.
  17. Turn off the heat. Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves and enjoy with rotis, parathas, or rice!
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One Response to “Alu Gobhi (Potatoes and Cauliflower Curry)”

  1. Hey I made this recipe last nite. Turned out neat.. Thanks!!!
    – RB

    From skribles: Glad that you liked it RB 🙂 … and thanks for stopping by and commenting – do keep chkin out the recipes tht i put up …

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