I always make sure to include pure veg Indian dishes into my menu planning. You can imagine the upside of eating veggies of course, we all know that they are good for us. As a meat lover I find it difficult at times to completely enjoy veggies when they are just plainly cooked without much flavor additions. That’s why I tend to enjoy a dish such as this easy Aloo Gobi Masala.
Veggies cooked in a spicy gravy such as a curry can convince you that eating vegetables can be pure pleasure. Some cumin here, some garlic there, a pinch of yellow turmeric to brighten the dish and a handful of fresh herbs to finish it. You can manipulate the seasoning of vegetables with spices in countless ways and let your creativity flow.
That’s what I do and sometimes the result is a taste pleasure but I do have to confess that I had my bad seasoning days in the past, especially at the beginning when I tried using more and more new and unknown spices. I made mistakes but learned of it, adjusted the flavors until we were convinced that the flavor was satisfying our hunger for dinner. If a new dish turned out exceptionally well I would post it here, as I have been doing for a while now, such as with this aloo gobi – potato cauliflower curry.
Sometimes instead of using different spices I would prefer to rely on a spice blend mixture (masala). It saves time and comes handy. Popular spice blend types include Garam Masala, Tandoori Masala, Chole Masala, Chaat Masala, Meat Masala, Kitchen Kind and Curry powder.
In today’s aloo gobi masala you will find Curry powder, which is one of the most popular spice blends in the Western world. The German’s use it in their Curry Sausage, the french in their mayonnaise. In Goa India, Curry powder is very rarely used in the cooking, so I haven’t much come across curry powder flavored dishes in my surrounding.
In fact I only found one shop who sells ready made curry powder in North Goa, I am sure there should be more, but to be honest it’s still nothing compared to Europe. In Europe you can see everywhere curry powder, in all shops, it is quite popular. I enjoy curry powder too so I created my own, which I posted here 2 years ago.
It’s so easy to make your own curry powder at home and it can save you so much food preparation time while providing a great flavor experience. I think you should try it some time and then make this aloo gobi masala. It will take you about 25 minutes all together to prepare and cook this dish, saving you effort and time after a long day at work.
Do you like Indian curries? I may recommend my quick and easy chicken curry, goan meatball curry, easy and quick paneer korma, mushroom masala, easy butter chicken, as well as a collection of 18 fantastic chicken curry recipes from India.
Aloo Gobi Masala – Easy Potato Cauliflower Curry Recipe below:
- 4 small Potatoes
- 100 grams Cauliflower
- 1 Onion
- 1 small Tomato
- 1 fresh green Chili
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
- ½ Teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 1 Tablespoon Curry powder
- pinch Salt
- pinch Pepper
- 3 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
- 3 Tablespoon fresh Cream
- 100 milliliter Veg Stock or Water
- fresh Coriander/Cilantro or Culandro to garnish
- Peel, rinse and quarter your potatoes. Rinse and cut the cauliflower florets. Cook potatoes and cauliflower until soft.
- In the meantime, slice your onion and dice your tomato. rinse and slit your chili lengthwise. Add some Olive oil to the pan and stir fry the onion and chili until the onion is translucent. Cooking the chili at this stage will reduce some of the heat. Add the tomatoes and ginger garlic paste, stir fry.
- Then add the seasoning, turmeric, curry powder, salt and pepper. Stir fry all this for a minute, the spices should not burn. Then add the tomato paste and cream, mix well.
- Continue to add in the veg stock or water and the previously cooked potato and cauliflower, mix well and cook for 5-10 minutes.
- garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with rice or flat bread.
What’s your all time favorite spice blend?
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