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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Aloo Gobi

1/2 - 1 Potato (cut lengthwise)
1/2 Cauliflower (washed and chopped into medium size florets)

1 medium sized onion (cut lengthwise)
1 tspn cumin seeds (Jeera)
1 tspn red chilly powder
1 tspn Garam masala
1/4 tspn turmeric powder
1 tspn dry mango powder
1/2 tbspn coriander powder
1-2 green chillies (slit lengthwise)
1/4 tspn Hing (aesfotida)
Pinch Cinnamon powder (you can use the 1 cinnamon stick alternatively)
1-2 tbspn oil

Heat oil. Once it is hot add cumin seeds and let them sputter on medium flame.

Add hing (aesfotida) and let it sizzle. You can lower the flame otherwise the cumin seeds will get burnt. This tempering (Wagaar) process should be quick.

Add onions and stir fry on a medium flame.

Add green chillies.

Stir fry for a minute or two.

Add chopped potatoes first as they are harder and would take longer to cook than the cauliflower.

Add salt as per your taste.

Add Turmeric powder.

Stir well on medium flame for about 10-15 seconds.

Cover with a lid and let the potatoes cook on a low flame for about 2-3 minutes.

Now add the cauliflower florets.

Add some more salt since the salt added earlier was just enough for the potatoes. You need to add some salt now since you are adding the cauliflower at this step.

Add some turmeric powder again. Its the same logic that applied to the addition of salt.

Stir well so all the yellow color of the turmeric powder spreads evenly.

Cover with a lid and cook on a low flame till the potatoes and cauliflower are soft, opening the lid and stirring in between after about every 3-4 minutes to make sure nothing is getting burnt.

Once its all soft then add coriander powder.

A pinch of cinnamon powder.

Add red chilly powder

Add garam masala

Add dry mango powder

Now stir well so all the spices mix nicely.

You can garnish with freshly chopped coriander and serve hot with Roti/Paratha topped with butter or some ghee.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~Hippocrates

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