Monday, July 08, 2013

Cauliflower Peas & Potato Curry

Dry Cauliflower Curry
A stir-fried vegan dish, this is hearty enough to serve as a main dish. The cauliflower florets & potatoes are browned prior to combining with the spices and sauce. Browning the cauliflower brings out the true flavour of the vegetable. Without browning, the cauliflower is quite bland. Usually served as a side dish, it goes well with steamed Basmati rice or any type of Indian bread.

1 cauliflower, cut in florets
1 russet potato, cubed
1 cup frozen peas
4 Tbsp. extra light olive oil
½ tsp. shah jeera or cumin seeds
2 medium onions, cubed
2 tsp. ginger paste
1 tsp. garlic paste
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 – 3 green chilies
½ tsp. garam masala powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp. ghee

1. Boil water and blanch onions for 2 minutes, strain and set both aside.
2. Puree onions, chilies, onion, ginger, garlic and tomato pastes in a blender.
3. Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat and fry cauliflower until golden.
4. Remove cauliflower and set aside, then do the same with potato cubes.
5. Heat oil in the same pan and add cumin seeds.
6. When cumin starts to sizzle, add onion puree and simmer until oil resurfaces.
7. Add reserved hot water, bring to a boil and add cauliflower & potatoes.
8. Cover and simmer until potatoes are cooked.
9. Add frozen peas, adjust salt to taste, cover and simmer for five minutes.
10. Sprinkle garam masala powder over the cauliflower, stir and remove from heat.
11. Garnish with ghee and serve.

Cauliflower Curry in Tomato Gravy
The same recipe with gravy. Added 1 cup of hot vegetable broth at the end and simmered with 1/4 cup tomato puree for the gravy.

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