Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cauliflower Masala

          Cauliflower, I love this vegetable in any form, but my daughter, like many others can have this only in the manchurian or pakora form, now, I love them too but both the dishes are deep fried. Cauliflower Masala, well I gave it a name, I've tasted something similar to this long time back and I've tried reproducing it in my kitchen. It was a definite hit, tasted awesome, my daughter loved it so much. She had it with rotis for dinner and the next day, she had it just like that, as a snack, I should say, an healthy alternative to the manchurian and pakoras, give this a try, you'll love it..

Need To Have
  • Cauliflower - 1 small
  • Onions - 3 medium chopped finely
  • Tomatoes - 3 medium chopped
  • Grated Ginger - 1 tablespoon
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chopped Coriander - 1/4 cup
Roast & Grind
  • Coriander Seeds - 1/2 tablespoon
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
          Break big pieces of the cauliflower, wash well and then add to boiling water with salt, switch off and leave for 5 minutes, this way the cauliflower is cleaned well. Roast and grind ( coarsely pound) the given 2 ingredients. 

            Heat some oil, add the cumin seeds, when it starts sizzling, add the onions, saute till it turns pink, for 2 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, mix, then add the turmeric and chilly powder, the ground coriander-cumin powder and salt. Keep sauteing for another 3 to 5 minutes, till it is thick and looses all the raw smell. 

          Now add the cauliflower pieces and the grated ginger, mix, sprinkle some water, cover and cook till the cauliflower is done. Keep mixing in between and if it starts sticking to the pan, sprinkle some more water. Finally add the garam masala and the chopped coriander, mix and serve with rotis or even as an appetizer.

If the cauliflower variety cooks faster (like in the US) be careful with the water, the cauliflower available in India, needs a few sprinkles of water.
But do not add all the water at one time, add as needed.
To serve, place a piece of cauliflower and then top it with the masala, this is a semi-dry dish.
Freshly roasted and pounded ( I use the mortar and pestle) coriander and cumin seeds has a nice flavor that's absent in the store bought powders. 
You can use big chunks of frozen cauliflower also for making this dish.
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  1. ahh just looking at these is making my hungry!! look great!!

  2. Love cauliflower.. It looks so delicious and flavorful..

  3. Such a flavourful masala, can have happilu with some hot steaming rasam rice.

  4. The pics makes me drool,looks so yummy

  5. Nice deep red masala. Looks so inviting. I like cauliflower too.

  6. i m too a huge fan of gobhi! love this curry but i like that plate with the blue print more :)

  7. Love this flavorful curry with chapathis

  8. wow delicious masala,love the tempting clicks...

  9. Nice and flavourful gobhi masala..looks tempting!

  10. Simple and easy masala..Love the colors and clicks

  11. i m goin to make this today
    i love cauliflower but this is differnt fm usual way we make

    cucumber raita

  12. Tempting clicks & super delicious curry!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  13. u've dressed up cauliflower really well.. It is tempting.. apt for rotis
    Noel collections

  14. inviting dear..join me in fast food event - vermicilli .

  15. Looks and sounds spicy! Bet it tastes great!

  16. I love cauliflower and this looks delicious! Great with rice!

  17. It looks nice and spicy. Love the pics too.

  18. wow...so tempting n delicious looking preparation