Aloo Gobi (Curried Cauliflower and Potatoes)

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Aloo Gobi (Curried Cauliflower and Potatoes)

Potatoes and cauliflowers were introduced to India relatively recently — potatoes in the 17th century and cauliflowers not until the early 1800s — but as one would expect, Indians have taken these vegetables and made them uniquely their own in an array of what are now classic dishes. In fact, India is the world's third and second largest producer of potatoes and cauliflowers respectively.

Aloo gobi — literally "potato and cauliflower" — is perhaps the most classic of these and one of the most defining exmaples of what Indian cuisine can do with ordinary vegetables. Popular across north India as well as Pakistan and Bangladesh, aloo gobi is a staple offering on the menus of Indian restaurants here in London and across North America. And being so popular, there are countless preparations for aloo gobi. But what all recipes have in common apart from potatoes, cauliflower and turmericc — which give aloo gobi its enchanting yellow color — is the gentle addition of spices and seasonings that enhance the flavor of the vegetables.

My version — adapted from Yamuna Devi's prize winning cookbook Lord Krishna's Cuisine — features potatoes and cauliflower simmered in a fragrant sauce that includes aromatic cumin seeds, fresh chilies to bring a little heat, and tomatoes to add tanginess and color.

A vegetarian classic in my own kitchen now, you may also want to consider a slightly different take of the dish which includes buttery chickpeas.

Aloo Gobi (Curried Cauliflower and Potatoes)

On the menu with:
Fennel-Flavored Urad Dal Soup
Basmati Rice with Ginger-Seasoned Yogurt

 Curried Cauliflower and Potatoes (Aloo Gobi) Aloo Gobi (Curried Cauliflower and Potatoes)
Recipe by
Adapted from Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking
Cuisine: Indian
Published on February 20, 2008

The classic north Indian curried vegetable dish — fragrant, spicy and delicious

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 to 25 minutes

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  • 4 tablespoons ghee or a mixture of butter and oil
  • small handful of green chilies, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, grated or minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 3 medium potatoes, cut into strips
  • 1 medium cauliflower, cut into 2-inch florets
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
  • lime or lemon wedges for garnish (optional)
  • Heat the ghee or butter and oil mixture in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the chilies, ginger, cumin seeds, and mustard seeds. Stir and fry until the mustard seeds turn gray and begin to pop. Immediately add the potatoes and cauliflower, and continue to stir for 5 minutes or until the vegetables start to brown.

  • Add the tomatoes, turmeric, coriander, garam masala, brown sugar (if using), salt, and half of the chopped parsley or cilantro. Stir to combine, cover, and gently cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes or until the vegetables reach your desired tenderness. Serve with the remaining fresh parsley or cilantro and lemon or lime wedges if desired.

Makes 5 to 6 servings

Aloo Gobi (Curried Cauliflower and Potatoes)


LisaRene said...

This recipe sounds like one I can handle. Pretty straight forward and no unfamiliar ingredients. Perfect for a "beginner" in Indian cooking. I would think the lime would be wonderful spritzed over this dish!

Peter M said...

Lisa, this dish would even make for a good cold potato salad, Indian style!

DK said...

I totally luv this dish..and I so luv your pictures. Your accompanying dishes sounded so appetizing...made me hungry! :)

Thanks for sending it my way Lisa..:)

FH said...

HI Lisa, aloo gobi looks delcious, my fave with chapatis!:)

Btw, I sent you my soup to you (emailed with photo), hope you got it.

Lisa Turner said...

I'm so glad you like my entry DK :)


Yes, I did get your entry, and I responded to your email. Maybe my response got snagged by your spam filter. Thanks very much for participating.

test it comm said...

That looks nice and tasty. I do not use cauliflower nearly enough.

Sara said...

Gorgeous! I'm hungry now!

Kalai said...

Looks great, Lisa! I love this with any roti. :)

zlamushka said...

Lisa, This is one helluva colorful stir-fry. Amazing. I never thought potato dish could look this pretty. Good job, girl!

LisaRene said...

Hi Lisa,

I made just made this recipe for dinner with excellent results! Check it out on my blog!

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