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Monday, August 16, 2010

Golden Cauliflower



Golden Cauliflower

This was and still is my all time favorite vegetable. This is my mom’s recipe, I love to eat this with chapatti and plain yogurt and also with rice and plain yogurt….Thanks mom:)

1 whole cauliflower, cut into tiny florets
3 tbl spoon of vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
2 red chilies dried
1/8 teaspoon of asfoetida
3 tomatoes chopped
1 green pepper chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 Jalapeno pepper chopped
One Bunch of spring onions chopped
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)
3 table spoon coriander powder
1 table spoon cumin powder
2 table spoon amchoor
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon Garam masala
½ cup tomato paste or crushed tomatoes from can
½ cup chopped cilantro

* In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons each of vegetable oil,
* When heated add cumin seeds, mustard seeds.
* When they crackle, add dried red chilies and asafetida, immediately followed by cauliflower and all the chopped vegetables stirring occasionally.
* Add salt and all the spices over cauliflower.
* Toss to coat and to 'burn' spices a little.
* Add tomato paste or crushed tomatoes. Stir well and simmer 10 - 15 minutes.
* Add more water if it gets too dry.
* Garnish with Cilantro.

Serve as a side dish, or with chapatti, naan, pita or flat bread.

Can add Peas to this for more color and variation.

Notes: *Garam masala is a very popular combination of Indian spices. Every household in India has their own variation. It can be purchased at upscale grocery stores or at the West Side Market or your local Indian grocer.

Recipe and Photograph by Surekha.

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