Saturday, December 17, 2011

Green Peas, Potatoes Cooked with Cauliflower (Matar Aloo Gobhi) (No Onion-Garlic)

Winter Vegetarian Main Course Special
Punjabi/Uttar Pradesh Cuisine
Green Peas, Potatoes Cooked with Cauliflower (Matar Aloo Gobhi) (No Onion-Garlic)
Serves 3-4

Popular North Indian Preparation 

Potatoes- 3 No’s, cut in Cubes
Cauliflower- 1 Medium, cut in Big Florets
Green Peas- 50 Grams/4 Tbsp., Boiled
Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil- 2 Tbsp.
Cumin Seeds (Jeera)- 1 Tsp.
Ginger- 2 Inch Piece, cut in Strips
Green Chillies- 3, Slit
Salt- To Taste
Turmeric Powder (Haldi)- ½ Tsp.
Red Chilli Powder (Kuti Lal Mirch) – ½ Tsp.
Coriander Powder (Dhaniya Powder)- 1-1/2 Tsp.
Garam Masala- ½ Tsp.
Fresh Coriander Leaves- 3 Tbsp., Finely Chopped

Wash, Peel & Cube Potatoes into 1 Inch pieces
Wash, cut into Big Florets removing stems and soak these in Hot Boiling Water (with Turmeric Powder & Salt)

In a large Non-stick Wok/Pan, heat the Oil on Medium Flame
Add Cumin Seeds and Sauté till they crackle
Add Ginger, Green Chillies, Turmeric Powder and Sauté
Add Potatoes, Cauliflower, Salt and cover to cook in their own steam on low Heat
Extra Water should be avoided as this is a Dry Vegetable preparation, so keep on checking in between so the Vegetables stay intact and don’t stick to the bottom
In about 10 minutes, add Red Chili Powder, Coriander Powder, Cumin Powder and mix well

Cook till Vegetables are tender but not mushy
Sprinkle Garam Masala, Garnish with Fresh Coriander and serve hot with Phulkas!

Trust me, as there a lot of variations in this dish, we try to make it Delhi style without Onions and Peas
Just by mixing 100-200 Grams of Boiled Peas in here gets a fresh colorful look while adding a punch of Nutrition

Cauliflower can be added after deep frying till it’s about 60-70% done or as florets directly
Frozen Cauliflower florets can be used if this dish needs to be prepared in less time, just remember not to thaw them but use them as it is in the recipe

Ghee was and is still used in Indian Cuisine for the authentic taste but to maintain a healthy balance in this dish as well, equal quantity of Olive Oil and Ghee can be used

Keep cubed Potatoes in Cold Water immediately to prevent discoloration. Drain the water and dry them with Paper towel just before usage
Frying Potatoes till Golden brown before adding Cauliflower gets in a different taste all together
Pinch of Kitchen King Masala works too in case Garam Masala isn’t available

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)

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