We love this potato cauliflower curry. It’s bright and colorful with tons of flavor thanks to a mix of Indian spices. But don’t worry, since it’s homemade, you can make it as hot or mild as you like it.
As you may know by now, my heritage is German. Cooking Indian food and exploring all those amazing spices is a new and exciting culinary adventure for me. Luckily, our friends Rita and Vikram are amazing cooks and take great pleasure in introducing us to the world of Indian cuisine and culture. Rita’s potatoes are legendary. We always look forward to them whenever we get together. I was thrilled when Rita shared her potato curry or Aloo Curry recipe with me about a year ago. I’ve been making them ever since.
I’ve stayed true to Rita’s advice to always heat the spices. I’ve also tried some of the variations she’s suggested – more or less water, tomatoes or no tomatoes, green onions or cilantro, more chilis, etc. After many tasty experiments, I’ve settled on this version that includes cauliflower and just a bit of heat. We like this drier texture as it makes a great side dish, even to the more traditional German meals I make. I’ve learned that a potato cauliflower dish like this is called Aloo Gobi (Aloo meaning potato and Gobi meaning cauliflower).
I bet you’re going to love it. In fact, Canola Eat Well has included this recipe in their annual veggie recipe booklet that goes into every bag of veggies sold as part of the Farm to School Healthy Choice Fundraiser. Pretty cool! To get a copy of the veggie recipe booklet, just send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org or buy a bag of MB veggies from the fundraiser!
Here’s the full recipe for you to try followed by a few pictures of the process.
- 4 medium red potatoes
- 1 head small cauliflower
- 2 Tbsp canola oil
- 1 tsp black mustard seed
- 1 tsp cumin seed
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1-2 green chilies, finely chopped
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- ½ tsp garam masala
- 2 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes, fresh or canned
- ½ cup yogurt
- 2 Tbsp chopped, fresh cilantro or green onions
- Wash, peel and cut potatoes into 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) cubes. Place in pot, cover with water and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Cook uncovered, until just tender 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Trim, wash and cut cauliflower into small florets. In pot with steam basket and 3 inches (7.5 cm) of water, steam cauliflower for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove cauliflower and set aside.
- In large, heavy pot, heat canola oil over medium high heat.
- Add cumin and mustard seed and sauté until fragrant and starting to pop, about 30 seconds.
- Add onion and green chilies and sauté until onions are translucent, about 2 minutes.
- Add coriander, turmeric, cumin, garam masala, ginger and salt; sauté for 1 minute.
- Add tomatoes (add ½ cup (125 mL) water if using fresh tomatoes), loosen any browned bits and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in yogurt.
- Mix in potatoes and cauliflower. Cook for 5 minutes over low heat.
- Taste and adjust seasoning. For a thinner curry, add water to reach desired consistency.
- Remove from heat, garnish with chopped cilantro and enjoy.
- Yield: 8 servings Serving Size: 1 cup (250 mL)
- Toasting the seeds and then the spices really improves the flavor, don't skip this step!
Saute the seeds for maximum flavor – but be careful not to burn them or they’ll turn bitter.
Add onions and green chilies and saute til onions are translucent, not brown.
Add the ground spices, saute them too. Be ready to add the tomatoes and yogurt when the spices are nice and fragrant.
Mix in the pre cooked potatoes and cauliflower and heat through.
Taste and adjust seasoning and how liquidy or dry the mix is by adding more water if desired.
Serve with a garnish of greens – cilantro or green onions.
When I made this batch of potato cauliflower curry, I didn’t have any tomatoes. I used 1/2 cup of water instead, no big deal, still amazing flavor!
So, what do you think, will you give this dish a try? If so, please take a pic and share it with me by tagging @getgettys on Instagram. Or leave a comment and let me know how it went.
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