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Aloo gobi (potatoes with cauliflower)… one of the most common dishes in an Indian restaurant in a buffet, and according to me one of the worst prepared dishes there. Most Indian restaurants seem to be masters at taking some of the best home made dishes and smothering them with oil, spices and this weird ingredient that makes you feel like you’ve eaten for an army. Anyway, here’s a real simple and healthy aloo-gobi recipe, just how my Mom and her Mom have been making it for years…. just the kind of recipe that is symbolic of home cooked food. Some aloo gobi, rotis or rice, daal (lentils), a little achaar (pickle) and some yoghurt, yep! that would be a perfect simple meal.
Ingredients to Serve 4
Wash and clean the cauliflower. Break apart the florets so they are about 2 inches long and wide. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat. When it’s hot, add the curry leaves. These are completely optional, so feel free to leave them out.
When they sputter a little, add the onions and ginger. Cook this on medium until the onions are translucent. Make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom and the onions don’t get brown. The key to doing that is to keep the heat at medium or a little lower.
Now add the turmeric and red chilli powder and saute for another 2 minutes.
Add the potatoes and stir. Cover the skillet and lower the heat one more notch down.
Stir it every couple minutes to make sure they don’t stick to the bottom. If you feel no amount of lowering the heat will do, you can add a little bit of water. Just enough to keep things from sticking.
When the potatoes are about half done, add the cauliflower. Give it a stir and let it cook with the lid on.
Check it every couple minutes and add a few drops of water if it’s sticking. If not, just be patient, it’ll be done before you know it.
When everything is almost done, add the salt and aamchur powder. If you don’t have any aamchur powder, add some lemon juice. What we are trying to achieve is a very subtle tanginess, so don’t overdo it.
That’s it, let it cook for another couple minutes and it’s done.
Garnish with some cilantro and have it as it is or with rotis or rice.