Warm winter root vegetables, encased in warm spices, toasted to a golden brown. Delhi winters remind me of alu gobi or simply put, potato cauliflower. The name is simple, but the teasing taste is not–few spices go into this alu gobi, read on to find out my special spice mix for this astonishingly flavourful & goodlooking addition to your winter table.
1 ½ cups potatoes, washed, peeled and cubed
1 ½ cups cauliflower, washed, florets removed
¼ tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp crushed dry fenugreek leaves
1 tsp roasted coriander powder
1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
½ tsp dry mango powder
½ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp turmeric
Salt to taste
1 tbsp coconut oil
Pots n pans
• Steam both potatoes and cauliflower till cooked but still crisp never overcooked or soggy.
• Heat skillet. Add oil and then spices in this order in quick succession: cumin, fenugreek leaves, ginger, coriander powder, mango powder, turmeric and cayenne pepper last. (SOS cumin burns quite quickly so be watchful as you add spices)
• Stir the spices together and then toss in the cooked potatoes and cauliflower. (SOS I used red potatoes, you can use any as long as you pick potatoes that hold their shape after cooking. Look for boiling potatoes that are low in starch not baking potatoes that are high in starch & tend to collapse. we’re not looking for a mashed potato.). Add salt and stir to coat root vegetables with spice oil.
• When veggies are lightly roasted , add hing, stir once & then turn off the stove.
• Cover skillet and let sit about 1 minute.
• Serve with rice or any favourite bread.
Must haves and options
This is a delicious roasted root veggie dish. What rounds up alu gobi and makes it perfect and comforting for winter months in my opinion is just these 3 spices—dry fenugreek, mango powder and of course fresh ginger. These 3 alone witll turn up the taste factor in alu gobi. Ginger is readily available everywhere. For the other 2, see if you can source them from your local Indian store. You’ll probably get them packed in a ground powder form. Don’t worry that all you need is a teaspoon and wonder what to do with the remaining. Bottle it up after opening and refrigerate it so that the spice flavours remain fresh till your next use.
Hope you enjoyed today’s delicious post.. If you have never tried to make alu gobi thinking its too complicated, you will love this easy recipe. And if you have already tried it, do let me know if you agree with my practice of adding fenugreek, ginger and coriander to make alu gobi simply sparkle.
— soul of spice —