Aloo Gobhi

Aloo Gobhi/ Potato cauliflower stir-fry

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For the football-crazy protagonist of the hit flick ‘Bend it like BBeckham there was no bigger fear than the dreaded ‘aloo gobhi’!
It is a quick stir-fry at my café, with no onion,garlic or tomato. Simple, everyday food and loved in the lunch box too.

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Ingredients
Cauliflower / phool gobhi- 1 medium flower chopped into florets
Potatoes- 2-3 medium sized, cubed
Ginger- 1 tsp ,grated fine
Green chilli- 1, chopped fine (or more if you like more heat)
Asafetida / heeng- ½ tsp
Cumin seeds/jeera- ½ tsp
Salt- 1 tsp
Red chilli powder/lal mirch powder- ½ tsp
Turmeric powder/haldi- ¼ tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya powder- ½ tsp
Mango powder/aamchoor- ½ tsp
Chopped green coriander/hara dhania- 1 Tbsp
Oil- 2 Tbsp

Wash and chop the cauliflower and potatoes.
Heat oil in a wok/kadhai and add the heeng and jeera.  Add the ginger and green chilli and stir for half a minutes. Add the chopped potatoes and cauliflower.
Lower the heat to medium and add all the dry masalas (salt,red chilly powder, turmeric and coriander powder) except aamchoor.
Mix well so that the masalas coat the vegetables.
Cover and cook till the vegetables are somewhat done- a little more than halfway I’d say.
Uncover and stir fry on high heat for the last 5-10 minutes.
Take off the heat and add aamchoor and chopped coriander.
Serve with chapati or dal and rice. I even put in into sandwiches! Served here with Methi Pyaaz paratha.

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Dahi ke aloo/Potato curry in a yogurt based sauce

This morning I realized I am lagging far behind in my grocery shopping. No veggies in the fridge! Not even tomatoes!
The potato basket was full, thank heavens! Quickly whipped up this super quick potato curry with a yogurt sauce- ‘dahi ke aloo’ as we call them.

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This is a simple curry with just two  ingredients- potatoes and yogurt. The dry spices are nearly always available in the pantry.It goes beautifully with roti, paratha,poori or rice.

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Ingredients

Potatoes- 4-5 medium, boiled and cubed
Yogurt/curd/dahi- 1 cup, at room temperature
Asafoetida/ heeng- ¼ tsp
Cumin seeds/jeera- ½ tsp
Salt- 1 tsp (adjust to taste)
Red chili powder/lal mirch- ¼ – ½ tsp
Turmeric powder/haldi- ¼ tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya powder- ½ tsp
Finely chopped green chili- 2
Oil- 1 Tbsp

  1. Boil the potatoes, peel and cube them.
  2. Take the yogurt and mix in the salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder. Whisk it well.
  3. Heat the oil and add the asafetida and cumin.
  4. Add the chopped green chilly.Stir.
  5. Add in the yogurt-spice mix and stir continuously till it gets to a boil. It is very important to stir continuously to ensure that the yogurt does not split.
  6. Add the cubed potatoes and mix well so that the spices coat the potatoes.
  7. Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes
  8. Done! Add chopped coriander and serve hot.

 

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  • This is a curry with thin gravy. In case you like a thicker consistency, adjust the amount of water accordingly
  • Ensure that the yogurt is at room temperature to avoid the yogurt mass and the water separating
  • In case apprehensive about the yogurt splitting, add a teaspoon to the yogurt and spice mixture and then proceed.