Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Gobi Masala

M's summer break started almost 2 weeks ago. In anticipation, I bought tons of arts/crafts stuff for her. I bookmarked a few short summer camps/classes that she could go to (tennis, theater kinda stuff). We went to the library and picked out many books. And she has had many play dates with one of her friends. She has been "helping" me in the kitchen or experimenting on her own. Not to forget, her TV time. You'd think that's a lot going on, right? Despite all the stuff and activities, she complained of boredom (and here I was, all proud of myself for coming up with so many things!) and last week asked if there weren't any fun summer camps around that she could go to! And how about I check with S's school to see if they had any. That way, when he cried, she could be there to take care of him! (Every now and then, the big sis love happens. For the most part though, she finds him annoying!). She likes having people around, that kid and only me & her was just not cutting it. Long story short, she started her summer camp this week. In S's school (and without having caught as much as a glimpse of him while there, of course :) And 2 days down, still loving it. If we were in that fab community of ours in BLR, it would have been a totally different story - with me having to persuade her to join a camp, do something, anything, apart from playing with her gang of friends all day.

Here is a curry I made with cauliflower. Many of my lengthier curries are usually offshoots of this curry, as this gobi masala is too.

Gobi Masala


1 small cauliflower, cut into florets and cleaned
1/2 cup milk (or some cream)
1/4 cup tomato puree
Whole garam masala (bay leaves, 2 cardamoms, 3-4 cloves, 2 small cinnamon sticks)
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp kasuri methi
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp sugar (optional)
1 tbsp oil, divided
salt to taste

To grind 1:
1 medium onion, chopped

To grind 2:
8-10 cashews
8-10 almonds
1 tbsp raisins


Soak almonds, cardamoms and raisins in warm water for 15 minutes and grind to a paste using a little water.
Fry chopped onion in about a tsp of oil, until brown. Let cool and grind to a smooth paste.
In a pan, heat the remaining oil and fry the whole garam masala in it for about 30 seconds.
Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for at least a minute on medium.
Add the nuts-raisins paste, red chilli powder and turmeric and saute for a minute more.
Add the cauliflower florets, milk, the onion paste and salt to taste.
Mix well. Cover and cook on low until the cauliflower is cooked through.
Mix in the tomato puree and kasuri methi and cook on low for another 4-5 minutes.
Finish with garam masala or KK masala.


Shweta in the Kitchen said...

Hi Vani,

Stumbled upon your blog & found it interesting, you have a great recipe collection & am happy to follow you.
Inviting you to visit & follow my blog

Poonam Borkar said...

gobi masala looks so inviting..loved your space..glad to follow u..do stop by my space too in your free time! :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Bookmarked to try..looks so creamy and yummy

Chandrani said...

Gobi masala looks so creamy and yummy...

Sharmila said...

No wonder it looks so creamy ... almonds and raisin paste ... wonderful! Have been trying out some palyas from here ... love them ... never got 'round to telling you. Must try this one too ... will be good with parathas for dinner. :-)

Priya said...

Wat an irresistible gobi masala,looks super rich n yummy.

Happy Cook / Finla said...

So sweet love reading the love happening aobut the big s :-)
Delicious looking curry.

Paaka Shaale said...

Cauliflower is my favourite vegetable. I keep looking for recipes that uses cauliflower. This looks fantastic. I am bookmarking this :)

Prabha R said...

Gobi Masala looks so yummy, cant resist.. Happy to follow you..

Vani said...

Shwetha, Poonam, Prabha - thanks for following me. I have you guys on my reader now :)

Sharmilee, Chandran, Priya, Finla, PS - thanks guys :)

Sharmila - glad you tried the palyas. any one that stood out for you? And oh, you'll love this one :)

Kannada Cuisine said...

rich and satisfying ....

BongMom said...

Almond and raisin paste sounds fab. Am going to flick this idea.

BIg Sis is staying home this summer while LS is going to school summer camp for 2 days. I don't have any plan not even 1% of what you did

Nagashree said...

Another Gobi masala, looks fantastic!

Sharmila said...

The beet root and the eggplant ones are my favs Vani. In fact that is the only way I have beets ... thanks to you. :-)

Vani said...

Thanks, Smitha and Nagashree :)

San - Please go ahead and flick it! It was def flickable :) Kids home for summer? You working from home?

Sharmila - I love the beets too. In fact, N hated beets until he had the palya. Now that is the only way he eats it :)