Try a tasty twist on a classic Indian dish. This aloo gobi masala recipe is a delicious combination of potatoes, cauliflower and spices cooked in a flavorful curry-style sauce.
If you like Indian food, you will love the combination of potatoes and cauliflower cooked in a spicy tomato-based sauce. The spices used in the masala sauce give this dish its distinct flavor.
Combining cumin, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, and chili powder creates a rich blend of flavors that will leave your taste buds wanting more. The vegan dish can be enjoyed with rice or naan bread. It's perfect for lunch or dinner and makes great leftovers too.
Cooking up a small batch of aloo gobi masala is a great way to introduce yourself to Indian cuisine if you haven't tried it before. With its savory flavor profile, it's sure to become one of your go-to dishes for any occasion!
You only need a handful of simple ingredients to make this flavorful dish.
You'll need the following items to make the recipe.
- Cooking oil or ghee
- Cumin seeds
- Garam masala
- Ginger powder
- Turmeric powder
- Curry powder
- Chilli powder
- Cauliflower florets
- Russet potatoes
- Green chili pepper
- Lemon juice
Scroll down to the recipe card for quantities used.
The traditional method involves boiling the potatoes and cauliflower separately before mixing them together with the spices and other ingredients. However, this recipe cooks them in a pan to save time.
Add cumin seeds to hot oil in skillet and let them sizzle for a few seconds.
Stir in chopped onion and sauté until translucent.
Add and sauté the garlic until fragrant.
Mix in the tomatoes, all spices and salt.
Once tomatoes are tender, add the potatoes, cauliflower, and green chili pepper into the mixture. Sauté until soft.
Reduce the heat to low-medium, then cover pan and allow mixture to cook until cauliflower and potatoes are fork-tender, stirring occasionally.
This dish can be customized to suit individual preferences and taste buds by adding or removing ingredients and adjusting the spice level.
- Add additional vegetables. Some people like to add peas, carrots or green beans. But spinach or kale are great additions too.
- Use sweet potatoes. For a change in flavor, use sweet potatoes instead of regular ones.
- Add creaminess. For a creamier version of this dish, consider adding coconut cream or heavy cream towards the end of cooking.
- Change the spice level. Adding green chilies or red pepper flakes can turn up the heat. Reducing the amount of spices used would be ideal if you want a milder version.
- Use fresh ingredients. Fresh cauliflower, potatoes, and tomatoes can make all the difference in the flavor of this dish.
- Roast the potatoes and cauliflower first. Roasting your vegetables before adding them to the masala can add an extra layer of flavor and texture to your dish. Simply toss your cauliflower and potatoes with oil, salt, and pepper and roast in the oven until lightly browned.
- Spices are key. The spices used in an aloo gobi recipe give it its unique flavor profile. Cumin, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, and chili powder are all commonly used spices in this dish. You can also add some coriander powder or coriander leaves.
- Don't overcook. Overcooking or leaving your vegetables on too high of heat can produce a mushy or soggy texture. Cook until just tender but still slightly firm.
Aloo gobi masala is traditionally served with basmati rice or naan bread on the side to soak up all the delicious flavors. These sides can help balance out the intense spice and creaminess of the curry while also providing a satisfying carb component.
If you're feeling adventurous, add some crispy fried onions or garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for an extra pop of flavor and color.
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. To store, place it in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. This will help keep the flavors and moisture intact and prevent spoilage.
What does aloo gobi mean in English?
The name of this dish is derived from two main ingredients: aloo (which means potato in Hindi) and gobi (which means cauliflower in Hindi). These two vegetables form the base of this highly flavorful and aromatic curry.
Why is aloo gobi popular?
Combining vegetables and spices creates a flavorful dish that has become popular in India and worldwide. The popularity of the dish can be attributed to its simplicity. It requires few ingredients and is relatively easy to make.
Where is aloo gobi from in India?
The dish originated in Northern India, but is now enjoyed all over the country.
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- Air fryer home fries come out crispy on the outside and tender inside.
- Mexican rice is the perfect side for Tex-Mex dishes.
- Ratouille is a popular French vegetable stew.
- Radish salad combines shredded veggies with a sour cream dressing.
Aloo Gobi Masala (Cauliflower Potato Curry)
- ¼ cup cooking oil or ghee
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon curry powder
- ¼ teaspoon chilli powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 medium tomatoes finely chopped
- 1 small head of cauliflower cut into small florets with stems
- 2 small russet potatoes peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
- 1 small green chili pepper sliced
- 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice (plus more for serving)
- 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
- 2-3 Naan bread (optional) for serving
- Begin by heating oil in a pot with a non-stick surface or a heavy bottom over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, add cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds. Next, add chopped onion and sauté, making sure to stir frequently, until the onion is translucent, for 5 minutes.
- Add and sauté the garlic, for 30 seconds. Then, add the tomatoes, all spice powders (garam masala, ginger powder, curry powder, turmeric powder, chili powder) and salt. Cook until the tomatoes become tender, and the oil starts to separate from them,for 4 to 5 minutes. If necessary, add 2 tablespoons of water to the pan to deglaze and help the tomatoes.
- Incorporate the potatoes, cauliflower, and green chili pepper into the mixture. Sauté for approximately 5 minutes or until they become soft.
- Reduce the heat to low-medium, then cover the pan and allow the mixture to cook for approximately 20 minutes or until the cauliflower and potatoes are fork-tender, stirring occasionally. Add a splash of water once or twice if the sauce starts sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Finish with lemon or lime juice, chopped cilantro leaves and serve with naan bread.