My travel tales generally have a strong association with food. As a child, I used to travel to North India for vacations. I clearly remember yogurt was extensively used to make the gravy for side dishes that go along with rotis. Cauliflower is a vegetable that blends easily into any form and is generally liked by everyone. The yogurt gravy in this recipe adds a tangy flavour along with the kick of the spices. The florets soak in the spicy essence of the gravy and end up being a delight on the taste buds.
Recipe Details :
Serves: 4 pax
Time: 30 mins
- 400 gms cauliflower, cut into small florets
- 1 cup frozen or fresh green peas
- 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1 cup yogurt/dahi
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 tsp grated ginger
- Salt to taste
- 2 tbsp gram flour/besan
- 3 tbsp oil
- Salt to taste
- Coriander to garnish
- Wash the cauliflower and cut them into small florets. Use the picture below as a size guide.
- Soak the florets in warm salted water for about 15 mins. After 15 mins, drain away the water to remove impurities. Lay the florets out on a kitchen towel so that excess water is absorbed.
- Heat oil in a pan and let it warm a bit. Then add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add in the cumin seeds.
- Add the grated ginger and saute well.
- Now add in the cauliflower florets and turmeric powder and mix them well so that the yellow colour spreads evenly.
- Next, add the green peas, salt and 2 cups of water and cover with a lid after mixing well. Cook this stage on a low flame.
- While this is cooking, take a bowl add the curd, a bit of salt and gram flour and mix well. I used Greek yogurt which is a bit thicker than homemade yogurt. Adjust the consistency of yogurt as you see fit.
- After the florets have cooked through, remove the lid and add in the yogurt mixture to the pan. Also add the garam masala powder.
- Finally, add the chopped tomatoes and mix well. Let this cook for another 5 mins. You need not cover the pan at this stage.
- Switch off the flame and serve hot with rotis. Also goes great with steamed white rice.
- Don’t overcook the cauliflower. You want them to retain their shape.
- Depending on the thickness of your yogurt, you may need to add some water to thin the gravy.