Monday, March 25, 2013

(Amma Cooks) Cauliflower Potato Green Curry

Am not a tv-cookery-show-copy-cater, in fact I never follow cookery shows. An occasional Fabulous cakes/Nigella's Kitchen/Donna Hay ~it's an yes for me, but switching on the TV every day at the right time is never me. Might be because I am never good at memorising the list of ingredients that they blurt out in a fraction of second, let alone remember the method on how to go about making the dish. Am that bad...

In fact I still turn the pages of the cookbook that amma gave me, the 32-page handwritten notebook which is filled with amma's recipes, whenever I make sambar. Am that bad in remembering stuff. Amma is just the opposite, she follows Tamil cookery shows and tries them in her kitchen and it turns out just perfect. One such dish was the Chicken Nilgris chops, a now-family-favorite. She's been making it for years now and we usually have it with Neichoru a.k.a ghee flavored rice ~ a winning combo in terms of flavor and taste. About the recipe, it uses lots of coriander leaves and mint leaves ground to a paste and so imagine the aroma of the dish.

It was a Saturday a no,non-veg day for us. We had cauliflower, potato but the aloo-gobi masala seemed to be made more often and so we thought of making something new. Amma suggested incorporating the flavors of the meat dish in cauliflower and I was so into it. We had it with a simple curd rice and the simplicity of the flavors made for a hearty lunch.
~*What U Need*~
Cauliflower - 1,medium
Potato - 1, medium
Onion - 2
Tomato - 1
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt, Oil

Cardamom - 1
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 1" stick

To Grind
Mint leaves - 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
Green chilli - 1
Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup
Thick Curd - 1 tbsp

How I Made it:
Grind all ingredients under "to grind" to a semi-coarse paste. Clean and soak the cauliflower in hot salted, turmeric powder water for 10-15 mins. Heat 1 tsp oil in a kadai, add the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and when brown, add the sliced onions. Once soft, add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes. Add the tomatoes and saute till soft and mushy. Add the masala powders and fry for 2 mins. Now add the cauliflower florets and potato, add half cup of water and allow to cook. When the vegetables are soft, add the ground paste and cook for 10 mins in slow flame. Season with salt, add water to bring to desired consistency and cook for 2-3 mins. Remove from flame.

Serve with rotis/pulaos/naans.

** My Notes:
** You could add more water and make it like a gravy or semi-gravy too.
** Add milk instead of water or even cream to make it more richer.
** Add 5 cashews soaked in warm water when grinding the paste for a richer taste.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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38 comments:

  1. woo too good n yumm one.. nice veg gravy..

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  2. I really love this idea- definitely going to try it, thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Hey Vimitha, lovely dish. I always make cauliflower curry like this. I liked reading this post :-)
    Could you share or give the link for that Chicken Nilgiris chops as well...makes my mouth water just by hearing the name :-)

    Luv,
    Manju
    http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com/

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  4. loved the flavour of mint in aloo gobhi.will try this soon!

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  5. Mint and gobhi ......different combo
    Will surely try this :)
    ShrutiRasoi

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  6. dats different from usual masala.. :)

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  7. Lovely recipe...
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  8. Can imagine the flavor and taste,yummy curry

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  9. looks very flavourful n too good!!

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  10. Vims gud one dear...the masala is new and invitg

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  11. very yummy and healthy curry :) tempting me dear !!

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  12. Am feeling hungry looking at the clicks..Sounds and looks so delicious :)

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  13. wow - lovely post vimi...its always special when our mom makes and its more interesting when we learn from them and try the same...am loving it

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  14. Delicious Combo.. Looks very inviting!

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  15. I too second Manju..my mouth too waterd thinking about nilgiri chicken..this too looks equally mouthwatering..yummy :)

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  16. Perfect side dish for roti.Mouth watering.

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  17. Love this curry, a prefect side dish for hot piping rasam..

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  18. A very flavorful and aromatic curry Vimitha...

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  19. Delicious curry!! Wonderful snaps!
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  20. One awesome curry :) looks so lovely and innovative

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  21. very tempting curry dear..

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  22. Looks terrific, should have tasted that good too..

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  23. hey !!! i just had this combo today for lunch..just that it was a dry stir fry...same pinch!!! nice clicks

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  24. Delicious curry.. we Sindhis also have a similar curry but we make a combo of aloo and bhindi in green masala..

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  25. Yummy Curry

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  26. Delicious curry,amma always makes best.

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  27. Vimitha, this sounds so-o delicious. A wonderful explosion of flavors!

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  28. Looks tempting and Cauliflower and potatoes are my favorite too...

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