Monday, March 22, 2010

cauliflower

After my delightful delivery of organic fruit and vegetables from the organic supermarket on Friday I have been trying to work my way through all of it to ensure that nothing is wasted.
To get right down to business I used a lovely medium sized cauliflower head, earthy carrots, medium dry potatoes and some green beans to make an extra veggie aloo gobi.
You will need:
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 medium cauliflower head, in small florets
a handful of green beans, trimmed and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and cubed
2 tsp sunflower oil
1 tsp cumin seeds, whole
1 tsp cumin seeds, ground to a fine powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
coriander leaves, chopped, to serve on top

I used a large shallow frying pan with a lid for this dish. A large casserole dish will also work - the lid is necessary to trap the steam which will cook the vegetables without the need for a lot of liquid. The vegetables should be steamed rather than boiled.

In the pan heat the oil and add the cumin seeds and heat until they begin to pop a little and release their pungent smell. The add the chopped onion and soften for a few minutes.
Add the rest of the spices and cook for a few minutes until the onions are well coated in spices.
Add the cauliflower and potatoes and a generous sprinkling of salt.

Stir around and bring the vegetables to a low even heat throughout. Put on the lid and let the vegetables sweat in their own juices. If you find that the mix is a little dry, then add a small cup of water to ensure that the vegetables steam. Keep stirring every 2-3 minutes to make sure it does not stick to the bottom.

I cook this slowly and it takes a good 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of your florets and the potato cubes, but when both are tender to the point of a knife, then you are ready to serve.
This delicious vegetarian dish was served this evening with naan bread and some natural yoghurt.


I also made some lemon oil which is a refreshing kick if a little is added to the top.

Crush 1 clove of garlic and blend to a paste in a pestle and mortar with some rock salt. Add about 4 tblsps of olive oil, 1-2 tblsps of freshly squeezed lemon juice and salt and pepper to you own taste and whisk together vigorously.

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