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After my traumatic cauliflower fiasco last spring, I couldn’t even look at cauliflower.  It was truly my nemesis.  I’d see it at the market and just keep walking, not able to give it more than a passing glance (it was a crying shame really…at one point last fall, huge heads of cauliflower were only $.99 at the market where I shop…but my aversion was still too strong at that point).  Now it’s been the better part of a year and I’m happy to say that I’ve been craving cauliflower.  I’m not sure how it happened, but I’m cured, lol!

So, what to make when a cauliflower craving hits?  I decided on one of my favorite Indian dishes, a potato cauliflower curry.  It comes together fast and is spicy and satisfying for a delicious meatless meal.  Mike likes to eat his with basmati rice and I prefer to eat mine with Indian flatbread; we both enjoy it with raita or plain yogurt spooned on top.

Aloo Gobi Masala (Indian Potato Cauliflower Curry)

(Yield:  Serves 4-6 as a main course along with raita or plain yogurt and Indian flatbread or basmati rice, or about 8 as a side dish)

3 TB canola oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 large cloves garlic, grated

1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated

1 bay leaf

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp coriander

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)

1 medium head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets

2 medium (about 6 oz each) starchy potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

1 tsp sugar

1/2 c frozen green peas, thawed

Salt and pepper

Fresh cilantro or parsley (optional; for garnish)

Add oil to a large skillet with a lid over medium heat; once oil is hot, add onion and sauté until starting to soften (about 5 minutes).  Add garlic and ginger and sauté another 30 seconds; add bay leaf, garam masala, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, coriander, turmeric, and crushed red pepper flakes and sauté until fragrant (about 30 seconds to 1 minute).  Add cauliflower, potato, sugar, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and 1/2 c water; stir to combine.  Cover the skillet and cook over medium heat about 15 minutes (stirring occasionally), until veggies are tender.  Stir in thawed peas, cover skillet, turn heat off, and let sit 5 minutes so peas can warm.  Taste and season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes as desired.  Serve garnished with fresh cilantro or parsley if desired.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. I just made this along with your butter chicken and it is even better than the one I’ve had at my favorite indian restaurant. You shoul have your own food network show!

    1. Sharon, Thank you so much for your kind words – you made my day!! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes!

  2. i make this all the time! love it! but my recipe has a few differences, instead of green peas, i use chickpeas. and mine has an easy base of coconut milk and diced tomatoes. really yummy, i like to eat mine with tortilla chips! delish!

  3. I love a good curry. Love the flavor profile you used her, packed with bold flavors.

    A cauliflower triumph indeed.

  4. I love cauliflower Faith! This just sounds so warming and comforting – like it was made for a cold winter night, the kind of meal that warms you from the inside out! Delicious!

  5. One of my favorites with lentils and rice.I love the color that u have achieved with less turmeric.My hubby is crazy about gobhi…I ll try with bay leaves & mustard next time like you have done.

  6. This is the perfect dish to satisfy my curry craving! I usually make a chicken curry with lots of veggies, but I like your vegetarian version.

  7. Faith:
    When younger, I thought cauliflower was such a mild tasteless vegetable. Now, I find it very strong and sometimes it can be off putting to me. I love it raw. I enjoy it in some soups and love it pureed as a side. I am not into strong curries, but am starting to experiment gently with Indian flavours, as I do really love them in moderation. Thanks for the great recipe.

  8. Easily one of my favorite Indian dishes, and yet I’ve never made it myself. This must be remedied asap! Your recipe looks like a delicious place to start- Now I just need to pick up a head of cauliflower and I’m all set. :)

  9. Faith…I just made cauliflower with curry the other night :-) I love the idea of potatoes…will have to try this one soon…looks delicious. By the way, will want to try this with yogurt…yummie!

  10. Ben loves Indian food, and I’d be willing to try this! It looks good!

  11. I made a similar red curry potato/veggie dish this weekend. I love dishes like this – so flavorful, but healthy!

  12. Mmmmm. I like this, Faith. Glad you’re over your cauliflower-aversion so you could share with us!

  13. Glad your cured :) This dish would drive me, all of these flavors are so delightful…Wonderful dish :)

  14. This is making me crave cauliflower and I never had a disaster concerning it! ;) I never cook with it, although I am not sure why, because I don’t mind it and I see great recipes like this! I bet this has wonderful flavor!

  15. Wow, Faith, that is impressive! I’ve yet to try a curry, but if it’s as good as you say, I may have to build up the courage to make it!

  16. funny how you could not stand cauliflower and now you are okay with it. this dish looks fabulous!

  17. Faith, this looks delicious! YUM! Your curry has a great colour and certainly sounds very flavourful! I would love this with rice. I imagine it’d be brilliant with roti canai too!

  18. Wow…, now that’s a way to dress up an old boring cauliflower, nice one Faith :)

  19. This looks very healthy and delicious with all the spices there. I’m glad that you are back to cauliflower again.

  20. Time for some healthy and tasty vegetable treats! I love cauliflowers prepared at any style!

  21. This sounds delicious, just the kind of dishes we enjoy. Yum yum. Diane

  22. Faith, your aloo gobi looks so delicious! mine always turns out mushy and not very pleasing to the

  23. How can you not love that color??? This dish is fragrant, delicious and good for you…. what can be wrong with it. Beautiful photo too, Faith… I was so sad they were out at the market.. there must have been a run on cauliflower!

  24. Cauliflower is a favorite, I do not make often. Curry is also a favorite, I do not make often. Thanks for encouraging me to delve into these favorites.

  25. This looks like a healthy and wonderfully flavorful dish. Glad you got over your cauliflower

  26. I’m glad you got over your aversion to cauliflower, because it would be such a shame to miss out on this delicious dish!

  27. I love love indian curries… specially veggie based. I’m definitely trying this! :D

  28. You know how much I love Indian food :) This looks great, and I’m so glad that you got over your cauliflower aversion. It’s become one of my favorite vegetables, and especially in a curry like this, it looks awesome!

  29. Looks super delish! I love curry and all indian food flavors..mmmmm.

  30. This looks like such a bright and lovely dish. I’m always looking for new ways to serve cauliflower and this looks like a perfect addition to my roster. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  31. Glad the cauliflower loving is back in your life ;) I love cauliflower! Its amazing in so many dishes or on its own. I’ve never really made Indian food. I’m book marking- maybe I’ll get up the courage to try!

  32. We love cauliflower but never have much variety with it but this sure looks good! We’ll have to try it out!

  33. I love cauliflower. I used to hate it when I was a child but now I am a big fan. Indian kitchen is one field I must start studying. This looks delicious.

  34. I love potato curries and I love cauliflower curries; love the combo too. I need to think of this dish next time because I always end up making cauliflower fritters with tarator sauce the Lebanese way and it is getting old.

  35. Aloo gobi is one of my most favorite Indian dishes…you did a wonderful job recreating it!

  36. Yuuuum! I used to make this in college and stuff it back into a potato! (actually, now I make samosa twice baked potatoes, theres a recipe on my blog if you are interested! so delish!) ANYWHO haha what i’m trying to get at is that your’s looks PERFECTED! I totally bookmarked this for later. Hooray for adding more veggie centric meals to the table! <3

    Have a great day!

  37. This looks so appealing to me. I love cauliflower and it’s great when combined with potato and spices you used here. Fantastic!

  38. I admit it — I had to check out the cauliflower fiasco link. We’ve all had those moments! Looks like you recovered nicely with this dish.

  39. Hiiii Pal , howdya do??

    U come up with the best of India and the globe and this time is no exception , Oh sooo good!
    Am so glad that ur looking back at cauliflower again!

    Thannxx a ton for ur love and support and votes :-)
    Huggies for a great weekend!

  40. Hey Faith, Such a beautiful and I’m sure delicious vegetarian meal. I would love to try this for dinner. Thanks for sharing your recipe and such gorgeous photos;-)

  41. This is one of my all time favorite restaurant dishes but I have never made it at home. And it’s so easy ad healthy – I have to go buy some cauliflower ASAP!

  42. Yay! I’ve so glad you’ve gotten over your aversion. I hate it when being traumatized by a food prevents me from eating it. Especially if deep down I really do like it!

    This curry sounds wonderful! A great way to get back into the wild and wacky world of cauliflower eating.

  43. Great looking dish, such big flavor! We love cauliflower, usually just plain old roasted, this looks very good!

  44. I currently can’t bear cauliflower after a job where I had to chop 12 whole cauliflower heads into tiny piccalilli size pieces! However, your curry looks so delicious I think it may have cured me. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  45. I love this meatless meal! I also enjoy adding spices to my vegetables. Bravo to overcome your fear cauliflower. This is definitely an understated vegetable (just like parsnips) and so glad you brought it back into your life again. :)

  46. I love aloo gobi – thanks for posting the recipe up!

  47. I dish I very much like! Yours looks really appetizing.



  48. Faith,

    you done perfectly, this aloo gobi masala looks delicious. this is my favorite for rotis.

  49. I’m so happy you’ve made friends with cauliflower! What a terrific curry dish. I wish I could get my kids to go for cauliflower a bit more.

    Happy Weekend to you! ;)

  50. Dang, even if I still had a dislike for cauliflower and they were that cheap, I’d probably buy them and make my hubby eat them. Teehee. Yeah, it’s part of me hating to waste food.
    This is one of my favorite Indian dishes also. Yours looks so delicious. Now I want some cauliflower! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

  51. YAY! Now you have a better cauliflwer dish to remember by! Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables, so I’m glad you’ve recovered your love for it!

  52. LOL, I remember that! I hope you can now laugh about it. This, however, looks insanely delish! WTG!

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