Aloo Gobi Masala Recipe | Potato Cauliflower Masala

Aloo Gobi Masala is a delightful vegetarian dish that brings together the flavors of potatoes and cauliflower cooked in a flavorful and aromatic masala sauce.

Aloo Gobi literally translates to “Potato Cauliflower” in Hindi. Aloo gobi holds a special place in Indian cuisine. It is a beloved vegetarian dish that is often prepared in households and enjoyed in restaurants and dhabas alike.

I vividly recall the day I had my first encounter with aloo gobi masala at a food festival in my city. The dish was titled Halwai style Aloo Gobi Masala. I decided to give it a try.

The cauliflower florets and potatoes were coated with a thick masala sauce. When I took my first bite, I was immediately captivated by the explosion of flavors – earthy, savory, spicy, and slightly tangy.

The aloo gobi was unlike any I had tasted before. Each mouthful was a delight, and I savored every bite, relishing the perfect balance of textures and flavors. It left a lasting impression.

From that moment, my love for Halwai style Aloo Gobi was sealed. I became inspired to recreate this remarkable dish in my own kitchen, attempting to capture the same flavors and textures. I experimented with different techniques and flavors. It took time, but eventually, I recreated this delightful dish in my own kitchen.

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What is Halwai style?

Halwai style is a popular North Indian style of cooking vegetarian dishes. It refers to a cooking style that is associated with traditional Indian sweet shop vendors known as halwais.

Halwai style dishes are often prepared in large quantities and served during festive occasions and celebrations such as weddings, parties, festivals, and religious gatherings. Halwais strictly adheres to vegetarian cooking.

Halwai style dishes are prepared with and without onion and garlic, depending on regional preferences, religious festivals or occasions, or the specific dish being prepared.

About Aloo Gobhi Masala Recipe

Aloo Gobhi Masala Recipe features a combination of cauliflower florets and potatoes cooked in a spicy and tangy onion-tomato-based sauce with a medley of aromatic spices, resulting in a mouthwatering vegetarian delight.

Traditionally, the potatoes and cauliflower are deep-fried until they develop a golden brown color and a slightly crisp texture. Next, an onion-tomato-based sauce is prepared by simmering onions, tomato puree, ginger, and garlic together, a blend of spices creating a rich and tangy base. The fried vegetables are then added to the sauce, allowing them to absorb the flavors and become tender and succulent.

In this recipe, I have not deep-fried but shallow-fried the vegetables.

In Indian cuisine, the term “masala” refers to a blend of spices that is used to add flavor, aroma, and depth to various dishes. The word “masala” itself means “spice” in Hindi.

Masalas may be used in powdered form, as a paste, or whole spices that are toasted and ground just before use.

What makes this aloo gobi masala recipe special? The use of aromatic masalas/spices, carefully selected ingredients, and expert cooking techniques ensure that the dishes have a distinct and delightful taste.

Whether you’re a fan of spicy food or prefer milder flavors, this recipe can be customized to suit your taste preferences.

Try this authentic halwai style aloo gobi masala that will impress your family and guests with its flavors and textures.

Reasons to try

Easy to make.

Authentic flavors.

Delightful.

Bachelor & beginner friendly recipe.

Perfect for everyday meals.

Great option to pack in lunch boxes.

Vegetarian & Vegan.

Pro Tips

1. Cut the vegetables evenly: Ensure that both the potatoes and cauliflower florets are cut into similar sizes. This allows for even cooking and prevents some pieces from being overcooked while others remain undercooked.

2. Shallow fry the vegetables: shallow frying the vegetables separately before adding them to the masala ensures they are partially cooked and will retain their texture while absorbing the flavors of the masala during the final cooking process.

3. Masala base: prepare the flavorful masala base by sautéing onions, tomatoes, and spices until the oil separates.

4. Do not skip kitchen king masala and kasuri methi: these two are highly valued in restaurants, dhabas, halwai style gravies for their ability to enhance the flavor and aroma of various Indian dishes.

5. Simmer the curry for flavor infusion: after adding the shallow fried potatoes and cauliflower florets, simmer the curry on low heat. The slow cooking process allows the flavors to meld together and the vegetables to absorb the spices.

6. Gravy consistency: The gravy consistency of halwai style aloo gobi masala is typically thick and luscious. However, you can adjust the consistency to make it dry, semi-dry, or with gravy by adding a little water or cooking the dish for a longer time to reduce the liquid. Each variation tastes delicious.

halwai style aloo gobi masala recipe

Ingredients

Vegetables: potatoes and cauliflower.

Cooking oil: I have used vegetable oil in this recipe.

Onion and tomatoes: they form the base of the sauce.

Aromatics: ginger and garlic.

Dry spices: turmeric powder, red chili powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, chat masala, kasuri methi, kitchen king masala, and black salt.

I have added Kashmiri red chili powder so that this sabzi gets a perfect color.

Seasoning & herbs: salt and coriander leaves.

How to make Halwai style Aloo Gobhi

Step 1: Clean the Cauliflower florets

1. Use a sharp knife to trim off the tough part of the stem at the bottom of the cauliflower. Hold the cauliflower head upside down and gently break it into big to medium size florets.

Soak the cauliflower florets in a large bowl of cold water with a tablespoon of salt and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder for about 15 minutes. This can help remove any insects or dirt that may be hiding in the florets. Rinse them thoroughly afterward.

2. Meanwhile grind 1 large-size tomato, 1-inch ginger, and 5-6 garlic cloves to a smooth puree without adding water. Keep it aside.

Step 2: Shallow fry the Vegetables

3. Pour 1/4 cup of oil into a deep pan. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it is hot. Carefully add the cauliflower florets to the hot oil. Stir and cook until they turn golden brown and crispy.

The time will depend on the size of the florets and the intensity of the flame.

4. Once the cauliflower florets start to change the color add salt to season them.

Once the florets are cooked to your desired crispness, use a slotted spoon to remove them from the oil. Place them on a plate.

5. In the same oil, shallow fry the potato cubes over medium flame until they turn golden brown and crispy.

6. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried potatoes.

Step 3: Make the base masala

7. Heat the same oil. When the oil is hot, add 1/2 tsp cumin and let them crackle.

8. Add 1 medium size onion finely chopped and saute them until they turn golden brown in color.

9. Add the tomato puree and saute until the moisture evaporates and the mixture thickens.

10. Add the spice mix –

1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1-2 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tbsp kasuri methi
1 tsp chat masala
1/2 tsp black salt
1 tsp kitchen king masala
1/2 tsp garam masala
salt to taste

11. Add little water to prevent the spices from burning. Saute until the spices cook well and the oil separates.

Step 4: Simmer the vegetables in the sauce

12. Add the fried cauliflower and potatoes. Gently mix well with the masala so that the masala coats the vegetables evenly.

Cover the pan with a lid and let the vegetables cook on low heat for 5 mins. If the vegetables are not tender, add little water and cook on low flame until tender.

13. Finally, add chopped coriander leaves. Give a mix.

Aloo Gobi Masala is ready. Serve with rice or roti.

Serving Suggestions

Here are some suggestions to serve aloo gobi masala:

1. Roti: serve aloo gobi masala with freshly made roti, phulka, plain paratha, or lacha paratha, which are traditional Indian flatbreads. You can also serve it with Indian leavened bread like naan, tandori roti, or kulcha.

2. Rice: Pair the masala curry with steamed basmati rice, veg pulao, or jeera rice for a wholesome and comforting meal.

Balance the masalas of the curry by serving it with a refreshing onion-cucumber-tomato salad.

Storage Suggestions

If you have leftover sabzi, allow it to cool down to room temperature before storing it. Transfer it to a clean and dry airtight container and refrigerate. Consume the sabzi within 2-3 days.

Before serving, reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave until heated through. If the curry looks dry, add a splash of water while heating to adjust the consistency.

Variations

Make it rich and creamy: you can add some cashews paste in the onion tomato masala or cream toward the end.

Add other vegetables: you can add other vegetables like peas, bell peppers, or carrots for added flavor and variety.

Coconut milk: It adds a creamy and slightly sweet element to the dish.

aloo gobi masala recipe

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Aloo Gobi Masala Recipe

Author: Santosh Allada
Aloo Gobi Masala is a flavorful and popular North Indian dish made with potatoes (aloo) and cauliflower (gobi) cooked in a rich, spicy, tangy, and aromatic tomato-based sauce. It pairs well with fragrant basmati rice or Indian bread, the tantalizing taste experience will leave you craving for more.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Curry, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, North Indian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Cauliflower (cut into medium size florets)
  • 1 cup Potato (cut into medium cubes or wedges)
  • 1/4 cup Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 medium Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 large Tomato
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 5-6 cloves Garlic

Spice Mix

  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1-2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Kitchen King masala
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 1/2 tbsp Dried Fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
  • 1 tsp Chat masala
  • 1/2 tsp Black salt
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp Coriander leaves

Instructions
 

Clean the Cauliflower florets

  • Use a sharp knife to trim off the tough part of the stem at the bottom of the cauliflower. Hold the cauliflower head upside down and gently break it into big to medium size florets.
  • Soak the cauliflower florets in a large bowl of cold water with a tablespoon of salt and turmeric powder for about 15 minutes. This can help remove any insects or dirt that may be hiding in the florets. Rinse them thoroughly afterward.
  • Meanwhile grind tomatoes, ginger, and garlic to a smooth puree without adding water. Keep it aside.

Shallow fry the Vegetables

  • Pour 1/4 cup of oil into a deep pan. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it is hot.
  • Carefully add the cauliflower florets to the hot oil. Stir and shallow fry until they turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Once the cauliflower florets start to change the color add salt to season them.
  • Once the florets are cooked to your desired crispness, use a slotted spoon to remove them from the oil. Place them on a plate.
  • In the same oil, shallow fry the potato cubes over medium flame until they turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried potatoes.

Make the onion tomato base masala

  • Heat the same oil. When the oil is hot, add cumin and let them crackle.
  • Add finely chopped onion and saute them until they turn golden brown in color.
  • Add the tomato puree and saute until the moisture evaporates and the mixture thickens.
  • Add the spice mix – turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, kasuri methi, chat masala, black salt, kitchen king masala, garam masala, and salt.
  • Add little water to prevent the spices from burning. Saute until the spices cook well and the oil separates.

Simmer the vegetables in the sauce

  • Add the fried cauliflower and potatoes. Gently mix well with the masala so that the masala coats the vegetables evenly.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and let the vegetables cook on low heat for 5 mins.
  • Finally, add chopped coriander leaves. Give a mix.
  • Aloo Gobi Masala is ready. Serve with rice or roti.

Notes

Make sure to shallow fry the potatoes and cauliflower over medium flame until they turn golden brown.
Saute the onions until they turn light brown.
Cook the onion tomato masala until the oil separates.
Adjust the quantity of the spices as per taste.
Kitchen king masala and kasuri methi adds amazing flavors, dont skip them.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to clean Cauliflower?

Fill a large bowl with normal water and add a couple of tablespoons of salt. Stir the water to dissolve the salt. Separate the cauliflower into florets and submerge them in the saltwater solution. Allow them to soak for about 30 minutes. The saltwater helps to force the worms or insects out of the florets. Rinse the florets thoroughly under running water to remove any salt residue and any remaining worms or insects.

How to make No Onion No Garlic Aloo Gobi Masala?

This recipe tastes great without onion and garlic too. To make No Onion No Garlic Alu Gobi Masala, just skip adding onions and garlic and continue the same process.



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