Aloo gobi is a zesty and comforting Indian side or main dish made with fresh cauliflower and tender potatoes. Here I share with you step-by-step instructions and photos for two different but equally delicious aloo gobi recipes: A rich and creamy restaurant style version, and a slightly lighter dry sabji variation.
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About These Aloo Gobi Recipes
Aloo Gobi is a rustic and satisfying dish that can be enjoyed as either a side or main entree. “Aloo” is the Hindi word for potatoes, and “gobi” means cauliflower. These two simple veggies are cooked with bold spices for a vegetarian – even vegan – recipe that is wholesome and simple but exciting to enjoy.
There are two popular preparation methods to make aloo gobi at my home. Both are incredibly tasty, but wonderfully unique. I suggest you give them each a try on different occasions and see which your family prefers!
Below you’ll find step-by-step photos and details for making two delicious variations:
- Aloo Gobi Curry – A restaurant style dish that features a rich and creamy tomato gravy.
- Aloo Gobi Sabzi – A Punjabi style dry version that’s sautéed with only a handful of simple ingredients.
Restaurant Style Aloo Gobi Masala
This restaurant style Aloo Gobi masala recipe makes a dish that is wonderfully luscious and rich, and is personally my favorite version. It includes a thick, vegetarian gravy made mostly with tomatoes and cashews.
If the sauce of the restaurant style aloo gobi seems familiar, it’s likely because this recipe uses the same makhani gravy that is added to make Paneer Butter Masala or Paneer Makhani. The only difference being there are onions in this aloo gobi curry, and it is slightly more spiced than a traditional makhani gravy.
While I’ve included butter and cream to make the creamiest and most indulgent sauce, feel free to omit these ingredients for a completely vegan restaurant style aloo gobi. The cashews and tomatoes will still create a wonderfully rich sauce on their own!
Want more creaminess? You can also add your choice of paneer or vegan-friendly tofu towards the end of cooking the aloo gobi.
I recommend you serve creamy, saucy, curry style aloo gobi masala with a side of steamed rice and fresh roti, paratha, or naan. Together they make for a terrifically hearty meal that’s perfect to serve at nearly any gathering, large or small!
Recipe 1 – Aloo Gobi Curry
1. First, soak the cashews in hot water for a total of 20 to 30 minutes. You can start this process just before you begin to make the rest of the recipe.
Next, rinse a medium-sized cauliflower in fresh water for a couple of times. Chop the cauliflower into medium-sized florets.
Blanch fresh cauliflower florets in hot water. Using the microwave or stovetop, bring plenty of water and a generous pinch of salt to a full boil.
Add the florets to a heat-safe bowl, and cover with the boiling water. Let soak for 15 to 20 minutes while you make the aloo gobi sauce.
After 15 to 20 minutes of blanching, drain the water and optionally rinse the cauliflower florets. Set them aside.
Note that this blanching step is optional and skip it if you use homegrown cauliflower or if it does not have any insects or worms.
2. After they’ve soaked for the full 20 to 30 minutes, drain the water. Add the cashews to a spice grinder or blender and blend to create a smooth, thick paste with 2 tablespoons of water
3. Meanwhile, in large pan over medium heat add 1 tablespoon of butter (or ghee) plus 2 tablespoons of your preferred cooking oil. Once hot add the whole spices:
- 1 inch of cinnamon
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 to 3 green cardamoms
- 2 to 3 cloves
- 1 black cardamom
- 1 single strand of mace
Fry the spices in the hot butter and oil for a few seconds or so, until they become fragrant.
4. Add ½ cup chopped onions.
5. Continue to stir and sauté the onions and spices. The onions should become golden. Stir the onions often while sautéing so that they cook evenly.
6. Add about 1 teaspoon (more or less to taste) of ginger-garlic paste, and saute for a few seconds or until no longer raw smelling. Lower the heat a bit if needed to keep the paste from burning.
7. Now add 2 large sized finely chopped tomatoes (approx 2 to 2.5 cups finely chopped tomatoes).
8. Stir well and saute until the tomatoes soften and become pulpy. This takes about 5 to 7 minutes on low to medium heat.
9. Then add the cashew paste along with following ground spices:
- ½ teaspoon of Kashmiri red chili powder (or deghi mirch, or ¼ teaspoon of red chili powder or cayenne pepper)
- ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
10. Stir and mix well to create a thick paste like mixture.
11. Keep sauteeing and stirring regularly until the fat starts to separate from the masala mixture. This should take about 8 to 10 minutes after the cashew cream is added. The masala paste mixture will leave the sides of the pan, thicken and look glossy.
12. Rinse and add the blanched cauliflower florets, plus 2 medium sized potatoes that have been peeled and chopped (approx 2 to 2.5 cups of diced potatoes).
13. Stir, and then pour in 1.5 to 2 cups of water. Taste and season with salt as needed.
For a thicker consistency in the gravy you can add less water. I get cauliflower which takes more time to cook, so I add about 2 cups of water. If you have cauliflower that cooks faster then add less water.
14. Reduce the heat to low, and cover the pan with a lid. Simmer until the potatoes and cauliflower are both just fork-tender. Check and stir regularly, and add a bit of water (up to 2 to 3 tablespoons or more, if the water dries) as needed.
15. The aloo gobi gravy should be creamy and thick by the time the cauliflower and potatoes are cooked.
Once they are done, add the following ingredients:
- ½ a teaspoon of crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon of garam masala powder
- 2 tablespoons of heavy cream (for a non-vegan version) or 3 tablespoons of light cream or cooking cream (low fat cream).
Stir and simmer uncovered for less than a minute, and remove from the heat right away.
16. Serve aloo gobi masala with steamed basmati rice, cumin rice, or Saffron Rice, and your choice of Roti, Paratha or Naan on the side. You can opt to garnish with some coriander leaves (cilantro) or mint while serving.
Leftovers will keep well in a sealed container in the refrigerator for about 1 day.
Dry Aloo Gobi Sabji
This recipe variation has a video as well as step by step photos. An easy, simple, homely and tasty aloo gobi dry made with 6 ingredients.
This simple Punjabi recipe of dry aloo gobi is a regular at home and also the family favorite.
I have had many different varieties of aloo gobi. This recipe is the way we make it at home and a family recipe. It is my mom-in-law’s special recipe. Most of her recipes are easy and quick to make and yet taste delicious.
Initially, when I used to cook this dish, I just couldn’t get the gobi to get cooked. As a result, I would add some water and steam and thus the dish would become soggy and mushy.
After many trials and errors, I have mastered the art of cooking this aloo gobi dish. It just requires patience and slow cooking. Plus the cauliflower and potatoes have to be sautéed for some time before they are steamed.
Apart from cauliflower and potatoes, ginger, red chili powder and garam masala is also added. So this Aloo gobi sabzi derives it main flavor and aroma from ginger, red chili powder and garam masala.
The dish has the gingery taste in it. So if you like ginger then you will like this easy and simple variation.
This is dry sabzi and goes very well with roti, paratha, bread or naan. It can also be had as a side vegetable dish with the main course of dal-rice. It can also be packed for lunch box with a side of roti or paratha or bread.
Recipe 2 – Dry Aloo Gobi Sabji
1. Rinse 1 medium sized cauliflower a couple of times in water. Chop into medium florets. Boil water to which some salt has been added and take it in a bowl or pan. Add the cauliflower florets.
Cover the bowl and blanch them in the hot water. I usually get cauliflower, which takes a lot of time to cook. So I blanch the florets for 15 to 20 minutes. But you can blanch for a few minutes to 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel and slice 5 to 6 medium-sized potatoes in wedges. After 15 to 20 minutes, drain the cauliflower. Rinse with fresh water if preferred and set aside. The step of blanching is optional and is only done if there are insects in the cauliflower.
2. In a kadai or thick bottomed pan, heat oil or ghee (clarified butter).
3. Lower the flame and add the potato wedges.
4. Stir the potatoes well and saute them on a low flame or sim for 6 to 7 minutes. Stir a couple of times when sauteing them for even cooking.
5. Add the cauliflower and sauté for about 3 to 4 minutes. Continue to stir in between.
6. Add 4 teaspoons of chopped ginger. Stir again very well.
7. Then add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder and salt as required.
8. Combine and mix very well so that the spices are mixed uniformly in the sabzi and coat the veggies evenly.
9. Cover the pan with its lid tightly.
10. Simmer for 18 to 20 minutes on a low flame. Timing will vary with the size, depth and quality of the pan and flame intensity.
11. In between for a couple of times, remove the lid and stir well.
12. Cover and then again continue to cook. Do not add any water. The veggies will be cooked with the steam inside the pan. But in case the veggies starts sticking to pan then add a few splashes of water. Mix and deglaze. Cover with lid and continue to cook.
13. Once the potatoes and cauliflower have cooked, softened and have become fork tender, sprinkle ½ teaspoon garam masala powder and mix it with the entire sabzi.
14. Serve this dry aloo gobi sabzi with roti or paratha or bread and a bowl of curd (yogurt). The recipe also makes for a tiffin box brunch or lunch with a side of roti or bread. If you want you can garnish with a few coriander leaves.
You can also serve this dish with any Indian main course.
Expert Tips for Aloo Gobi
- Cauliflower: Use fresh and tender cauliflower. Sometimes your cauliflower may have worms or insects. To get rid of these, blanch the chopped cauliflower in hot boiling water for 15 minutes as I have explained in the stepwise photos above.
- Potatoes: To make aloo gobi, you can easily use red skinned potatoes, baby potatoes, russet potatoes and yukon gold (yellow potatoes).
- Spicing: Feel free to adjust the spices according to your preferences. Both the recipes are not spicy, so you can add some more green chillies or red chili powder for a spicy taste.
- Fat: Most often I make both these aloo gobi recipes in oil, though you can opt to use ghee or butter.
- Cooking times: Try to cut the potatoes and cauliflower in the same size, so that they get cooked evenly. The cooking time will vary with the kind of potatoes and cauliflower you use.
- Variations: For a hearty meal, add veggies like carrots, green peas, french beans or sweet corn in the aloo gobi curry.
More Tasty Dinner Recipes for You to Try:
- Gobi Masala – creamy, delicious and lightly spiced gobi masala made restaurant style.
- Cauliflower Curry – healthy and delicious cauliflower gravy dish.
- Jeera aloo – an easy and quick recipe of potatoes spiced with cumin seeds.
- Potato fry – simple, easy and tasty recipe of potato fry.
- Cauliflower fry – easy and quick cauliflower recipe inspired from the Kerala cuisine.
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Aloo Gobi (2 Ways)
Recipe 1 – Aloo Gobi Curry (Restaurant Style)
For Cashew Paste
- 15 whole cashews
- ½ cup hot water – for soaking cashews
- 2 tablespoons water – for blending cashews
- 2 tablespoons oil – any neutral oil
- 1 tablespoons Butter
- ½ cup chopped onions or 1 medium-sized onion
- 1 to 1.25 teaspoons Ginger Garlic Paste or 1 inch ginger and 3 to 4 medium garlic cloves crushed in a mortar-pestle
- 2 to 2.5 cups finely chopped tomatoes or 2 large tomatoes
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder or deghi mirch or ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne
- 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
- 2.5 to 3 cups chopped cauliflower florets or 1 medium-sized cauliflower
- 2 to 2.5 cups diced potatoes or 2 medium-sized potatoes
- 2 tablespoons cream – whipping cream or heavy cream or 3 tablespoons light cream or cooking cream
- ½ teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi), crushed
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon Garam Masala or tandoori masala powder
- 1.5 to 2 cups water or as needed
- salt as required
- 1 inch cinnamon
- 1 tej patta (Indian bay leaf)
- 2 to 3 green cardamoms
- 2 to 3 cloves
- 1 black cardamom
- 1 single strand of mace
Recipe 2 – Dry Sautéed Aloo Gobi Sabji
- 4 tablespoons oil or ghee (clarified butter)
- 400 to 450 grams cauliflower or 1 medium sized cauliflower, florets removed and rinsed
- 300 to 350 grams potatoes or 5 to 6 medium size potatoes, sliced in wedges
- 1.5 to 2 inches ginger or 4 teaspoons chopped ginger
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder (or deghi mirch)
- salt as required
- ½ teaspoon Garam Masala
- 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves for garnish – optional
Preparation – Recipe 1 for Aloo Gobi Curry (Restaurant Style)
- First soak the cashews in warm water for 30 minutes. Then drain and blend them to a smooth paste with about 2 tbsp water in a grinder or blender.
- Rinse and peel the potatoes and then dice them. Chop the onions and tomatoes finely.
- Rinse and chop the gobi/cauliflower into medium sized florets.
- Heat enough water with salt for the florets to be immersed in, on stove top or in the microwave.
- Add the rinsed florets and keep them immersed in the hot water for 15 to 20 mins. This is to to get rid of the insects or worms that might be in the cauliflower.
- Then drain the cauliflower and rinse once again with fresh water.
- Note that the blanching of cauliflower is an optional step. Skip this step if you use a homegrown cauliflower or if the cauliflower does not have any insects or worms.
Making aloo gobi curry
- Heat the butter and oil in a pan and add all the whole spices or whole garam masala listed above. Saute till the spices become fragrant.
- Then add the chopped onions and saute till they become golden.
- Add the ginger-garlic paste. Stir and saute till the raw aroma of the garlic-ginger goes away.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and sauté till the tomatoes become soft and pulpy. This takes about 5 to 7 minutes on a low to medium flame.
- Add the cashew paste and all the spice powders one by one – turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder.
- Stir and saute till you see fat coming from the sides of the masala paste.
- The masala paste will start getting together and you will clearly see the fat leaving the sides. This process takes about 8 to 10 minutes on a low to medium flame.
- Keep stirring often so that the masala does not stick to the pan.
- Add the cauliflower and the potatoes. Stir well. Then pour water and season with salt as required.
- Do add water as required. Where we live, I get cauliflower which takes more time to cook. Thus I add more water. If the cauliflower takes less time to cook, then add less water.
- Cover and cook the curry till the veggies are done but not falling apart. Stir for a few times when the veggies are simmering.
- If the gravy (sauce) thickens too much then just add a few tablespoons of water and simmer for a couple of minutes.
- Lastly add the garam masala powder, crushed kasuri methi and cream.
- Stir and simmer the curry for half a minute without the lid. You can garnish with chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves if you prefer.
- Serve the aloo gobi hot dotted with cream or butter and sprinkled with a pinch of garam masala, accompanied with rotis, naan or steamed basmati or cumin rice.
Preparation – Recipe 2 for Dry Aloo Gobi Sabji
- First rinse 1 medium sized cauliflower in fresh water for a couple of times. Chop into medium-sized florets.
- Boil water to which some salt has been added and take it a bowl or pan. Add the cauliflower florets.
- Cover the bowl and blanch them in the hot water. I usually get cauliflower, which takes lot of time to cook. So I blanch the florets for 15 to 20 minutes. But you can blanch for a few minutes to 5 minutes.
- After the blanching is over, drain all the water and rinse the florets once more if you prefer.
- The step of blanching is optional and is only done if there are insects or worms in the cauliflower.
- Meanwhile slice the potatoes in wedges.
- In a kadai or thick bottomed pan, heat oil or ghee. Lower the flame and add the aloo/potato wedges.
- Stir the potatoes well and sauté them on a low flame or sim for 6 to 7 minutes. Stir a couple of times when sautéing them.
- Now drain the cauliflower of all the water and add them. Sauté cauliflower for 3 to 4 minutes. Continue to stir often.
- Add chopped ginger. Stir again very well. Spice up with turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt.
- Stir again very well, so that the spices are mixed uniformly in the sabzi and coat the veggies also evenly.
Cover and cook
- Cover the pan with its lid tightly. Cook the aloo gobi 18 to 20 minutes on a low heat. Timing will vary with the size, depth and quality of the pan and flame intensity.
- In between for a couple of times, remove the lid and stir well. Cover and then again continue to cook. Do not add any water. The steam inside the pan will help in the cooking of the veggies.
- But in case if the vegetables starts sticking on to the pan then sprinkle some water. Mix and deglaze removing the stuck ingredients from the pan. Then cover with lid and continue to cook.
- Once the potatoes and cauliflower have cooked, softened and fork tender, sprinkle garam masala powder and mix it with the entire sabzi.
- Serve aloo gobi ki sabji with rotis or parathas and a bowl of curd or bread. The recipe also makes for a tiffin box brunch or lunch. If you want you can garnish aloo gobi sabzi with a few coriander leaves.
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This recipe post is from the archives and has been updated and republished on August 2021.
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potatoes, cauliflower, curry – love it dassana ! your easy to follow directions are a blessing to us all who love indian food – its the best!!!
Thanks a lot.
Ooooh this one is so classic recipe. I can never survive without making aloo gobi. Tried both ways. Thank you!
Great and thanks for sharing.
The dry version of this recipe is the best one I’ve found so far to achieve the texture and taste I was looking for, and it’s so easy to make !
Thank you Karine.
Easy to follow directions. Thanks so much.
Tasty. Will make again.
Aloo Gobi is a FAVORITE of mine ! Thank you for the Recipe !!!
How can you make this with gobhi finished in brownish Colour as I see in many delhi resturants. Are the florets prefried?
yes they are fried and then added to the gravy. plus most restaurants use brown onion paste which gives a very nice taste to the aloo gobi. onions are browned first and then made into a paste.
I tried this aloo gobi twice….both times it turned out awesome…. I have tried many of your recipes…and they all were super tasty. Clear instructions and step-by-step photos are of real help…. Whenever I m in dilemma of what to cook for Tiffin …i always look out for recipes on your blog…thank you so much
Welcome Priti. Glad to know this. Thanks for sharing positive feedback on recipes.
I love this recipe and make it a few times a month.
One thing I have done is chopped the finished gobi aloo and then put it between two pieces of lightly buttered bread. I then put it in a sandwich maker to grill and seal the mixture in. I then serve the sandwiches with sweet chili sauce (Maggie) to dip it into. My family loves this for a delish portable lunch. 🙂
Welcome Regina. Its a good idea. Even I have also done this at times when i feel like having sandwich or there is left over aloo gobi.
Can we cook in pressure cooker??
Fazila, it will be tricky to make in a pressure cooker.
Love this recipe!! It’s now a favourite!! Turns out so good,every time!!
thanks shalini for your positive feedback
Beautiful alu gobhi recipe ! Luv it. However intead of blanching I micro the cauliflower for 6 minutes so it is half cooked . Saves time. Thanks.
thanks kalyani for the feedback on recipe as well as for sharing this tip.
I have tried many of your recepie..and it did all good for I am a true beginner. Please I request u to also give about the quantity of salt to be added ( for medium salt intakes )
thanks shruti. in some recipes i do give salt measurement. but in majority of the recipes i do not give as the taste for salt varies from person to person. e.g. same dish one person may find a bit salty and the other person will find perfect. i would give you a suggestion. when making any recipe for 3 to 4 servings, first add 1/4th teaspoon salt. mix very well and check the taste. then add more 1/3rd to 1/2 teaspoon salt. generally for a serving of 3 to 4, 1/2 to 2/3rd teaspoon salt is fine.
Hi, I am a big fan of yours. This feedback is not just for this particular recipe but for all those I have tried. You have made my life so good by these simple and yummiest recipes. Thank you so much for all these recipes.
Also, I read that you don’t make soya chunks….. But please do your magic and post some recipes for the same.
thanks a lot sarabjeet for this lovely comment. i do not include soy chunks as i had read one article on the manufacturing process of soy chunks in india. its highly processed and the goodness of soy beans gets lost due to the over processing. thus i don’t cook soy chunks or granules. but i do cook soy beans sabzi and curry, just like we make rajma or rongi masala.
Surely, you meant to cauliflower should be blanched for only 15 to 20 seconds (not minutes), correct?
here we get cauliflower, which takes a lot of time to cook. so i did meant blanching for 15 to 20 minutes. i will update in the post that the cauliflower can be blanched for a few minutes too.
i have tried some of ur recipes, all are Awsome, i am not able to comment on matter paneer recipe box for comments so am writing here,
Mattar paneer was toòooo guuuud nd as usual lunch box came back EMPTY,
many thanx for making our life easy by giving such recipes which help us to add variety to our daily cooking,
Keep uo d gud work,
One suggestion – any new recipe posted by u should be easily seen on d front page of ur blog for ppl like me,
thanks, God bless .
thanks a lot jaya for this feedback. i will check the issue with comment section on matar paneer post. all the new recipes are posted on the front page. thats how the website is designed. all the latest recipes are on the home page. let me know if you see old posts or recipes.
Simple recipe. new lunch box favorite 🙂
thank you greeshma 🙂
I have just discovered your wonderful cooking site, and want to thank you for the wealth of recipes, the clear instructions and esp, that you have included step-by-step photos. That is so confidence inspiring! My first recipe to try will be this aloo gobi, I order the dish whenever we visit an Indian restaurant..
I wonder if you would consider linking your recipes to Pinterest?
thankyou so much dolores for your kind and encouraging words 🙂 surely try and let us know how the aloo gobi was? we are working on our blog will place the pinterest soon on our pictures thanks.
Thank u for this simple and tasty recipe.
Wow thats nice I am pakistani but i live indian dishes so you did great job
thankyou yasir 🙂
Thanks you for this Simple and Delicious recipe
welcome sumit 🙂
amazing great job the end product looks beautiful and yummy!! I like this recipe its easy and simple and all these ingredients are easily at hand! thank the lord for your website…i would be a complete mess without it lol…5/5 stars!! =)
thankyou hema for tthe five star rating 🙂 and glad to know you liked the aloo gobi recipe 🙂
Amazing to see Kashish’s comments. I have a daughter named Kashish too. The reason it’s amazing is that my wife has gone to India for a couple of weeks and I have been trying my best to take care of stuff, you know!
I tried your recipe for Aloo-Gobi, except that I added Jeera w/ Oil, and did not add ‘Garam Masala’, because I could not find it 🙂
The end-product was amazing and it was so simple. Thanks and now I am looking forward to trying out some of your other recipes when my wife gets back home. I realize how hard it is for someone to do this on a daily basis.
welcome deepak. thanks for sharing your positive feedback.
All your receipes are just too good. I miss my mummy a lot after making all the dishes. Surf almost all receipes on the Internet but always end up trying with your instructions only.
Thanks for being a great support.
Keep up the good work.
welcome kashish. thanks for sharing positive feedback.
Thank you for your great recipe. I tried it yesterday and my wife loves Aloo Gobi, it came
out wonderful. now I am preparing to learn Paneer Tikka this weekend and will follow your
welcome bhikkhu. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your positive feedback.
thank you for a great dry aloo gobi recipe. Delicious! Just tried it. I have also had instances of the cauliflower not cooking at the same rate as potatoes and then -tempted to speed up the process- adding a little bit of water to find that the whole thing turns into a mushy mess…
I got around that recently by sauteeing the potatoes until they are nice and golden, putting them aside on a plate; cooking the gobi separately till it is nice and not too soft and then combining the two. Might not be the traditional way but it is foolproof! Hope this tip helps everybody 🙂
thanks maria for the feedback. the tip you have shared is such a good one. agree its much better if the cauliflower refuses to cook. the tip will surely help the other readers as well.
Simple dumb question. Do you need to boil the aloo and gobi before cooking?
This recipe looks really mouth watering. I have tried making Gobhi a couple of times. But every time it takes a long time to cook. To ensure that they are cooked properly i have even boiled them in hot water with some salt. However, the amount of time taken to cook continues to remain the same. Is it because of the quality of the vegetable or some other reason?
it is due to the quality of the vegetables. i have had once an experience with gobi like this. the gobi refused to cook even after steaming and sauting for a lot of time. the potatoes were cooked and became so soft and mashable and the gobi was just not cooking. finally in desperation i added water and steamed the gobi and we had a mushy aloo gobi.
Wonderful, less masalas recipe, simple flavors. I would add jeera to the oil though.
Dassana, I’ve been following your recipes for quite a while already, but this is the first time I’m commenting. First of all I’d like to thank you for your amazing website and your recipes.
I like this simple version of aloo gobi, but the absence of sauce and the long sauteeing make the potatoes prone to sticking to the pan. If I’d use a non-stick pan this would not be an issue, but I don’t want to use such a pan because they seem to lack durability. You mention “a kadai or thick bottomed pan” in this recipe, so I bought a thick-bottomed enameled Dutch oven. I’ve found that even with a adequate layer of oil, onions quickly tend to stick to the bottom of the pan, as do potatoes. It gets worse as more oil is absorbed by the onions and other ingredients. So an enameled pan seems wholly unsuitable to cook a dish like this.
So my question is, what kind of cookware do you use? Non-stick, steel or cast iron perhaps? And what kind of cookware would you recommend for this recipe in specific? I, and probably other readers as well, would appreciate it if you could give some advice on cookware and kitchen equipment in general in some sort of FAQ page.
thanks alexander. simple recipes liked these which do not have any sauce, are best made in a kadai or wok. i use the iron kadai which i have. even a good sturdy steel kadai makes the job easier. dutch oven is best used for making gravies or sauce based dishes or a biryani or pilaf. when i make this dish, after all the sauteing is done, i cover the kadai and cook. so the steam helps in cooking. a sprinkling of water also helps at times. a kadai or a shallow frying pan does not have much depth as compared to a dutch oven. the there should not be too much of space between the lid and the food. a smaller space helps the steam to condense and cook the veggies quickly. you can use a frying pan too. just cover the veggies tightly with a lid.
btw i haven’t used onions in this recipe. but as you mentioned, the onions do absorb a lot of oil if using such pans. i suggest you to go for a very good iron kadai or a sturdy steel kadai. the kadai should be heavy. if its light, then the food gets stuck. you don’t need to season them if you use them often. they are also good for making halwa or puddings like carrot halwa or semolina halwa and even for deep frying like pooris or samosas. you can make any dry veggie dish in the kadai. there are different sizes available. best is to buy yourself rather than buying online. non stick is also good. but not everybody uses non stick.
i will be considering your suggestion. i have got a few more suggestions from readers and will try to add them in the blog.
Thank you so much for your detailed answer Dassana! I’ll go shopping for a good pan.
Excellent recipe. Suggest write tips on how to cut and clean Gobi since it sometimes has worms in it which have to be carefully seen and washed away.
usually i add these things, but have not done in this post. thanks for the suggestion.
Wat is sabzi?
sabzi is hindi word for vegetable dish.
Planning to try soon
no body at home simply i thought of doing dinner at home itself
for my bro ,dad and my baby khushi …i felt so
easy to do it …..thanks….
This is how i always wanted my aloo gobhi to be, but could never get it, till i tried your recipe. What can i say, you are my new favorite person. Thanks for posting this.
thanks a lot, neha.
Hi, Thanks for this recipe. I have been a vegetarian all my life and I simply love Aloo Gobi(I love aloos and my mum gobis!). I am definitely going to try this tonite… I will certainly update you on the results… Hopefully it turns out well. Well, gotta go out and get my hands on some good gobi! Do continue to give us lots of no-onion, no-garlic recipes. Thank you again.
thanks ambeca. this recipe is a bit tricky. so if the gobi does not cook, then just add some water and cover the pan. the gobi will cook faster. also use a heavy based pan or kadai so that the veggies don’t stick at the bottom.
Hi, I tried this vegetable for dinner for the first time. it came out very well and tasty. it was simpleto make. pls post some more veg subzi recipes..
thats nice to know sam. there are a lot of sabzi recipes already posted on the blog. you can find them on this link: https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/recipes/indian-vegetable-recipes/
I tried making the sabzi this way but it got all mashed up with the aloo. The pieces started breaking. What am I doing wrong?
i think the cauliflower must have got overcooked. once the cauliflower and potatoes are cooked… thats it, switch off the fire… if you cook more than the cauliflower will get mushy. it also depends on the quality of veggies. i have had made aloo gobi with cauliflower which took ages to cook.
another way to cook the aloo gobi is too not to cover the kadai or pan at all. in this case you have to stir the sabzi for some times so that they do not stick to the bottom of the pan. this method takes a longer time than the one in the above recipe.
Too verbose. Simple and great recipe, you should try to write simple and short as well. Too many words.
dear sheela…. this is my way…. can’t help it…
Simple and excellent recipe. Loved it and cannot wait to try it. Thanks again for sharing this great recipe.
Picture itself tempted me to try this recipe… thanks a lot for the wonderful recipe.
I have never seen a more beautiful looking Aloo Gobi – the colors are captivating. Very Inviting.
I don’t know whether to admire the camera or the camera Person but the dish is certainly worth admiring and worth trying.Thank you and your mother in law
Long Long back in human history it was said
” The way to a Man’s Heart is through his Stomach ”
Seduction of Man through food is an age old practice.
I was only elaborating that point a bit.
Sorry you found parts of my remarks dis tasteful.
Your editing was crisp.
You should be made a Film Censor board member.
i deleted part of your comment, because it would have been offensive to many readers from india.
while maintaining a website i have to consider many factors. i am glad you have understood my position.
Yummy! I am loving it!
wow real good i prepared it just today
hey thats so mouth watering…gobhi was that vegetable which was out of my list….but now will surely try it…thank u
fantastic…nd simple…….m gng to try it soon
This is the first time I am cooking Aloo gobi and I found your recipe closest to how my mom, my grandma and my sisters made when I was growing up. Thanks for keeping it simple to cook and not add unwanted ingredients.
What a refreshingly simple twist on a classic. I always mush up my gobi too much, but will try with more patience the next time 🙂
i used to mush up this recipe very much in the beginning and would never get it right. I did not have the patience to cook it then and it does require a slow process of cooking.
I have just found your blog through tastespotting and it’s great!! I am adding you to my blogroll 🙂
We love aloo gobi – thank you for sharing this recipe!