gobi matar

Gobi matar recipe with step by step photos. Dry and lightly spiced recipe of cauliflower with green peas. A vegan dish.

Gobi or cauliflower is a much loved veggie in our Punjabi household. So its not surprising that we make a Cauliflower dish at least once a week. Usually I just make Aloo gobi or Cauliflower fry or Aloo gobi matar.

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gobi matar

Aloo or potatoes have to be added in a dish where there are cauliflower and peas. Somehow I restrain myself from adding potatoes when I prepare this gobi matar. Another similar recipe you can check is this Bandh gobhi matar made with (cabbage and peas).

This is again a family recipe. its different in the sense that whole spices aka garam masala are sauteed. Generally whole spices are not added to vegetable dishes. They are added in powdered form as garam masala powder or sabzi masala. Its this sauteing of the whole spices with onions and tomatoes that gives this dish its distinct taste and flavor. The sabzi is lightly spiced and have a mild heat coming from the green chilies.

Here I have cooked the peas first. Since we do not get tender peas here and they take a lot of time to cook. I have used fresh peas which I shell and then freeze them. If you have green peas that cook faster, then just add them to the dish directly and no need to pre-cook them.

gobi matar recipe

This dry version of gobi matar goes very well with chapatis, phulkas and even bread. It also goes well as a side veggie dish with dal-rice. This gobi matar also goes well for tiffin box lunch with chapatis.

How to make gobi matar

1. This first step is optional and only if you get cauliflower which has insects. In India we get insects in cauliflowers and to get rid of them I follow this method. If you live outside India and get clean cauliflower then there is no need to follow this method. Just add the cauliflower directly. Chop or break the cauliflower/gobi into small florets. Rinse them and then blanch in hot salted water for 15 to 20 mins. Drain and keep aside.

gobi florets for gobi matar recipe

2. Cook the peas in water till they are almost cooked. Then drain and keep aside.

matar for gobi matar recipe

3. Heat oil and crackle the whole spices viz – cinnamon, cloves, caraway seeds, star anise, black pepper and Indian bay leaf (tej patta).

spices for gobi matar recipe

4. Add the finely chopped onions, green chilies, ginger and garlic. Saute till the onions become light brown.

onions for making gobi matar recipe

5. Then add the finely chopped tomatoes.

onions for making gobi matar recipe

6. Then add turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder. Stir and saute till the tomatoes soften and you see the oil releasing from the sides.

spices for making gobi matar masala recipe

7. Add the blanched gobi/cauliflower florets.

add gobi for for gobi matar recipe

8. Stir well so that the onion tomato and spices mix uniformly with the cauliflower florets.

stir - gobi matar masala recipe

9. Cover with a rimmed lid or plate in which water is added. Cooking with this technique does not burn the cauliflower. Also you don’t need to add any water in the cauliflower. A lot of steam is formed inside the pan which helps in cooking the cauliflower. Do check the veggie after some minutes and stir. If the water dries up in the lid/plate, then add more water.

cooking gobi matar recipe

10. When the gobi is almost cooked, add the peas/matar and garam masala powder.

add matar or peas for gobi matar recipe

11. Stir and cover with the rimmed lid with water in it. Cook for a further 7 to 10 minutes on a low flame, till the cauliflower and peas have become tender and cooked well. Once done, if there is any moisture in the pan, then cook without the lid and let the moisture dry up.

gobi matar, for gobi matar recipe

12. Garnish with chopped mint or coriander leaves. Serve gobi matar hot or warm with chapatis or rotis or jeera paratha. For more delicious matar recipes, you can check this collection of 26 Matar recipes.

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gobi matar

4.88 from 8 votes
Dry and lightly spiced recipe of cauliflower with green peas
gobi matar recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:45 mins
Total Time:1 hr 15 mins
Course:side dish
Cuisine:north indian
Servings (change the number to scale):4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

  • 450 to 500 grams cauliflower (phool gobi) or 1 medium cauliflower
  • ¾ to 1 cup peas (matar) - fresh or frozen (check notes on when to add tender or frozen peas)
  • 120 grams onion or 2 medium sized onions - about 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 large tomato or 3 small sized tomatoes - about ¾ cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 to 3 green chillies or ½ to ¾ teaspoon finely chopped green chilies - reduce the amount of green chilies if making for kids
  • 1 inch ginger - about 1 to 1.25 teaspoon finely chopped or minced/grated ginger
  • 6 to 7 medium sized garlic or 4 to 5 large garlic - about 1 to 1.25 teaspoon finely chopped or minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shah jeera)
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • ½ of a star anise (chakra phool) - optional
  • 4 to 5 black pepper
  • 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon oil
  • salt as required
  • some chopped mint leaves or coriander leaves for garnish

Instructions

preparation

  • Chop or break the cauliflower/gobi into small florets.
  • This step is optional and only if you get cauliflower which has insects. In india we get insects in cauliflowers and to get rid of them I follow this method. If you live outside india and get clean cauliflower then there is no need to follow this method. Just add the cauliflower directly.
  • Rinse them and then blanch in hot salted water for 15 to 20 mins. Drain and keep aside.
  • First cook the peas in water till they are almost cooked. Then drain and keep aside.

making gobi matar

  • Heat oil and crackle the whole spices viz - cinnamon, cloves, caraway seeds, star anise, black pepper and indian bay leaf (tejpatta).
  • Add the finely chopped onions, green chilies, ginger and garlic. Saute till the onions become light brown.
  • Then add the finely chopped tomatoes.
  • Then add turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder. Stir and saute till the tomatoes soften and you see the oil releasing from the sides.
  • Add the blanched gobi/cauliflower florets.
  • Stir well so that the onion tomato and spices mix uniformly with the cauliflower florets.
  • Cover with a rimmed lid in which water is added. Cooking with this technique does not burn the cauliflower.
  • Also you don't need to add any water in the cauliflower. A lot of steam is formed inside the pan which helps in cooking the cauliflower.
  • Do check the veggie after a some minutes and stir. If the water dries up in the lid, then add more water.
  • When the gobi is almost cooked, add the peas/matar and garam masala powder.
  • Stir and cover with the rimmed lid with water in it. Cook for a further 7 to 10 minutes on a low flame, till the cauliflower and peas have become tender and cooked well. Once done, if there is any moisture in the pan, then cook without the lid and let the moisture evaporate.
  • Garnish with chopped mint or coriander leaves. Serve gobi matar hot or warm with chapatis or phulkas.

Notes

If adding tender or frozen peas which cook faster, then add them when you add the cauliflower florets.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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20 comments/reviews

  1. Excellent article. Simple , clear and does the job.5 stars

    • Thanks Ankit

  2. Hi dasana..ur recipez r 2 good..i love it..can i prerpare diz recipe without garlic..using the same method..

    • yes tanusha you can make this gobi matar without garlic too, thanks.

  3. Thank u soo much .aap ki recipes dekhar khana banana mere liye bhaut esy hogya .bhaut hi delicious .thanks5 stars

    • welcome deepa 🙂 thanks for positive views glad you found our recipes easy.

  4. Very good, as all the recipes I tried. Thank you.5 stars

    • welcome sari

  5. Dassana,
    All of your recipes that I’ve tried are very good, and so well presented. You make it easy to follow. I have learned a lot from you and visit your site often, giving you lots of clicks!
    I never make “comments” on line…but your website is head and shoulders above most of what is out there.
    Thank you for being excellent.
    Peace,
    Crislyn5 stars

    • welcome crislyn. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback. peace and love.

  6. Can you please tell me how to make butter at home….I use 2% milk.

    • deepa, for butter you need to get malai or cream in the milk. here is the recipe method:
      https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/homemade-white-butter-how-to-make-unsalted-white-butter-at-home/

  7. Also, how many minutes does it usually take for the Gobi to be cooked in medium flame? Thanks Dassana! 🙂

    • welcome teresa. the time depend upon the quality of the gobi. some times it cooks faster and some times it takes time. it varies depending upon the quality of the gobi.

  8. How many cloves do we need? It is missing in the ingredient list. Thanks Dassana! 🙂 Enjoy your recipe as always.

    • welcome teresa. thanks for pointing this out. 2-3 cloves are added.

  9. If the cauliflower is already blanched for 15-20 mins why do we have to cook it again later

    • connie, the cauliflower is not cooked completely. its not even half cooked.

  10. Your recipes are simple but high in taste and flavour.And above gobi matar recipe, I did yesterday for dinner with using traditional Konkani grinded Masala .

    • thanks reema. glad you like the recipes. this gobi matar does not need any masala. just a bit you can add to increase the spice levels if you prefer.