Cauliflower & Potatoes ~ Indian style

I have never been a really big fan of cauliflower, but I love potatoes and spices. This dish, known as ‘Alu Ghobi’, has long been a favorite vegetable side dish in my kitchen.

It is simple, easy to make and very healthy for you.

One seldom finds a cauliflower dish on the average restaurant menu. But you need not be a vegetarian to thoroughly enjoy Alu Ghobi along side a roasted chicken or kababs.

If you have never had this dish, and you are not a fan of cauliflower – I urge you to give this a try before you swear off cauliflower forever.


  • 1 head of cauliflower, washed and the flowerets cut to fork size
  • 2 potatoes, peeled, washed and cubed
  • 1 T oil (olive, grapeseed or vegetable)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger paste (1/4 tsp sea salt + 3/4 tsp minced ginger root)
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 3/4 C chicken stock (have more handy – the cauliflower may drink more than its share, so add as appropriate – just don’t let it complete;y dry out)
  • 1/2 tsp + pepper


  • Make a paste of 3/4 tsp minced ginger and 1/4 tsp sea salt by mashing the minced ginger and salt together with the back of a spoon
  • Combine the cumin seeds, minced garlic and ginger paste in a small dish
  • Combine the tumeric, ground cumin, paprika in a second small dish
  • Have the cubed potatoes in a bowl and
  • Have the cauliflower in a bowl
  • Heat the oil over medium heat in a medium skillet to shimmering
  • Add the cumin seeds, garlic and ginger to the hot oil and move the ingredients around for a minute or so until the garlic begins to become golden
  • Add the potatoes and stir to combine
  • Deglaze with the chicken stock
  • Add the paprika, ground cumin, tumeric and pepper. Stir to coat
  • Cover and simmer for 6 minutes with an occasional stir to coat th potatoes well
  • Add the cauliflower and chopped cilantro, stirring to combine well
  • Reduce to low-meduim heat, cover, with an occasional stir
  • Cook for 10 minutes
  • When the potatoes and cauliflower are forkable, add the garam masala by gently sifting the 1/2 tsp through a very fine sieve
  • Stir to combine and remove from heat, plate and serve


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Cauliflower & Potatoes ~ Indian style