Thursday, May 28, 2009

Gobi Masala ~ Cauliflower in a rich gravy!

We finally went for a cinema after many months. I was never a movie buff, but do enjoy the occasional movie. It makes a change from our routine life if not anything else! For that matter I am particular that I only watch comedy or at the most thrillers of a different kind. Life with kids is never short of thrilling experience, but then you do enjoy the chance of being the observer rather than being the subject right!

There was, of course a time when I used to watch the romantic movies, the types where the lady and the lover ran around the trees, trying to see who runs faster. The current day movies have become more explicit, not exactly what I can palate. One or two decade ago, there were vamps who clothed in scanty costumes and the heroines were always prim and proper. These days I can hardly make the difference! Not that we ever go for a movie as a family, as last couple of attempts made with Konda was disaster, we decided to go on our own. Naturally going with the twins is of no option at all! Chinnu hardly likes TV, most times he goes and switches it off when the rest are watching.

My second SIL who came down for a vacation with her kids, suggested a telugu movie Kick for us to watch and she also offered to babysit the kids. So it was chance we couldn't pass. The movie was downright hilarious and I was thinking its been ages since I had a hearty laugh. Though we are not short of laughter at home, comedy was missing though mostly its comedy of errors!

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Amma knowing our plans, offered to make this yummy Gobi Masala and we came home for a great looking rich gravy. Of course hubby dear not used to any other sort of gobi dish was apprehensive until he had his first bite of the roti with the masala! Rest can be understood with the empty bowl!

Gobi Masala ~ Cauliflower in a rich gravy

Serves: 6- 8 ppl

Gobi - 800 gms (big one)
Ginger Garlic Green chillies - 1 tbsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Curds/ Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Onions - 3 medium
Poppy Seeds + Cashews nut paste - 2 tbsp
Oil - 3/4 cup
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnish

Method to prepare:

Wash and clean the cauliflower into florets. This can be done by soaking it in salted warm water with closed lid.

Heat a non stick thick bottom pan with oil. Add the finely chopped onions, fry well. Then add the ginger garlic green chili paste, sauté till its brown.

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Add the chopped tomatoes along with all the spice powders and salt. Simmer and cook till the oil starts coming on sides. Add the curds little by little so that it blends well and also comes out as a thick creamy gravy.

Once all the curds is done, add the drained cauliflower and add to the pan. Mix well with the spices and cover with lid and let it simmer for 5 - 7 mins, till you feel the florets are blended with the masala.

Add 1/2 cup water and either put it for whistle, remove from stove and remove the whistle immediately or the cauliflower becomes too mashy.

In another pan cook the Poppy seeds and Cashew nut paste with 1/2 cup water and bring to boil. When it starts boiling, add the gobi to it and simmer for few minutes. Finally add in the chopped coriander leaves.

Goes great with Rotis.

Note: This dish is best done in a really thick bottom pan, so that it doesn't get burnt.

So coming back to the movies, which was the recent one you all watched? Of course most names I will have to google and check out.

I am already looking forward for the weekend, though I might end up working through them!

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36 comments :

Nithya Praveen said...

Glad to know you had a nice time.Once in a while a movie is surely a great stress buster,i think.The addition of poppyseed and cashewnut is what makes the difference i suppose...looks wonderful!

Pavithra said...

Wow gobi masala is really looking tempting and rich..perfect for roti and pulav.

Superchef said...

simple and an all time favourite with everyone!

Parita said...

Wow delicious curry..never made using poppy seeds, cashews and curd..yum yum..will try this soon!!

DEESHA said...

its been ages since we saw a movie at the theater too .. nice gobi masala. my fave veggie

Varsha Vipins said...

valli..I really liked the thick rich look of this gravy,but where do we have to add the yogurt?

Laavanya said...

THat gobi masala looks so tempting and rich...

Divya Vikram said...

Looks rich n creamy! Am making this for dinner tonight!

Srivalli said...

oops..forgot abt the curds...updated it now..thanks Varsha..

Prathibha said...

That looks really yummy...Perfect combo for rotis..

Desmone007 said...

Sounds like you had a good time. That Gobi Masala looks very tempting indeed.

Preeti Singh said...

Dish looks tempting...I love gobi in any form (masala , dry, paratha). :)

Pooja said...

Rich and yummy gravy...kick movie is no nice..Getting comedy movies rarely these days..

jayasree said...

Gobi masala looks creamy and rich... Nice that you enjoyed the movie.

Cilantro said...

There were times we watched movies with family. Nowadays we are not able to watch them with my daughter,the dialogues are really bad and my daughter will tend to catch them first since it is the first time she is hearing them.

Cauliflower gravy looks perfect.

Nirmala said...

Its almost 7 long years I went to a theatre. Read it in privacy "I am living on DVD's (pirated) ;)" The gravy looks totally yummy and this would go well with paneer too!

prajusha said...

gobi masala loosk rich and yummy

Kayal said...

Movie with kids? Its better to stay home and watch the TV. The gravy looks so rich and yummy.

Aparna said...

Looks delicious and sounds like a cauliflower kurma, sort of.

Great you had a chance to take a fun evening out without worrying about the kids or dinner.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

This looks really nice,i will definitely try:)

Suparna said...

hi valli,
great movie adventure there:)
wow!the cauliflower in that dreamy creamy gavy looks so damn tempting.
should we call it nawabi gobi?! for it looks so rich in taste :)
good one as always!
TC

Happy cook said...

Wow that looks really creamy.
When Shyama was small we too hardly went for any movie unless if she was stying overnigh with my inlaws.
Cauliflower look so creamy delicous.

Sharmila said...

Am making this the next time I get gobhi. Looks so creamy ! :-)

Kitchen Flavours said...

There is comedy still alive in telugu movies.....Gobi masala is new to me...Looks creamy, spicy and yum...

Mallugirl said...

i miss those days when my browas here and we could leave kids there and go for movies. now movies are relegated to only dvd on friday nights.:) have to try ur gobi..

anudivya said...

The cashew and the poppy seeds paste would definitely add such a rich taste... looks fab.

Shreya said...

so nice to hear you had fun at the movies..this gobi masala is so tempting..such a great combo for rotis..indeed a rich gravy with cashews and poppy seeds..

egglesscooking said...

Staying abroad we don't get a chance to go to movies with the spouse unless we have our mothers here. So all the movies we watch are from the internet or DVD.

Yesterday we watched Kanda Naal Mudhal on the internet. It was a romantic comedy directed by a female director (Maniratnam's assistant). The movie is 2-3 years old, I guess. We had a good laugh and it was decent too. I think more female directors should come to stop the glamour ride.

I make a similar gobi dish, but without curd. I will try this method too because my husband loves cauliflower in all its form.

Priya said...

Creamy gobi masala looks fabulous..goes prefectly with rotis!

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Gobi masala is indeed rich. Looks perfect.

notyet100 said...

gobhi masala looks yum.never tried with poppy seeds,...its been long since i went mvie,..lst one i guess was delhi6 which i truly enjoyed,,:-)

Alka said...

Nice post valli, and i am glad to have a person around me, who think and feel on almost same note that i do...Romantic flicks was a thing of past, now they seem like too mushy for my taste, or may be nowadays the definition of romance had changed....comedy is always wht i look forward to in movies and Tele-serials, but not of cheap types ..and huh last movie in theatre was Jumbo, a film for kiddies, and though i hardly enjoyed the movie, but sitting next to a giggling kid, who was enjoying it was surely a pleasure ...the last movie i enjoyed with hubby dear in a theatre was The Independence day, and i simply loved it...after that the few ones that we tried to watch with a cranky kid towed in, were disasters ,and we generally moved out before intervals...lol
This Gobi masala is so different from wht i generally make, i am in for all the types of variations...but can i shallow fry Gobi b4 putting it in gravy...coz i hardly like the taste otherwise

Anonymous said...

Gobi masala looks so good. I am sure going to try your method.Thanks.
Radha

Anonymous said...

nice receipe,but still could have said more clearly abt poppyseeds & cashewnuts.

how do u grind small amounts of poppy seeds.

Srivalli said...

Thanks friends for your compliments...

, Anon, I normally have poppy seeds powder handy..so just add as much as required...Will be covering these in my basic series...

Anonymous said...

Good one.

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