Tuesday 1 November 2016

Cauliflower Poriyal | South Indian style Gobi ki sabzi | Gobi ki Sabji

Cauliflower cooked in onions, tomatoes and Indian spices

Hi folks, so November is here and even before you realise it is going to be the next new year soon ;) So today I woke up to a message from a dear friend in one of my Whatsapp group, that you still have two more months to achieve those resolutions that you promised yourselves ten months back :) So keep pushing yourselves or for those lazy bums like me, start doing them soon :) :) I do not want to preach here ;) but just sharing what I have experienced personally or learned over the years is that 'Keep trying, be sincere in what you do, coz the results are just around the corner and you will surely be rewarded, sometimes in forms that you do not even anticipate or expect'.

So enough of my midnight musings, let's see what I have for you today. It's an easy cauliflower sabzi that tastes good with sambar rice, curd rice, rasam sadam and even your phulkas.. This is another veggie that Deeps is not fond of, but if I make this sabzi he eats atleast 2 spoons. Something is better than nothing right ;) The right blend of that red chilly powder and ginger-garlic paste along with that tartness from the tomatoes makes the otherwise boring cauli to a delectable dish. Try this and I'm sure it will not disappoint you :)

Recipe Source: Ma

I Took: 

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves : 2-3 persons

I Used:

Cauliflower - 200 gm - a small sized 
Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
Salt - As needed

Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
Onion - 1 medium sized - chopped
Tomato - 1 medium sized - chopped
Ginger-Garlic paste - 2 nos
Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
Red Chilly powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Salt - As needed
Curry leaves - To garnish
Coriander leaves - To garnish

The Way:

1. Clean the cauliflower by removing the stalks and leaves. Separate the florets and cut them if required to bite sized pieces. If there are black discolorations on top of the florets scrape them off with the tip of the knife. Rinse the cleaned florets once or twice in water.

2. Heat water with salt and turmeric powder. When it starts to boil, add the cleaned florets to it and allow it to boil for 3-4 minutes. 

3. Then drain the florets and keep them aside.  

4. Heat oil in a kadai/pan. Splutter mustard. Then add onions and salt and saute well. They should start to turn slight brown in colour

5. Then add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for 3-4 minutes till the raw smell goes off.

6. Now add in the powders - red chilly powder, coriander powder & turmeric powder. Saute well for 2-3 minutes. It should blend nicely and evenly with the onions.

7. Add in the chopped tomatoes and saute well. The tomatoes should turn mushy.

8. Once they become mushy add in the par-boiled cauliflower and mix well.

9. Sprinkle about 2 tbsp water and cover and cook them till the cauliflower is done

10. Garnish with curry leaves and serve with phulkas/steamed rice


  • If you wish, instead of par-boiling you can cook the cauliflower initially itself. Totally your convenience :)
  • For garnish, you can use coriander leaves as well



  1. Such a simple and delicious cauliflower stirfry.

  2. I always cook cauliflower without onion.. this one I'll try..

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  3. Simple and tasty stir fry,love it

  4. I love cauliflower in any style, one of my winter favorite.

  5. Ha ha talk about resolutions, they are for breaking right😂
    Cauliflower subzi looks perfect.


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