Saturday, 3 October 2009

Cauliflower in an ‘Applied’ Coconut-Tomato Curry

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This is one of my favorite curries, as it is made with cauliflower in one of the traditional Maharashtrian ways. It has a nice flavor of cauliflower blended in coconut and has a mild sourness provided by the tomatoes.
In most of the curries in which masala is ground, it is first fried and sauted in oil to remove the rawness and then the veggies are added.This method is suitable for onion based gravies as the onion has a strong, raw smell.
There are gravies which use ingredients which have a mild flavor and when they get overcooked they lose their intensity. For such ingredients the masala is ‘applied’ to the cooked veggies . This particular curry asks for this method and the resultant curry has all the freshness and intensity of the ingredients added.

Ingredients
I cauliflower cut into flowerets
2 potatoes cubed
1/2 –3/4 coconut grated (depends on the size)
2 tomatoes chopped
5-6 garlic pods
3 green chilies
3-4 tsp chopped coriander
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3 tsp coriander pwd
1 tsp goda masala
1 tsp turmeric pwd
1 1/2 tsp red chili pwd
1/4 tsp asafetida
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
salt to taste
oil to cook
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Method
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Grind together the coconut, garlic, tomatoes, coriander and cumin to form the ‘masala’ for the curry.
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Heat oil ,add the mustard, once it splutters add the asafetida and turmeric. Immediately put in the cauliflower and potatoes and mix in properly. Cover and cook till half done.
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Put red chili, coriander, salt  and mix properly. Now apply the ground masala and mix properly. Adjust the consistency by adding water and bring the curry to a boil. Add goda masala, mix and cook covered on low flame till done.
Serve hot with poori/ rice/ roti.
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33 comments:

Malar Gandhi said...

Sounds very interesting, nice pictures too.

Poornima Nair said...

That looks delicious...

Palidor said...

I've never cooked using the "applied" method before. It's always nice to learn new things! The curry looks delicious.

kittymatti said...

wow! Looks declious dear!

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Shwetha said...

Pari,
This is my fist visit here. Thanks for sharing this Maharashtrian method of cooking with cauliflower. I'm just learning a lot about this beautiful cuisine. Will definitely try this out!

Priya said...

Curry looks delicious..

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks delicious. Would love to have it with hot roti.

Padma said...

Lovely combo and very different version and name ... looks delicious and nice pictures :)

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Nice click...looks interesting

Katy ~ said...

I never would have thought of cooking coconut and cauliflower together. The idea is very intriguing and piques my tastebuds. I would most certainly like a nice spoonful of this to sample because it looks and sounds good!

Faiza Ali said...

That looks so so yummy....nice clicks too.

Avisha said...

I liked the way you explained the applied method.Very nice recipe and curry is making me
hungry.

Trish said...

This does look so very good

Nandini said...

What a delicious curry! I can even smell it here! Slurp!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Wow - lovely step by step instructions. I make a similar one with mushrooms - learnt from a konkani friend. It tastes great!

Sireesha said...

Looks so good, wish I could taste it!

Sanghi said...

This is new to me.. will try out!

Yasmeen said...

The applied masala must make the curry even more tasty :)

RedChillies said...

I look for cauliflower varieties. I will keep this in mind the next time.

rekhas kitchen said...

Hummm yaa cauliflower is one of my fav. vege. you made a very delicious combination yaar looks so tempting.nice pic.

Sangeetha Subhash said...

Sounds interesting n innovative recipe,looks delicious!!!Thank u pari for visiting and leaving nice comments...u too have cute space with wonderful varieties of recipes.....Following U..keep in touch

Divya Vikram said...

I was curious to read what the 'applied' meant. Really delicious!

Bergamot said...

looks yummy

Kanchan said...

Nice Step wise explanation

*sangi* said...

Thank u dear for the quick comment!
I was away from blogging due to some unexpected pbs.
Variety dish...never heard b4&cute presentation!

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely colour and wonderful pic...looks delicious pari

Chitra said...

Lovely pics and soon will buy a cauliflower to try this :)

Soma Pradhan said...

Thats a diff and nice recipe..Liked the step by step representation.

Raje said...

Yumm, Delicious curry Pari.
I have some awards waiting for you. Please collect them dear!

Gita said...

This curry sounds interesting...looks delicious too :)

munchcrunchandsuch said...

the word "applied" caught my attention and ur recipe justified the attention.

My Little Space said...

Simply healthy! Great post!

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