Yield: 3 Servings
|1 large||Cauliflower, separated into florets|
|1 cup||Frozen petite green peas|
|1 cup||Plain yogurt|
|4||Cardamom (elaichi), crushed|
|4||Cloves (lavang), powdered|
|1 teaspoon||Turmeric powder|
|1 teaspoon||Coriander powder|
|2 teaspoons||Garam masala powder|
|2 teaspoons||Mild cayenne pepper powder|
|2||Green chili peppers|
|1 small||Piece ginger|
|1 tablespoon||Vegetable oil|
|Blanched, slivered almonds and/or cashews.|
SPICES & FLAVOURINGS
1. Toss cauliflower and peas in one of the inner bowls of the pressure cooker. Wash with water and drain. Sprinkle with some salt.
Steam this in the pressure cooker. (you can cook rice in the other bowl of the pressure cooker simultaneously).
2. Meanwhile, chop the tomatoes; dice the onions.
3. Grind into paste: half the onions, together with the other ingredients for the masala.
4. Heat a little oil, add cinnamon, cloves, and remaining onions. Fry until onions are turning golden. (if you're going for the pretentious touch, you can add the almonds/cashews now.) 5. Add the masala paste and mix/fry well, stirring continuously.
6. Beat the yogurt with the tomatoes. Stir into the frying pan.
7. Turn off the heat and cover, (but keep stirring frequently). Wait for the pressure cooker to release pressure gradually until it is safe to open.
8. Add cauliflower and peas to the frying pan, turn the heat back on and add a cup of water with salt according to taste. Cook until gravy thickens.
9 The ideal appearance is a chunks of cauliflower in thick saffron coloured gravy (color comes from the turmeric).
9. Garnish with your choice of freshly chopped cilantro, mint and any other unidentifiable :-) herbs shredded green chili peppers, finely chopped green and red bell peppers, NOTES: 1. This is a simple preparation, though slightly more complicated than the sag-aloo (spicy spinach & potatoes) that I posted a few days ago.
2. Total time required is about 45 minutes. But I find it feels like less since it does not demand undivided attention.
3. Quite inexpensive, even with the almonds and cashews and the fancy geegaws.
** IMPORTANT **
4. About the cayenne pepper... I find that because of the cooling effect of the yogurt, 2 spoons of _MILD_ cayenne pepper works for me.
However, it depends on whether you want your mouth watering and your eyes lighting up, or the other way 'round. :-)