CAULIFLOWER BHUTHIIn my house, one vegetable which we like and use quite often is cauliflower, known as Gobhi in Hindi. One reason is that we make rotis every day at home and I find that most gobhi dishes go well with rotis.
In choosing cauliflower, try to get those which are tightly packed. It is also advisable to clean them thoroughly by breaking them into florets and putting them in water with a little salt and turmeric (haldi) powder, to get rid of any impurities.
Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for some dishes made with cauliflower such as :-
- Masala Cauliflower, in which the whole cauliflower is cooked;
- Cauliflower Ambat, from our Konkani cuisine,
- Achari Gobhi with the Punjabi Achari masala.
We love to have this yummy side dish from time to time, and I hope you will too!
- Cauliflower, 1 medium-sized
- Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
- Onions, medium sized, 3
- Roasted Byadgi Red Chillies, 6
- Coriander Seeds, 1 tbsp ( not roasted)
- Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/2 to 3/4 cup
- Tamarind, a small piece
- Oil, 2 tbsp
- Salt, to taste
Wash the cauliflower throughly and break them into medium sized florets.
(Tip: Breaking them into too small florets makes the cauliflower too soft and mushy when it gets cooked)
Immerse these in a bowl of water adding salt and turmeric powder, to remove the impurities if any. Keep immersed for about 10 minutes.
Peel and chop the onions
In a mixer jar, grind together fresh coconut gratings, roasted Byadgi red chillies, tamarind along with the coriander seeds to a coarse paste, adding just the required amount of water. Keep aside
Heat oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai and when it gets hot add the chopped onions
Saute till they become translucent
To this add the cauliflower florets, a little salt, and mix well
Sprinkle a little water if required
Cover and cook on medium flame till the cauliflowers gets about 75 % cooked
Now add the freshly prepared ground paste along with the water from the mixer jar and salt to taste Mix well
Cook on medium heat till the cauliflowers gets well blended with the ground paste and the excess water evaporates, stirring once in a while. Ensure the cauliflower doesn't get over cooked
Switch off the gas and transfer to a serving bowl
Serve the Cauliflower Bhuthi with dal and rice or with chapatis/rotis
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