The other day a friend of mine asked.... so how much time do u spend in the kitchen? I said easily two hours and another two thinking what to make for the next meal.....Her jaws dropped .. her max is 10 minutes I was like what do u make in that... wash an apple and cut it ? :) We both laughed...
I don't know about you but I am severely restless until I know what I am going to make for supper. Some days its worse than solving a jigsaw when my thought is constantly running on my herd's likes with the ingredients in the refrigerator... mundane I know... but an unavoidable task and hell when those don't match. On such days I tell myself make what u like
When its chapatti /flat bread my go to is cauliflower and peas stir fry, a life saver easy recipe. A very common dish in most Indian homes called Gobi Matar.
I love the combination of peas and cauliflower with a hint of garam masala...its like cheese for u.. ..makes everything taste good..says my friend. :)
Cauliflower - 1 medium sized head cut into florets
Peas -1 cup (cooked) ( I have used frozen here)
Tomato paste- 1 tsp (or 1 tomato chopped)
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red onion- 1 chopped
Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
Cumin seeds -1 tsp
Turmeric powder -1/3 tsp
Chili powder -1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - a small bunch chopped
Salt to taste
Wash and steam the cauliflower florets until 2/3 cooked. Keep aside.
Heat 2-3 of veg oil in a pan and add mustard when it pops add cumin seeds reduce heat then add the ginger garlic paste saute till the aroma comes then add the onion chopped when it becomes translucent add chili powder,turmeric powder, garam masala powder, tomato paste or chopped tomato and let it cook and become mushy and dried a bit.Now add the cauliflower florets and peas stir gently cover and cook for few minutes until the veggies are cooked completely sprinkle some water if needed. Add 2-3 tsps of oil towards the sides of the pan and let it crisp up on low flame for 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves stir once gently remove from heat,cover and keep until served.
Serve the stir fry warm along with chapatti , roti or any flat bread.
Stays good for 2-3 days in refrigerator.
*Note: u can cook cauliflower in the pan itself. I find it gets mushy which my herd dislikes hence I steam first.
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