Since a long time I was contemplating which version of Aloo Gobi should I post first (I cook this dish in few different styles). Finally I went with the most-liked version at my home which calls for frying your Aloo and Gobi before mixing it with the Masala (dry gravy). For a healthier option you can oven roast or bake the veggies with absolutely no compromise to the taste or texture. I tend to eat quite a few of these crispy tender veggies before they get mixed with the masala. They are seriously very addictive
Now to the recipe...
1 Gobi (cauliflower) cut in big chunky pieces.
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
2 tomatoes cut into small pieces
1 tsp garlic paste (optional)
1 tbsp ginger finely chopped (or paste)
1 bay leaf
1 tsp cumin seeds (zeera)
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
2-3 green chilies slit into two
Some oil for frying & 1-2 tbsp oil for cooking
Few coriander leaves finely chopped for garnishing
salt to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp red chilli powder (or to taste)
1 tsp amchur powder (dry mango powder)
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds powder
1/2 tsp garam masala (optional)
Tip: I like to give the gobi (cauliflower) some brown color by frying it on high heat for 2 mins as it adds to the flavor
For Oven Baking Method: Preheat oven to 400F. Line 2 baking tray with aluminium foil. add the potato cubes to 1 and cauliflower florets to other. sprinkle some salt pepper and around 1-2 tbsp oil on both trays, Give it a good toss so that everything gets evenly coated. Now bake for 15 to 30 mins or until the potatoes and cauliflower are done and golden brown. Keep tossing in between. the baking times may vary depending on each oven type hence keep a close watch after 15 mins to prevent it from burning.
Now in another vessel, heat 1-2 tbsp of oil & once hot add the add bay leaf & cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds start to splutter add the green chilies & onions. Saute it. When the onions are translucent, add the tomatoes, ginger-garlic paste & salt. Mix well & cook for about 5 mins with lid on till so that the tomatoes become soft.
Now add all the ingredients listed under Masala & tbsp of tomato ketchup and saute for 5 mins or till this mixture is well combined and starts giving out some oil from the sides. Add the fried aloo gobi & mix well. Finally add the finely chopped coriander leaves and mix.