413. kadhai gobi

July 7, 2014mayurisjikoni
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different hands, different outcome

    Have you ever noticed how the same recipe prepared by different people appears totally different and yet the basic ingredients used are the same. The way my mum use to make handvo and the way I make it appears different. The way my mother in law makes so many dishes, appears different when I make it. Everyone has a special magic in their hands when it comes to cooking, it acquires your trait. Wanting to make gobi (cauliflower) in a different manner to the usual ways I make it, I had bookmarked Shweta’s recipe for kadhai gobi.  The first time I made it, somehow the yogurt just got separated from the cauliflower and the little gravy appeared watery. The second time I made it, hubby dear insisted that the sabji (vegetable) should have a bit more gravy.Third try and added more yogurt. Remembering what had happened during my first attempt, decided to add some moong flour to hold the gravy and cauliflower together. Yum was the result but it didn’t look anything like what Shweta had made. But since the whole idea of making this sabji came about by following her recipe, the credit does go to her. As you will notice there is more gravy and I have not used red chilli powder. 

Serves 4 to 6

Recipe source : Merry Tummy

1 medium cauliflower (approx 300g)
1 medium onion sliced
½ cup yogurt, whip it lightly
2 tbsp moong or chana flour (green gram or chickpea flour)
1 tsp green chilli paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
3 tbsp oil
¼ tsp asafoetida (hing)
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
1 tbsp sesame seeds (tal)
1½ -1 ¾ tsp salt
3 – 4 tbsp fresh chopped coriander
1 cup water

  1. Cut the cauliflower into bite size florets. Wash and drain the water out.
  2. Boil about 4 to 5 cups of water. Add 1 tsp of salt. Add the cauliflower and let the water come to a boil again. By then the cauliflower will be half cooked.
  3. Drain out the water.
  4. Heat oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
  5. Add mustard, cumin and sesame seeds to it.
  6. Add hing and sliced onions. Stir fry till the onion becomes soft.
  7. Add flour and stir fry for a few seconds.
  8. Add ginger, garlic and chilli pastes.
  9. Add turmeric, coriander powders and garam masala.
  10. Stir and add the water.
  11. Add cauliflower and the remaining salt. 
  12. Cover the pan and lower the heat. Cook the sabji till the cauliflower is done. 
  13. Add the yogurt and mix well.
  14. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve with hot rotis or parathas.


  • Don’t over cook the cauliflower otherwise the sabji will become mushy.
  • Adjust spices according to your taste.
  • I once added curry leaves and it tasted good.
  • Can steam the cauliflower if you want to.
  • You can add chana flour. I used moong flour as hubby is allergic to chana.
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  • Shweta Agrawal

    July 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    oh that is so sweet of you to give the credit:)
    I too prefer bit gravy in this subji, but my hubby doesnot like much:)
    Your look diffrent may be because i use kashmiri red chilli powder which has great red colour but it is less spicy 🙂
    thanks for linking:)

  • Swathi Iyer

    July 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    delicious kadhi with cauliflower. love it.

  • FullScoops Beulah

    July 9, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Looks delicious! Thanks for linking it to Healthy Diet event!

  • Pari Vasisht

    July 10, 2014 at 3:56 am

    We need variations in the regular food and it's always nice to try other blogger's preparation. Nice curry. Thanks for linking it to ONLY gluten free.

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