Saturday, November 21, 2009


Last fortnight was really exciting, because house painting was going on. There were lot of movements of goods from one corner to another.The kitchen was shut so , no cooking.
The most exciting thing is, I have broken one small flower vase and my wife still doesn't know it. Now I am trying to frame a strategy to put the blame on her as soon as it is discovered.
I decided to do some fast cooking and for a mandatory non vege dish, I planned to do some thing but landed elsewhere and where did I land would come up in the next blog.
This one, a vegeterian one,  I learnt from my Aunt when I was in school and a pure veg ( temple or Jain)  variation from my Mom. Here I will explain the onion and garlic one. The process is very simple, all the ingredients are put together and put on Dum. Turmeric will play an important role in the taste and I plan to put it in Spice and Turmeric food festival. ( if I can find out how to put it).
 1 Cauli flower cut to large pieces.
 2 medium potato peeled and cut to 4 pieces each. ( optional)
 4 green chili
1 Tomato chopped to 10 to 15 mm pieces
1 tsp plain garlic paste
 2 heap tbsp curd
 3 tbsp mustard oil ( if you dont like mustrad oil , use olive oil or any other oil but  heated to smoking and cooled to room temperature) NOTE : Do Not heat mustrad or olive oil use raw as it is)
2 level tsp Turmeric powder ( must not be reduced)
1 tsp red chili powder ( more or less depending up on your tolerance level) 
1 tsp heap sugar
salt to taste
10 kismis ( raisins)
For grinding 

1 onion about 1.5 inch dia
3/4 inch ginger 
1 green chili

Spices ( whole)
4 cardamom
4 cloves
1.5 inch cinnamon
2 large black cardamom
2 bay leaves

( partial ingredients shown here )
Wash and drain the Gobi. 
If you are using a hard variety potato , microwave in water for 6 minutes at 900 watt energy level or until half done. If you are using normal potato, this step is not needed. This is just to ensure that the potato is cooked in time.
Chop onion and ginger and grind to a smooth paste with minimum water addition. If you dont have garlic paste, add 2-3 cloves of chopped garlic for grinding.
To this paste and in the mixer grinder add the curd, turmeric powder, chili powder, garlic paste and mix thoroughly..
Take a heavy bottom pan, add Cauliflower, Potato, oil, whole spice, onion paste mixture, and all the ingredients .
Mix throughly.
After mixing 
Cover the lead and cook on slow flame. No additional water is needed.
When the Cauliflower and Potato are cooked and soft , the dish is ready.
Serve with Rice, roti, paratha , Puri , Luchi

I am sure you will enjoy this ,  Ullash (Cheers)

And flowers for my great foodie friends


SGD said...

Bah! Dum diye alu-fulkofi!
last e Garam masala'r shonge ghee o dewa jaye ki??

Pari said...

Wow. This is simply too good to resist, will make this the next time i pick cauliflower.
If you want to send this to the think spice think turmeric event, you need to link the event mentioned in your page to the event home page, for this go to edit post, highlight the area and then click on link, here you add the address of the web page of think spice and then click ok. then email the details to the concerned person. Hope this helps you. I am sorry if I have not been able to express properly, i am a complete novice in all this..

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Sharmistha
Of course you can add ghee with garam masla at the end. Banio , I am sure tomader bhalo lagbe..

Ei Dum diye machh, chicken, Mangso bana-te paro..Mutton Gobi-Dopiyaja .
By the way contrary to popular belief , the word Dopiyaja has nothing to do with Onion and it is not an Indian word. The word means with vegetables ie. Mutton with vegetable gobi...will address this when I publish dopyaja recipe.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Pari
Thank you so much for your detailed guidance. Let me go to the web site and see how to do it.
Please cook this recipe..while publishing, I had you and my other vege friends in my mind..
Have a nice weekend

sangeeta said...

i think i have tasted something like this..with kismis and a very pleasant aroma of elaichi n cinnamon, i don't know it was dum cooked or not but this recipe is a winner for sure.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Sangeeta
This aroma and kismis is used in some rich Gobi dum or sabji..very common. The Gobi may be stir fried and some times it is dip fried too, there are many ways..I have given a Kach-chi dum pakt. Every thing raw and no frying , no seasoning.
have a nice time

Preeti Kashyap said...

awesome recipe again .... should make this variation next time as i love gobi!

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Preeti
Thanks ..nowadays I keep in mind all my vege friends ..if you are bit apprehensive about turmeric, use 1 level tsp instead.
Have a nice weekend

Siddhi Shirsat said...

This dish looks damn spicy and tasty, i am tempted to prepare it, vl try it nxt now.Nice recipe, is it a bengali recipe?

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Siddhi
Ya it is a Bengali can use 1 level tsp turmeric..happy cooking

Vrinda said...

Nice recipe with gobi...will giv a try...

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

That looks very inviting..i loved the way u prepare.Wonderful recipe.Have a great weekend :)

preethvijay said...

Awesome recipe ushnish. Will try it soon and let u knw.

Anonymous said...

hi! thanks for visiting me and for your kind comments. i'm always on the look out for exciting ways to cook veg. glad i found you :)

Pavithra said...

Awesome recipe nice combo of veggies,,,

Babli said...

Darun recipe alu kofir dum er. Notun bhabe prepare kora shikhlam. Ami nischoi try korbo. Dekhei bojha jachhe je khete khub shushadu hobe.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Babli
Please try , I received few tele calls if they could reduce Turmeric...You may reduce it to 1 level tsp for a medium kofi.
Originally this dish is without Alu. You need not add. I love Alu so I added.
Happy cooking

prasu said... are u? what about the flowervase!!!!!? nice flowers after every post.....very nice idea......coming to this always come up with unique recipes.......that too all of them are's veg or noveg they are quite different......I mean very tasty....though I did not taste ur cooking, I can tell it's tasty because....A Surprice to you!!!!!!!!! I have tried "Muttom Kalia Rasala" turned out so good......tons of thanks to you from my 8yrold and H:-).......soon will be posting the picture in my blog, pls. do see ands let me know ur suggestions and comments on it......hummmm....what else?????

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Prasu
I am fine and the painting is over!!!
Great;;That you liked the Kalia is not my recipe actually but very different.
Just wait I will be posting ""Razela ( not Rasala) festival" covering veg and non-veg. I am driving into Himalayas from 28th to 2nd dec after that I will post.

The flower vase matter I handled nicely, as soon as the painters left for good yesterday, I told my wife that the painters had broken a Vase :-)
Try this dish you will like it, need not use Alu, it is optional. Turmeric you can put 1 level tsp and chili , more the merrier, it is no problem for you.
Yesterday I cooked, Chettinad Pepper chicken" from Sangeetha's .It was another hit after the Nellore chicken.
Well enjoy the rest of the sunday and have an exciting week ahead

Gulmohar said...

That's a nice recipe..Gobi and aloo...classic combo :-)..Is that hibiscus from your garden?

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Gulmohar
This is from my brother's garden in Bangalore. I don't have any. Let me see if I have any Gulmohor in my photo bank, I will send you some :-). Have a mice week ahead

A Homemakers Diary said...

love alu gobi but never made it this way. requires less oil so sounds healthy...a MUST try Ushnish da. janabo kamon holo.

Dolly said...

Your Dum Aloo Gobi Looks YUM !!!
Its a different way of making aloo gobi. Simply Delicious and will go so well with my parathas.

kothiyavunu said...

Sorry i am late...Nice recipe with great combo..ur way of cooking sounds gr8..Thanks for the beautiful flower!!

Malar Gandhi said...

As usual a great dish from you, very earthy flavours...from turmeric and oil...never tried dhum style veggies, good one. And flower vase, lol.

b/n...Yeah yeah...innovation is right, and I still experiment a lot in my kitchen!!! There is no change on that fabric!:)

Baasanthi' article was about, Something...I felt "I think I am cooking right, but clearly I am not, esp' when I tweak the ethnic food or Mommy's speciality". Moreover was missing my family and fun so much, just to feel good I structured that article..old time sake:)

Indrani said...

Wow, great healthy way of cooking, in dum...must be yummy, I love aloo-gobhi curry any way you cook..sounds lovely..try korbo for sure..And, about the flower vase, it is not good to put the blame on her, better you cook a great dish, have dinner with her and tell her about it..I'm sure she will forget about it..what do u think?

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Malar
I understand, thats why I mentioned that it was one of the best of your writings..simply because I could feel your feelings about mom, near and dear ones, the childhood etc..we all go through that most wonderful time of our life...the process of growing up..
Ullash ( cheers)

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Indrani
Kofi-ta rendhe dekho , bhalo lag-be amar chhoto pishima-r recipe. Same Dum ar ekta acche < maa-r recipe without garlic and onion.Sudhu kofi diy-e randh-te paro, alu chhaDa ....both are amazing ..
Flower vase bhanga ta painter der GhaD-e chapiye chhilam ..kintu dhara PoD-e gechhi...Tomar boudi bol-lo " Oi sab galpo ama-ke bolo-na. Tomak-e ami chini..punishment hisab-e Rui maccher kalia rendhe khaoa-te theke phir-e dekhi jyano sab ready the way tomar jonno KumDo-r chhakka rendhe rekhchhi khey nio".
.Tai ekhon Kalia randhar ToD joD korchhi.
bhalo theko

Sharmila said...

Deri hoye gelo ekhane ashte ... kintu bhaloi holo ... koto goppo pelam. :-)
Kopir dom ta darun mone hocche .. ekta kopi fridge e pore ache ... kore felbo naki Mr.Ghosh?
Ar apnar wife koto lucky ... ekei apni ranna kore bhalo bhalo khabar khawan ... tar opor ranna korar jonne darun darun excuse o banan. Bhabchi amar husband ke bolbo ekta duto vase bhangte. :-)

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Sharmila
Fridge er Kofi chol-be no problem. Rendhe fyalo, na hol-e Alu-r kacha Dum bosiye dao..
Actually amar chaite amar Mrs besi ranna Kar-e. AMi just ektu kori majh-e majh-e.
Husband-ke ar kitchen -e dhukio na..tar porinam ki hob-e amar Mrs er kachh theke sune nio...
Bhalo theko

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear all
Thank you so much for your encouraging words and appreciations.
If you try this recipe , please let me know.
Have a nice week ahead

Suparna said...

Hi Ushnish da,
Thanks for stopping by at my blog and for being a part of my friends list :)
I love bengali dishes, Recently Both hubby and I turned vegetarians have very few bong recipes to refer, I loved all ur recipes.Infact when I saw this aloo gobi dish I made up my mind to make it for dineer with rotis, I already made basic preps. will go about in a while, shall let u know how it turned out, my mouth is watering at the thought and sight of this dish
God bless

SE(Denufood) said...

hello Ushnish...thanks for stopping by at my blog, for your wonderful comments and being part of my friends list. I hope you can find about the pahadi chicken recipe..wish you a happy trip/trekking/travelling..and have a good time..probably will get some authentic pahadi dishes from you..

Bong Mom said...


Fish Fry baniyechilam, tomar fish ar paneer finger link korechi post e. Paneer diye to ar fry hobe na, kintu finger durdanto hobey

Raje said...

Looks very delicious and a nice recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Muraligeetham said...

Hi Ushnish
thanks for your comments and informations about cantonose dish.. all the chines recipes posted on my blog are indian version and i have not added MSG/ there is health dangers associated with it especially in children.

Kanchan said...

You are one of the few Boy Food Bloggers I met and I am so glad as I loved your recipes !
They seem very innovative and interesting !
Liked the mushroom fry mentioned earlier :)
You might see me often around now :D

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Kanchan
I feel great that you visited this blog and thanks for the appreciations.
Please do visit again and cook the simple dishes.
I will be visiting your blog.
Have a nice week

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Muraligeethan
Thanks for visiting and please do visit again.
Can you believe, very few people in India can eat Chinese food available in is so different!
I will be at your blog later today..I am planning to cook the dish.;-)
Best wishes

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Raje
Many thanks for visiting my blog and tagging it. Please try the dishes I will like it.
I am following your blog
best wishes

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Sayantani
Kyamon holo kofi, janio..
bhalo theko

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Suparna
Will be posting Vege dishes too,
Keep watch :-)

Ushnish Ghosh said...

To be very frank, excepting a pahaDi dal ,I did not get any thing special (In Kumaon area), all hotel, guest house and even way sider cook authentic dishes of the Plain ha ha
But will be posting few Kashmir dishes, hopefully
Best wishes

Akal's Saappadu said...

hello Ushnish Ghosh, that's a tricky way (doing a delicious dish) to make up with the broken vase :) and nice idea blaming her for what you've done, I should remember that for my future mischiefs, hehehe

well, I have to say, this method of doing the aloo gobi is totally new to me; I love cauliflowers, no matter how they're prepared;

this method seems to be less fatty and the dum method makes it healthy, might save the vitamins in them , very intersting!! must be great with some rotis!

Soma said...

The all time favorite combination of alu ar ful kopi. Darun!

Soma (

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Akal
thanks for the appreciation. Try this Bong recipe , you will like it.

My Experiments with Food said...

Hey Ushnish,
This is too good. Have book marked so many recipes from your blog...but they still are figuring in my ever growing "To make" list :)
Returned from vacation few weeks back. Its just that my dear hubby is on a restricted diet for the past 1 month, and hence my enthusiasm is considerably low on trying new recipes.
Hope to be back soon.

Nandini said...

Droolz! Aloo and Gobi is my favorite combo! This dish err..dum looks palatable and alluring!

Akal's Saappadu said...

I'll try it sure :) she has a wonderful collection of authentic recipes too!! loved it!

and thank you for the appreciations on the mutter paneer and link , you're so kind!! and happy cooking to you too !

Neelam said...

liked your recipes. must say, u cook meticulously. keep it up. regards, neel.

Shanthi said...

Awesome simple and comfortable recipe.

Chandrani said...

Welcome back. Aloo fulkopir dum amar khub favourite. Dum ta roti r bhat duto diyei khete khub bhalo lage. Ami ektu onyo rokom bhabe kori. Apnarta ami ekbar try korboi. ALoo fulkopir dumta dekhe khete ichha korchhe, Darun...

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