I was so confident that I can make any Indian dishes, just reading a recipe or watching it in Youtube video. Since I grown up eating Indian dishes, it will be easy to make it? I was dead wrong, too much overconfidence, burnt my fingers in bad way trying jowar ki roti (sorghum flour flat bread) and Kadala mittai (peanut brittle).
I was so enthusiastic and amazed by the goodness of Sorghum flour that I decided to make roti. However, I didn’t realize that it is gluten free flour, and have tendency to attach everywhere, very sticky dough. Not friendly with roller, if roller is going near it, the dough goes on other direction like they are enemies. I watched this Youtube video, where chef making it with help of Ziploc bag. I thought it is going to be easy. I followed his steps religiously without any changes (remember I am not person like that), I got smooth dough. The fun part came when I started making the flat bread/roti. At first I made a thin round. And when I was ready to transfer to hot griddle, dough was angry at me. It won’t leave the Ziploc bag mess. Then I heard him saying that in rural India, women are making this roti with two hands. I left Ziploc bag and try to use hand, end result was dough is slightly flattened resulting a brick not roti. Even then I got courage to cook them while tasting it is slightly bitter and not tasty. So directly gone to garbage can and had dinner with leftover rice from lunch.
Then yesterday decide to make kadala mittai again followed the steps according to recipe, waited until jaggery/ unrefined sugar reach it soft crack stage. But when temperature showed soft crack stage, my jaggery decide to burn, still I didn’t learn lesson, I was daydreaming about peanut brittle my father used to buy for us or may be the one grandma made for us. Anyway added peanut and made brittle. On taste testing it failed miserably. Again garbage can got happy.
After two disastrous attempts I was seriously researching the solution for it in the internet, when my hubby dear made this delicious curry for us for the dinner. He makes only few dishes you can easily name it, pav bhaji, dal and scrambled eggs and his favorite tea. Every day he makes scrambled eggs for breakfast, he won’t forget it any single day. Nowadays he changed his recipe of scrambled egg by adding onion in it, because I like it. When I was pregnant with princess and prince we had breakfast every day because of those scrambled eggs. Yesterday Lizzy of Skinny Chick Can Bake, made cookies and dinner for neighbor who just had a new born. I wish I had a neighbor like her. Unfortunately mine are happy, if I call them when I make dinner. They will be present even late if I make late dinner. And our so called friends except few will call once they need something. Otherwise no call or no show up.
Comeback to recipe is entirely designed and executed by my hubby, His cooking is really unique, he won’t cut his veggies first, and he cut and adds veggies as ingredients are needed to add. Sometime it can result burning, so do your prep first. He didn’t even add any chili powder; I don’t know whether he forgot it, used only garam masala. End result was tasty not at all spicy my princess was going back and forth with her plate. She approves it; it is too delicious no doubt. So if you catch hold of a head of cauliflower, dump peas, onion, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric and garam masala and salt and little oil, if you want add some chili powder. A great side dish will be ready with 25 minutes. Enjoy with your bread of choice.
Here goes the recipe
Grab the ingredients, chop veggies, if you are like me or do it as you cook if you are like my hubby.
Heat oil and add cumin seeds, when it splutters add onion then ginger garlic paste and garm masala and tomato and then add cauliflower and peas with salt. Cover the pan with lid and cook for some time. Once it is done remove the lid and check veggies are tender and cooked or not, if not add little water and cook for some time.
If you have some coriander leaves in your hand dump it at the end.
Cauliflower and Green Peas Curry
Cook Time 25 minutes
4 Cups Chopped Cauliflower
1 Cup Green Peas ( I used Frozen)
1 Cup Onion
1 Chopped Tomato21/2 teaspoon Garam masala
1 tablespoon Salt
3 ½ teaspoon Olive oil
1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
1/2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
Salt, to taste
In a saucepan heat oil and cumin seeds, when it starts splutter add onion and cook for about 6 minutes or it become translucent, then add salt, ginger-garlic paste, spices and tomato and cook for about 3 minutes to get soft mushy.
Then add tomato paste, cauliflower and green peas and cook with closed lid for about 10minutes and or until veggies are done. Remove the lid and check veggies cooked or not.If not add ¼ cup of water and cook until water evaporates..
Add chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
Enjoy with any bread.
- You can make spicy by adding some chili powder
I am linking this dish to Favorite recipes : Vegetarian recipes event hosted here.