How to Make Aloo Gobi (Potato Cauliflower Curry) Illustrated Recipe

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Aloo Gobi Recipe

Aloo Gobi Potato Cauliflower Curry
Aloo Gobi (Potato Cauliflower Curry). Photo © [S Khalsa]

Aloo Gobi is a popular Indian sabji, or curried vegetable dish, and is traditional fare for langar.

The photographs shown here illustrate how to make Aloo Gobi, or Potato Cauliflower Curry, and were taken in the gurdwara langar, or gurus' free kitchen. A Gursikh couple continuously recited "Waheguru," during preparation of Aloo Gobi, following eight guidelines for langar, according to bibek principles. The Aloo Gobi shown in the illustration was part of the langar for an Asa di Var kirtan program, and fed about 30 Sikhs.

The recipe given here will serve 4-8 people, depending on portion size. To make Aloo Gobi you will need:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 6 peeled potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic (optional)
  • 1 or 2 green chilies
  • 1 inch ginger root
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed
  • 2 tsp turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 tsp gharam masala
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water

Preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes

Before making Aloo Gobi, read through entire recipe and gather all ingredients.

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Chop Onions and Heat Oil

Heat Olive Oil to Make Aloo Gobi
Heat Olive Oil to Make Aloo Gobi. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Wash vegetables. While reciting "Waheguru," chop onions and mince green chilies. Use one chili for mild flavor and two if you like your food spicy. Heat about 1/3 cup of olive oil.

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Saute Onions in Olive Oil

Saute Onions in Hot Oil
Saute Onions in Hot Oil. Photo © [S Khalsa]

When the Olive oil is hot saute onion and cumin seed. When the onions are clear add minced green chilli, minced ginger root and optional minced garlic. Saute until onions are browned, stirring as needed to prevent sticking. While the onions are cooking, peel potatoes while reciting "Waheguru."

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Saute Tomotes

Add Tomatoes to Onions and Green Chilies to Make Aloo Gobi
Add Tomatoes to Onions and Green Chilies to Make Aloo Gobi. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Add diced tomatoes to the browned onions to make tarka, the curry seasoning which flavors the Aloo Gobi. Add turmeric (haldi) and gharam masala. (Wait until instructed to add salt as it can affect cooking process.) Continue cooking until tomatoes are reduced to a paste. While tomatoes are cooking, dice the peeled potatoes and rinse in clear water while reciting "Waheguru."

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Fry Potatoes

Add Potatoes to Tarka to Make Aloo Gobi
Add Potatoes to Tarka to Make Aloo Gobi. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Drain potatoes and fry with tarka seasoning. Recite "Waheguru," and stir while frying so that the potatoes are coated with tarka seasoning.

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Add Water to Potatoes

Add Water to Potatoes to Make Aloo Gobi
Add Water to Potatoes to Make Aloo Gobi. Photo © [S Khalsa]

While reciting "Waheguru," add about a 1/2 cup of water to the potatoes to aid in cooking and to make a rich broth or sauce.

Like the battered bowl which has gotten lots of use in langar preparation, in this illustration, most every item used in the gurdwara langar kitchen has been donated by sangat.

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Cover and Steam Potatoes

Steam Potatoes to Make Aloo Gobi
Steam Potatoes to Make Aloo Gobi. Photo © [S Khalsa]

After adding the water to the potatoes cover them and let them steam until they are cooked. While the potatoes are steaming, prepare cauliflower while reciting "Waheguru."

An over turned bowl can be used to cover a large cooking vessel like the all iron sarbloh karahee shown in this illustration.

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Prepare Cauliflower

Prepare and Rinse Cauliflower
Prepare and Rinse Cauliflower. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Prepare cauliflower all the while reciting "Waheguru." Divide the florets from the stem. Trim off the bottom portion of the stem, slice it lengthwise and then dice. Rinse the prepared cauliflower under running water.

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Salt Potates

Add Salt and Seasonings to Aloo Gobi
Add Salt and Seasonings to Aloo Gobi. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Remove the lid from the potatoes. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to cooked potatoes while reciting "Waheguru."

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Saute Califlower

Stir Cauliflower into Steamed Potatoes to Make Aloo Gobi
Stir Cauliflower into Steamed Potatoes to Make Aloo Gobi. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Add the prepared raw cauliflower to salted cooked potatoes while reciting "Waheguru." Stir the cauliflower with the potatoes and saute, mixing well to coat the cauliflower with tarka seasoning.

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Cover and Steam Cauliflower

Cover and steam Cauliflower to Make Aloo Gobi
Cover and steam Cauliflower to Make Aloo Gobi. Photo © [S Khalsa]

While reciting "Waheguru," cover the cauliflower and salted potatoes and steam until cooking is complete and vegetables are tender. Cauliflower releases moisture while cooking and aids in the steaming process.

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Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi Serving Portion
Aloo Gobi Serving Portion. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Aloo Gobi is ready to eat when vegetables are tender. If broth is desired add just enough water, a spoon at a time, to make a rich sauce. Stir well while reciting "Waheguru." Sangat sits together side by side on the floor whenever langer is served and eaten. Aloo Gobi may be transferred to a smaller vessel in portions small enough to transport easily. Recite "Waheguru," while serving Aloo Gobi.

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Khalsa, Sukhmandir. "How to Make Aloo Gobi (Potato Cauliflower Curry) Illustrated Recipe." ThoughtCo, Aug. 22, 2016, thoughtco.com/how-to-make-aloo-gobi-recipe-2993294. Khalsa, Sukhmandir. (2016, August 22). How to Make Aloo Gobi (Potato Cauliflower Curry) Illustrated Recipe. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-make-aloo-gobi-recipe-2993294 Khalsa, Sukhmandir. "How to Make Aloo Gobi (Potato Cauliflower Curry) Illustrated Recipe." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-make-aloo-gobi-recipe-2993294 (accessed November 17, 2017).