14 June 2010

Cauliflower and Cobra
























That's the beer not the snake!

During National Vegetarian Week Cobra Beer asked Vivek Singh, Executive Chef of The Cinnamon Club, to share some of his favourite vegetarian recipes for people to try out at home.

I was rather taken by his Home-style Curry of Potatoes and Cauliflower, so I decided to give it a try.

It was an excellent curry, so full of flavour and not drowning in sauce as so many curries are. It was quite hot, but I added some sour cream to the curry the next day and I would say I preferred it this way as it did cool it down. I am a bit if a chilli coward as Lisa will confirm, so I had already cut down the quantity of chillies from 4 to 2 and I can assure you, it was still very hot. Graham likes his dishes hotter than I do and even he thought it had quite a heat. So you may want to think about how many chillies you add when you make this dish.

I served the curry with basmati rice and a glass of King Cobra. I have never served curry with beer before, it is such a cliche, isn't it? I usually stick to a glass of wine, but this time I decided to try the combination and I was pleasantly surprised. A sip of well chilled beer is just perfect after a mouthful of very hot curry. I can understand the pairing now and the beer was rather easy to drink. Very nice indeed.

King Cobra is an 8% ABV vegetarian beer served in a champagne style bottle. A nice one to take along to a bbq, I think you will agree. A bit more classy a bottle to hand over to your host than the average bottle of beer.



















Vivek Singh’s Aloo Gobhi - Home-style Curry of Potatoes and Cauliflower

This is probably the most common and basic vegetable curry you will find anywhere in India. Cooked pretty much nine months of the year, it is one of those recipes that sparks an intense debate over authenticity. One of the disadvantages of its universal appeal is that there is no such thing as a universal recipe!

Top Tips

* For a richer dish, stir in a good dash of cream or sour cream before serving
* Don’t use too much chilli and only add fresh chilli at the end
* If you cut the cauliflower florets slightly bigger than the potatoes, they will cook in roughly the same time, rather than overcooking and disintegrating before the potatoes are done.
* It’s important to use a wide, shallow pan for this dish. If you use a deep pan or a wok instead, don’t overcrowd it with the vegetables or they will start to disintegrate.

Home-style Curry of Potatoes and Cauliflower

3 tablespoons vegetable or corn oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon Ginger-Garlic Paste
4 green chillies, slit open lengthwise
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 2.5cm (1-inch) dice
1 cauliflower, divided into florets
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons salt
2 tomatoes, chopped
& frac12; teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
5 cm (2-inch) piece of fresh ginger, cut into fine strips
juice of ½ lime


Heat the oil in a wide, shallow pan and add the cumin seeds, followed by the onion. Sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onion is soft, then add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a few seconds longer. Add the green chillies and potatoes and sauté over a high heat for a couple of minutes. Tip in the cauliflower, turmeric and salt, mix well, then reduce the heat. Cover the pan and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
Add the tomatoes and garam masala and cook for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables are completely tender. Sprinkle in the chopped coriander and the ginger, squeeze over the lime juice and serve – either with chapattis or as a side dish.

Serves 4

I am entering this curry into Lisa's Celebration of Indian Food challenge.

25 comments:

  1. I do love my spices and chillies, but I don't like Indian style dishes very hot either, it ruins the flavour of the other vegetables. My husband would love this dish, its one of his favourites.

    Beer, mmm...I am not a big fan of beer, but may give this a go. Who knows I may just like it.

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  2. This curry sounds delicious Jacqueline and perfect for Meatless Mondays, which I know you support every day:D

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  3. I feel the same Mangocheeks , it does spoil the flavour. For me anyway.

    You are right Val, I should remember about that and mention it more often :)

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  4. Since I love cauliflower and curries, this is definitely going on my list to try! It looks simple, quick, and - best of all - delicious!

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  5. The recipe does sound delicious, and I would reduce the chilies as you did. Indian dishes with potato and cauliflower are my favorite.

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  6. Hi Spaghetti, It was an easy one and not a huge list of ingredients either, which can sometimes be off-putting :)

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  7. I think I might even be a real wuss and reduce it to one chilli next time Andrea :)

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  8. I'll take the tasty curry and my husband will take the beer. I wish I could make more cauliflower dishes but it's the one veggie my husband can't eat. UGH.

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  9. jacqueline, i was just thinking of making this tonight--even before reading this. now I know i will.

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  10. That's a shame Pam, I know that I don't often make dishes with the ingredients my hubby doesn't like and sometimes I feel like I am missing out.

    Hope you enjoy it Maybelle's Mom. Be careful about adding the chillies though :)

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  11. Oh I love Aloo Gobhi. This looks so good - I love the Cobra bottle too - I have never had this before. I am going to try both of these, my mouth is watering at the thought!! :) x

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  12. That curry looks great, full of spice and flavour. I usually like cider with my curry and hubby prefers beer.

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  13. Hi Lucie, It's a lovely way to present beer isn't it?

    Mmmmmmm, not tried it with cider Nic, must give that a go.

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  15. love that top photo - curry and beer is such a great summer meal for outdoors - and that curry sounds fantastic - though I would definitely use less chillis

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  16. Nice veggie dish with curry...looks so tasty...

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  17. Its such a popular dish :) Good you tried it! Now, I look for other alternatives for Gobi! lol :)

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  18. Thanks Juliana :)

    It's the first time I have tried it A & N, but I did enjoy it. I will be adding it to my list of favourite curries.

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  19. I'm not a beer drinker, Jacqueline, BUT I sure would go for this cauliflower dish!
    And I love your photos. The wooden sculpture in the first photo is beautiful!

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  20. Isn't all beer vegetarian? If not what do they put in it?

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  21. I love your idea of adding sour cream to aloo gobi! And that cobra beer looks so stylish!!

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  22. Hi TB, Lager and bitter in the uk tends to be ok, but beer can be non-veggie. Here is why;

    Finings are substances often added to beer (especially British beer or "bitter") or wine during fermentation to help clarify out particles and yeast, leaving the finished product clear.

    Check out products here to see if they are suitable.

    The sour cream finished off the curry nicely Sweet Artichoke oh and I love your blog, lots of lovely sweet things :)


    Finings are not present in the finished product in any significant quantity, their purpose is to settle out of the product, not stay in suspension.

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  23. Mmm this is one of my favourite Indian dishes! I love that top photo. It just looks like you're about to have such a relaxing evening with curry and beer.

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