Gobi Masala

Sunday is cooking day at my house, and yesterday I spent the day cooking up Indian food with my mom! My mom is an incredible cook and I was lucky to grow up with her as my cooking inspiration, so it was great getting to spend time with her in the kitchen learning her ways. One of the four dishes we made was gobi masala, a simple and delicious cauliflower dish. For this dish, you will need the following:

1/2 a head of cauliflower, cut into medium-sized pieces

2-3 vine-ripened tomatoes, roughly chopped

1/2 a red onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves of garlic, diced

1/2 tsp each of mustard seeds, jeera and kalongi

1 tsp each of turmeric, jeera powder, coriander powder, amchur (spiced mango powder)

1+ tsp cayenne, to taste

a handful of cilantro

We started by frying up three spices- mustard seeds, jeera (cumin) and kalongi (nigella…you can find a great, in-depth guide to Indian spices here).


Once the seeds are popping away, add the onion, garlic and tomato. Sauteé these for several minutes, until they are heavily carmelised and devoid of moisture. Next, add the cauliflower and sauteé for two minutes, and then add the remainder of the spices.

DSC_0229 Continue to stir until the cauliflower is cooked- tender but with a good amount of bite left. Add 2/3 of a handful of cilantro in the last 30 seconds of cooking, and reserve the rest for garnish.


Serve up with rice, roti or naan and some daal for a delicious, traditional Indian meal!

– priya


Gobi Masala