Cauliflower with Potatoes and Peas

Because sometimes simple things are the best…

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Indian cuisine is without a doubt my favourite cuisine in the world.  Complexity of flavours, assortment of textures, vibrancy of colours, are all things that make Indian cuisine one to reckon with.

Unfortunately the Indian restaurant scene hasn’t done complete justice to the way Indian food is actually served in Indian homes. Indian food doesn’t need to be complicated, it doesn’t need to covered in spices. Indian home cooking is all about love on a plate, it isn’t fancy, it’s comforting. 

Today’s recipe is exactly that – it’s not fancy neither is it complicated. It’s a dish made from everyday vegetables found in your fridge, it’s a dish that uses a staple spice of Indian cooking – Cumin, it’s a dish that uses the classic base flavour of Indian cooking – onion and tomato paste.  All you gorgeous LSD readers that love Indian food, come try it in its true essence. 

Ingredients: 10   Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

  • One medium-sized cauliflower, cut into florets
  • One cup of peas (I used frozen peas)
  • Two medium-sized potatoes, cubed
  • One brown onion, chopped
  • Two tomatoes, chopped
  • Two to three green chillies, chopped
  • Two teaspoons of cumin seeds
  • One teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Salt to season
  • 1.5 tablespoons of ghee or butter

Melt ghee/butter in a pot. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter, now add the onions and cook them until translucent.

Add the tomatoes, green chillies and turmeric powder. Cook until the tomatoes are tender.

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Once the tomatoes are tender, add the potatoes and half a cup of water. Cover the pot with a lid and let the potatoes cook on a medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes.

Add the peas once the potatoes are cooked, give the dish a good stir and let it cook on a medium heat for another five to seven minutes.

Finally add the cauliflower, season with salt and cook until the cauliflower is al dente.

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Serve this classic marriage of flavours with warm flaky namkeen parathas, the recipe can be found here. Alternatively you can serve it as a side dish with dal and rice, find a classic Indian dal recipe here.