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A simple authentic recipe for Aloo Gobi (Indian-Spiced Potatoes and Cauliflower) that will delight your tastebuds. This easy stovetop method requires only one pan and is very simple to make. Serve it up with naan, fluffy basmati rice or roti! Vegan-adaptable and gluten-free. 

Aloo Gobi is a simple yet delicious vegetarian dish from India featuring cauliflower and potatoes and fragrant spices. I could eat this every day!

We’re back from our three-week adventure in Northern India and I just couldn’t wait to share this recipe for Aloo Gobi with you. What I loved about the food on this trip was the incredible variety of veggies, delicious spice combinations and how it was all mostly vegetarian. Food heaven!

Simple ingredients, veggie-driven with incredible flavors. Pretty much my favorite way to eat. This recipe pretty much sums up the food experience, and I hope you give it a go! I think you’ll be happy. 😉

aloo gobi recipe

What is Aloo Gobi?

In Hindi, Aloo translates to potatoes and Gobi translates to Cauliflower. Aloo Gobi is a classic  Indian (and Pakistani) dish that is vegetarian and varies slightly from region to region depending on where you are.

It’s a “dry” stir-fry of sorts, made with cauliflower, potatoes and spices- most commonly turmeric, whole cumin seeds and curry leaves.

Ingredients in Aloo Gobi

How to make Aloo Gobi

How to make Aloo Gobi

Saute shallot, garlic, ginger, and the serrano chili pepper in a large skillet with ghee (or sub coconut oil). Add whole cumin seeds, spices, curry leaves, and a diced tomato.

How to make Aloo Gobi

Cook this down until it is almost a paste. Add cauliflower florets, potatoes and a little water, and steam, covered for about 15 minutes.

How to make Aloo Gobi

Cut the cauliflower into small, uniform, bite-sized pieces.

How to make Aloo Gobi

Cook the spices and diced tomato down until it almost becomes a paste.

Here is where all the flavor comes from!

How to make Aloo Gobi

Add the cauliflower, potatoes, salt and water and cover and simmer until tender for 15 minutes.

Feel free to add other veggies here- green peas are good here too!

Once the cauliflower and potatoes are tender, uncover, and let all the liquid cook off,  until fairly dry. Garnish with cilantro and, voila, it is done! Easy Peasy.

(Alternatively, you can roast the cauliflower and potatoes- but doing it this way( on the stovetop) saves a step and saves using an extra pan- so much easier!)

Uncover, then cook off any excess liquid. Give a taste and just heat level to your liking. If you want it spicier, and a little cayenne pepper.

How to make Aloo Gobi

Spoon it into a serving dish and scrape out all the goodness from the bottom of the pan, placing it over the top.

Garnish with fresh cilantro or scallions.

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The tomato adds just the right amount of acidity. You can also try a pinch of mango powder if so inclined, or a squeeze of lime juice.

Store in the fridge for up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or freeze for up to 3 months.

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What to serve Aloo Gobi With?

  1. Emerald Dal 
  2. Instant Pot Tikka Masala 
  3. Palak Paneer
  4. Raita!
  5. Mint Chutney 
  6. Indian Butter Chicken
  7. Basmati rice
  8. Naan Bread
  9. Authentic Chai!
  10. Chai Cookies! 

And here you have it, tasty, delicious, easy…  Aloo Gobi, straight from India.

xoxoxo

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Aloo Gobi Recipe (Indian-Spiced Cauliflower & Potatoes)

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: side, vegetarian
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Flavorful Aloo Gobi! Indian-Spiced Potatoes and Cauliflower with Masala Spices- an easy authentic healthy Indian classic that can be made on the stovetop! Vegan adaptable.


Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoons ghee (or sub coconut oil or peanut oil– but ghee tastes best!)
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 serrano chile, split down the middle, stem intact
  • 810 curry leaves (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika ( or chili powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 medium tomato, finely diced, with juices
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups diced potatoes ( 3/4 inch dice)
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into small bite-sized florets (about 5 cups)
  • Garnish: Cilantro or scallions

Instructions

  1. Heat ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot, garlic, ginger and serrano chili and saute until fragrant and golden, about 3-4 minutes. Add curry leaves,  cumin seeds and mustard seeds and saute 1-2 minutes.
  2. Lower heat and add remaining spices – turmeric, paprika, asafoetida, coriander– along with tomato with its juices. Cook the tomatoes down on low heat for about 4-5 minutes until they begin to break down.
  3. Add salt and water, give a good stir scraping up any browned bits.
  4. Add potatoes and cauliflower, toss to coat. Cover, bring to a gentle simmer over med-low heat and cook, covered until fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Uncover and reduce, until all the remaining liquid is gone, stirring occasionally. You want this fairly dry ( the ghee will keep it moist).
  5. Spoon into a serving dish, scraping all the goodness out of the bottom of the pan over top.
  6. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.  Serve with naan, basmati rice or roti!

Notes

Curry leaves and asafoetida can be found at Asian Markets and both really elevate the dish. Curry leaves can come fresh or frozen – so check the freezer section if you don’t see fresh. Be sure to freeze any remaining curry leaves for another use so you always have on hand! (A ziplock bag or mason jar works great)

Curry Leaves are completely edible after they are cooked, but feel free to remove them as they can be a bit “awkward” to chew on.

Ghee tastes amazing here, but of course, you can absolutely make this vegan.

Leftovers are twice as delicious, allowing potatoes and cauliflower time to absorb all the amazing flavor.

Alternatively, you can roast the potatoes and cauliflower in an oven until tender, then mix with the shallot-tomato-spice mixture ( leaving the water out).

Serve with Naan, basmati rice or roti.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 212
  • Sugar: 7.3 g
  • Sodium: 664.8 mg
  • Fat: 9.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.6 g
  • Fiber: 7.4 g
  • Protein: 6.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 22.9 mg

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  1. I made this tonight and it was a hit. Black forbidden rice on the side. I did add more water than the recipe suggested and thought the next time I make it a can of crushed tomatoes would help.

  2. I love this recipe. It is the second time that I have made it and I believe some edits may have been made to the recipe since the last time I made it. The recipe is even better now. The only change I made was to add some sweet potato because I was short on regular potato and cauliflower. Basically I had the same quantity of veggies though. I highly recommend making the naan and cilantro/mint sauce. Both are also really good. Also, it might be helpful to add the bit about pulling the curry leaves at the end in the ingredients note. I had the same question as the previous review.

    1. Awesome Lynn, glad you enjoy this one with naan and the chutney- soooo good! I will note the recipe about the curry leaves- thanks! 🙂

  3. Hello! I am a fairly recent big fan of your blog. It has taken some time, but I have made enough of your recipes (with my tweaks, of course) to know that they will always be flavorful! I have a question on this one. Do you use the curry leaves whole?? and if so, What do you do with the curry leaves once it is cooked? Are they edible? Do you just push them aside and not eat them? Do you remove them? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Kiki, thanks! Curry leaves: I usually use them whole and just push them aside and don’t eat them. They are totally edible after they are cooked, but not the best sensation having a whole curry leaf in your mouth.:)

      1. Thanks so much for the quick reply! Making this right now! Oh, and I wanted to put it out there… your creamy mushroom soup is to die for! And I don’t like mushrooms! I try to cook with them for others and I’m try to learn to like them more since they have so many health benefits! The broth is just amazing! Guess I should put those notes in a comment on that recipe!

  4. Very easy and enjoyable recipe!
    I substituted turnip for the potato, because I had it on hand, and it was quite good. Excellent pairing with your homemade naan recipe. Thank you for providing inspiration in the kitchen.

  5. Delicious! We didn’t have a tomato so used 1/2 cup of salsa & served Aloo Gobi with roasted beets accompanied by a raspberry jam/balsamic vinegar/mandarin orange sauce and bbq’d ham steaks.

  6. your recipes look great. just one comment. It would be helpful if you indicated the serving size for the nutritional content. I need to carefully watch my husband’s diet so this is critical to know. Thank you.

  7. This is Delicious! I’ve made a lot of aloo gobi and this recipe is by far the best. Can’t wait to make again. Thank you so much!

  8. I’ve made this recipe at least five times now. I love it every time, thank you Sylvia 🙂

Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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