Aloo gobi masala – Potato cauliflower in a delicious spicy onion tomato gravy. Aloo gobi is one of the most commonly made North Indian side to pair with Indian flat breads or Plain rice or even with simple rice varieties. One can find the aloo gobi combo even on the restaurant menus and parties.
There are 2 ways a aloo gobi recipe is made. A dry version and the other a gravy one. I am sharing a simple recipe that yields a tasty delicious gravy similar to the one served in restaurants. You can also check the Dry aloo gobi sabji here which I usually make for the lunch box.
In restaurants, aloo gobi recipe is made by frying the potatoes and cauliflower first and then added to the gravy or masala. For a home version to keep it simple and healthy, i have steamed the aloo and gobi and used here. But the taste of the deep fried aloo gobi is very good and lends a unique texture to both the veggies.
Most times aloo doesn’t get cooked well or takes very long if used directly in the gravy, so I have steamed them here.
If you are trying to replicate the restaurant gravy then you can shallow fry and use them in this recipe. You may like to try this with Plain paratha, naan, roti, plain rice or with simple Jeera rice.
Aloo gobi masala – restaurant style
Aloo gobi masala | How to make aloo gobi masala
Aloo gobi masala is a north Indian side dish made by cooking potatoes and cauliflower in a spicy delicious onion tomato gravy. This is accompanied roti, rice or naan.
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
Ingredients for aloo gobi masala
- ¾ cup potato or aloo (¾ by ¾ inch cubed )
- 1 ½ cup cauliflower or gobi (150 grams)
- 2 tbsps oil
- ½ tsp cumin or jeera
- 1 cup onion cubed
- 1 green chili slit or chopped
- 1/8 tsp turmeric or haldi
- ¾ cup tomatoes cubed
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 6 to 8 cashews or 2 to 3 tbsps cream / malai
- ¾ to 1 ¼ tsp garam masala
- ¾ to 1 tsp coriander powder or daniya powder
- ¾ to 1 tsp red chili powder (Kashmiri or byadgi)
- Salt as needed
- ½ to ¾ tsp crushed kasuri methi or fenugreek leaves (skip if you don't have)
- handful Coriander leaves chopped
How to make the recipe
Preparation for aloo gobi masala
Cut and rinse cauliflower florets well in water. Add them to slightly hot water and set aside 3 to 4 mins. Drain the water and rinse them.
- Steam or cook potatoes and cauliflower until half cooked. I usually steam them in a pressure cooker. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a cooker or steamer. Add the cubed aloo to a steam basket and steam them until half done. Then add cauliflower to the same basket and steam until al dente. Set these aside. For a restaurant style, you can skip steaming and shallow fry these until half cooked and aromatic. Set these aside.
- Make a paste of onions. Set aside.
In the same jar blend tomatoes and cashews to a fine puree. You can also blend onions, tomatoes and cashews together if you are short of time. But sauteing them separately yields a better tasting gravy in this recipe.
How to make aloo gobi masala
- Heat a pan with oil, add cumin and allow to splutter.
- Add ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell goes off.
Next add the onion paste. Cook until the paste turns light golden and the raw smell goes away.
Pour the tomato puree. Then cook until the masala turns thick and evaporates all the moisture.
- Add red chili powder, garam masala, turmeric and salt.
- Cook until the masala begins to leave the sides of the pan.
Then pour 1 ¼ cup water and stir well. Cook until the gravy thickens slightly. You should be seeing traces of oil on the gravy.
- Add the steamed or fried aloo gobi to the gravy.
- Cover and simmer until the veggies are cooked completely.
Add kasuri methii and chopped coriander leaves. Mix and turn off.
- Serve aloo gobi masala with rice or roti.
Preparation for aloo gobi
1. Chop onions to cubes. Deseed the tomatoes and cube them as well. Add them to a blender jar. You can either make a paste of onions, tomatoes and cashews together or onions separately and tomato and cashews together. I prefer them separate.
2. Make a fine paste of these.
3. You can steam the potatoes and cauliflower or shallow fry them in oil until almost cooked. If steaming i steam the potatoes until half done, then add cauliflower. Continue to steam till al dente. While the veggies get steamed you can begin to make the gravy.
How to make aloo gobi masala
4. Heat oil in a pan and crackle some cumin/jeera. You can also use 2 green cardamoms and 1 small bay leaf.
5. Add ginger garlic paste and fry until it smells good.
6. Next add the onion paste.
7. Saute until it turns lightly golden.
8. Add the tomato cashew paste.
9. Saute until the raw smell of tomatoes and onions has completely vanished.
10. Add chilli, garam masala, coriander powder, red chili powder and salt.
11. Saute until the masala begins to leave the sides of the pan. There is not much oil used here otherwise you cook until the oil separates.
Making aloo gobi gravy
12. Pour 3/4 cup water. You can also use the steamed stock. Let the gravy begin to bubble and thicken a bit.
13. Add aloo gobi.
14. Stir and cook covered until the aloo gobi is cooked completely.
15. Add crushed kasuri methi/ fenugreek leaves.
16. Add chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot with rice or paratha.