gobi masala

Gobi Masala | Cauliflower Masala

By Swasthi on August 2, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Gobi masala recipe – Simple north Indian cauliflower recipe. This is a wonderful and healthy accompaniment to roti, plain paratha, jeera rice or even plain basmathi rice. To make the cauliflower gravy, no yogurt or cream is used and is kept simple.

Gobi masala

The gravy tastes very delicious just with the addition of few cashews or almonds. You can also add in half cup of green peas to make gobi matar recipe.

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Preparation for gobi masala or cauliflower gravy

1. This step is optional. If you do not prefer to use raw onions in the gravy as sometimes they make the gravy bitter then you can follow this. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 1 cup cubed onions. Allow to boil for 3 minutes. Drain them and cool.

Heat 3 cups of water to slightly hot temperature. Switch off the stove. Add 1 tsp crystal salt and cleaned cut florets of gobi. For this recipe i used 250 grams of cauliflower. Leave it for a while. Then drain them and rinse well. Drain in a colander.

rinsing florets for gobi masala recipe

2. While the gobi is resting in water, add onions, ¾ cup cubed deseeded ripe tomatoes, 6 to 8 almonds (optional), 1 inch ginger piece and 2 to 3 cloves of garlic.

blending onion tomato for gobi masala recipe

3. Blend them without adding water until smooth.

onion tomato paste for cauliflower masala

How to make gobi masala

4. Heat a pan with oil. Add 1 cardamom, small cinnamon and piece of bay leaf and 2 cloves. You can also skip all these spices and just use bay leaf and cinnamon or just use cumin.

fry spices for gobi masala

5. Pour the pureed onion tomato mix.

addition of puree for cauliflower masala

6. Cover partially and cook until the mixture cooks thickens and leaves the sides of the pan. Add ½ to ¾ tsp chili powder, ¼ tsp garam masala, 1 tsp daniya/ coriander powder and salt..

spice powders for cauliflower masala

7. Saute until the mixture turns thick and begins to leave oil. The raw smell of all the ingredients should go away by now.

spice paste for making cauliflower masala

8. Add cauliflower and saute for 3 mins.

addition of florets for gobi recipe

9. Pour ¾ cup water and stir well. Cook covered on a medium heat until the gobi is done. I just cook to al dente.

addition of water for cauliflower gravy

10. Sprinkle kasuri methi. Cook for a min. Off the stove and keep covered. You can sprinkle coriander leaves. Adjust salt if needed. You can also cook until the gravy reaches a thick consistency.

sprinkle kasuri methi for cauliflower masala

Serve cauliflower curry with roti, chapati or paratha

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gobi masala

Gobi Masala Recipe

This North Indian gobi masala is simply delicious, quick and easy to make. Serve it over rice, roti and any flatbreads.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 250 grams gobi or cauliflower
  • 1 cup onions cubed
  • 1 inch ginger piece
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic
  • 8 cashews or almonds
  • 1 green chill slit (optional)
  • ¾ cup tomato deseeded chopped or half cup puree
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt as needed

Spice powders

  • ½ to ¾ tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ to ½ tsp garam masala (Adjust as needed)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp kasuri methi or fenugreek leaves


  • ½ tsp cumin or jeera
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 1 cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 cardamom (optional)
  • 2 cloves (optional)



  • This step is optional. Boil onions in 2 cups of water for 2 to 3 mins. Remove and cool them completely. 
  • Separate cauliflower florets and soak them in enough warm salted water for 5 to 10 mins. This way any worms inside the florets, will let them come out. Do not boil cauliflower.
  • Discard the water and rinse thoroughly under running water, set aside to drain.
  • Puree onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and cashews to a smooth mixture without adding water. Keep this aside.

How to Make Gobi Masala

  • Heat a pan with oil, fry the dry spices for a minute.
  • Add the onion tomato puree and saute until the raw smell goes off. The mixture will begin to leave the sides of the pan.
  • Next add chili powder, salt, garam masala and coriander powder. Saute until it begins to smell good. The raw smell of spice powders should go away.
  • Add cauliflower and saute for 3 to 5 mins.
  • Pour ¾ cup water and mix. Cover and cook on a medium flame.
  • When the gobi is cooked al dente, add kasuri methi.
  • Off the stove. Add coriander leaves. Keep covered until served.
  • Serve gobi masala with plain rice, jeera rice, roti, paratha.


1. Discard the basal plate of onion. This part makes the gravy bitter.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Gobi Masala Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 486mg21%
Potassium 471mg13%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 575IU12%
Vitamin C 53mg64%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Gobi Masala | Cauliflower Masala

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5 stars
Really delicious. or a change, we wanted a cauliflower dish that was not dry. I added potatoes, peas and edamame to the mix. And I decided to use coconut milk instead of cashews. Terrific! Swathi’s recipes are foolproof.

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Easy, quick, and delicious! Came out really well. Thank you for the recipe!!!

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I tried your Gobi masala recipe today, it was too good. . I added some yogurt while blending onions and tomatoes which it gave a little tangy flavour.
Thank you so much.

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This turned out really great! Thank you! I added blended tofu and almond milk to thicken it a little and worked really well so thought I’d share!

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I make so many dishes with your receipe. Gobi masala is one of them. My husband love my food and always feel proud when everyone in his office praise my cooking. A big thanks to your recipe.

Good recipe but too many ingredients which are not on hand, so had to give up.

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This recipe was something different but was really tasty. We enjoyed the flavours. Thank you Swasti.

Wow this was really tasty! I was so pleasantly blown away by how good this tasted! Thank you!

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Awesome recipe,it was too good

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Hi swasthi today I’m going to try this looks yummy ..

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followed this recipe, turned out really tasty, thanks for this.

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Can I skip onion and garlic? Pls suggest me.

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Hi Swasti,

This recipe turned out very tasty. My kid and hubby liked it a lot. Thank you very much
As a matter of personal taste, instead of pureeing raw onions, i prefer to boil them a bit and then puree.

I am really impressed by the breadth and depth of your website and also by the modesty and simplicity of the website. What a fantastic job you have done, and how lucky your family is, to have you. God bless you and your family.

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Yummy, tried it very delcious


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nice pics, looks delicious..

delicious masala,love with rotis:)

ah gobhi i love this more than the cabbage<br />it gets unique flavour in whatever form we use<br />the color has come out very good

Looks yummy …..Famous Punjabi Food :)<br /><br />

looks yummy…….

looks really yummy… beautiful clicks.