Gobhi ki Sabji Recipe | Dry Cauliflower Recipe | Gobi Bhujia Recipe
Dry cauliflower (gobi/gobhi) is a yummy vegetarian recipe that is prepared in every Indian household in a different manner. Irrespective of the kind of cooking technique and blend of spices used, every gobhi ki sabji tastes fabulous. When we say ‘dry’, it simply means the vegetable is stir fried and then seasoned with spices. There is no gravy. It is also known as gobi bhujia in the northern parts of India. Gobhi ki sabji is easy and quick recipe and it tastes good even after several hours of cooking. It is a perfect side dish for chapathi and you can pack it for your kids’ and husband’s lunchbox.
Choosing the Variety of Cauliflower
Choosing the right kind of cauliflower for making gobhi ki sabji makes huge difference in the way your recipe tastes and smells. You might have noticed that there are mainly 2 types of cauliflowers available in the market. When the florets are packed tightly together and their color is white, there is a good chance that it will have an unpleasant flavor and smell. It won’t go away even if you blanch the cauliflower.
The other variety of cauliflower has florets that are not bound tightly together. Their color appears between pale green to pale yellow. Such a cauliflower has no unpleasant smell. Besides, it has a good taste and texture. Check out the pictures below to get an idea what to look for.
Serving Suggestion for Gobhi ki Sabji
Dry gobi ki sabzi tastes great with rotis as well as with dal-rice. I have served it with plain toor dal with the flavors of hing/asafetida, fragrant Indrayani rice, and ghee.
Also check out the Indo-Chinese Gobi Manchurian Recipe.
Now let’s see how to make this delicious, lip-smacking, masaledar gobhi ki sabji. Let’s get started with the list of ingredients and preparation.
How to Make Gobhi ki Sabji Recipe
- Cauliflower/Gobhi - 250 grams
- Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
- Tomato - 1 medium, finely chopped
- Ginger-garlic - ½ tbsp, freshly pounded
- Green chilies - 2, chopped
- Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, finely chopped
- Mint leaves - 2 tbsp
- Lemon juice - 1 tsp or to taste
- Byadgi red chili powder - 1 tsp
- Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
- Garam masala - ¼ tsp
- Coriander powder - 1 tsp
- Whole coriander seeds - 1 tsp
- Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
- Chicken masala - ½ tsp
- Salt - to taste
- Oil - 2 tbsp
- To make gobhi ki sabji, start off by lightly roasting the cumin seeds and whole coriander seeds. Coarsely pound them together in the mortar and pestle. Keep aside.
- Heat the oil in a skillet/kadhai. Toss in the onions and saute until they turn pink.
- Next, add in the freshly pounded ginger and garlic. Saute till the raw smell goes away.
- Add the cauliflower, turmeric, and salt. Roast the cauliflower along with the onions for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, coarsely pounded coriander seeds and cumin seeds, byadgi red chili powder, coriander powder, and chicken masala. Mix well.
- Cover and cook on low heat until the cauliflower is done. It should still have some crunch and not be completely mushy.
- When the cauliflower is done, add green chilies, coriander leaves, torn mint leaves, lemon juice, and garam masala. Give it a final mix.
- Gobi ki sabzi is ready. Serve hot with dal-chawal or roti. Enjoy!
Gobhi ki Sabji Recipe with Step by Step Pictures Below
Prepare the ingredients for making gobi ki sabji.
To make gobhi ki sabji, start off by lightly roasting 1 tsp cumin seeds and 1 tsp whole coriander seeds. Coarsely pound them together in the mortar and pestle. Keep aside.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a skillet/kadhai. Toss in 1 medium onion finely chopped and saute until it turn pink.
Next, add in 1/2 tbsp freshly pounded ginger-garlic. Saute till the raw smell goes away.
Add 250 grams cauliflower broken into medium-size florets, 1/4 tsp turmeric, and salt to taste. Roast the cauliflower along with the onions for 2-3 minutes.
Add 1 medium finely chopped tomatoes, coarsely pounded coriander seeds and cumin seeds, 1 tsp byadgi red chili powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, and 1/2 tsp chicken masala.
Cover and cook on low heat until the cauliflower is done. It should still have some crunch and not be completely mushy.
When the cauliflower is done, add 2 chopped green chilies, 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves, 2 tbsp torn mint leaves, 1 tsp (or to taste) lemon juice, and 1/4 tsp garam masala. Give it a final mix.
Gobhi ki sabji is ready.
Serve hot with dal-chawal or roti. Enjoy!