Our version of this curry, a favorite combination of vegetables in India, unites cumin, coriander, turmeric, and red-pepper flakes. Fresh cilantro provides an herbal note. Serve the curry as a generous side dish or with rice for a meatless main dish.
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1/4 cup cooking oil
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes
1 medium head cauliflower (about 1 pound), cut into large florets (about 4 cups)
1 1/2 pounds boiling potatoes (about 4), peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup frozen petite peas
How to Make It
In a large deep frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the coriander, cumin, turmeric, and red-pepper flakes and stir. Add the cauliflower and potatoes and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, 1/4 cup of the cilantro, the water, and the salt. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, and cook, covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the peas and the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and cook, covered, until the peas are tender, about 2 minutes longer.
Variation If you like, you can add three tablespoons dried unsweetened coconut to the curry. Put it in at the same time as the peas.
Go for your favorite full-bodied, full-flavored white wine. A California Chardonnay, for example, won't be wiped out by the curry's earthy and hot spices.
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Review Body: This was excellent. I made it oil free. I served it on basmati rice, topped it with an oil free sweet potato, red lentil dahl pureeing half the dahl (from the NYT) for a thick sauce and topped all of that with a spicy cilantro chutney - amazing.
Date Published: 2017-07-09
Author Name: 41sktlark
Review Body: Great dish, I cooked potatoes ahead of time and it turned out perfect!
Review Rating: 5
Date Published: 2017-01-08
Author Name: Mariya Krutkova
Review Body: If you don't parboil your potatoes beforehand, you will end up with half-raw potatoes and overcooked cauliflower. The recipe also does not call for enough salt - the dish is bland if one uses the amount of salt specified (although I did use three fresh tomatoes instead of the canned crushed ones - so maybe difference in salt is due to that). Overall, the recipe idea was good, but needs a few tweaks.
Review Rating: 3
Date Published: 2018-03-02
Author Name: CaliGirl
Review Body: are the potatoes already supposed to be boiled before adding it to the cauliflower?
Date Published: 2018-01-17
Author Name: NonnaKatherine
Review Body: Having read the reviews I expected this to be a little better. I followed the recipe exactly, even though I KNEW it needed onions and garlic before I made it. It was a bit bland, but when I make it again I will add onions, garlic, more tomatoes and some cayenne for a bit more of a kick.
Date Published: 2018-05-23
Author Name: canyongal
Review Body: This was so good. Just the right amount of spice. I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you for sharing.