Alu Gobhi (potatoes and cauliflower)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

Variation: Mix in 1 cup green peas and/or chopped carrots along with cauliflower. Use lemon juice instead of mango powder for a lemony taste. May also add a chopped tomato.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash and peel (or scrub) the potatoes.
  2. Cut into long half inch thick pieces.
  3. Microwave for 6 to 8 minutes, covered, for faster cooking.
  4. Heat the oil in a wide skillet on high heat.
  5. Add mustard seeds and cover.
  6. As soon as the seeds start popping, reduce the heat and add cumin seeds.
  7. As they change color, add garlic.
  8. Add the half cooked potatoes, cauliflower pieces, and remaining seasonings (except garam masala and mango powder).
  9. Cook covered until ready (about 15 minutes).
  10. Stir and sprinkle water if needed; lower the heat to prevent burning.
  11. Mix in garam masala, mango powder, and chopped red onion.
  12. Serve hot garnished with green coriander.


Most Helpful

This was really good but I made a few changes. I cut the potatoes in 1/2 inch squares and added along with the cauliflower and the two cooked perfectly together (by Indian standards that is - somewhat mushy.) I also thought it was strange to not cook the onions so I popped the mustard seeds in oil, added the cumin, then added the onion and garlic/ginge paste and cooked as directed. I ended up forgeting to add the garam masala and mango powder and it was really good without it - a lighter, less masala taste. I also added about 1/2 tsp. turmeric for a nice color and flavor along with the other powdered spices.

Shakahari August 18, 2007

This was so delicious! I followed the directions pretty much to the letter, except that I pre-steamed the veggies rather than pre-microwaving them. This was hard to stop eating. One note: the mustard seeds go from toasted to burnt really fast, so make sure to watch them closely.

Aunt Cookie September 04, 2006

I halved this recipe and made it for lunch this afternoon. I used 1 small tomato(peeled and chopped), juice of 1/2 a lemon(instead of mango powder), 3/4 tsp salt(instead of 1tsp),1/2 cup water(to cook the potatoes and cauliflower that I'd microwaved for 8 minutes) and 1 onion(the usual purple one). I did not use ginger and oil at all. I made this in my AMC's Dutch Oven and it turned out fantastic! Thank You for the easy and great recipe!

Charishma_Ramchandani May 27, 2002

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