Cauliflower and Carrot Korma

We had some friends over for the weekend and decided to cook something a little more interesting than the food we had been subjected to over the last couple of days [See reviews on Udupi Cafe and Taste of India].

I didn’t bother taking any pictures of this one, as it didn’t look as if it would photograph well or perhaps I’m not good enough to photograph it – however, I can say quite confidently – it tasted wonderful and is 100% vegetarian. Here’s what you do:

  1. Take about 250 grams of cashewnuts, boil them and puree them with some water – enough water so it flows ok.
  2. Puree about 4 medium sized onions with 2 – 3 green de-stalked green chillies.
  3. Powder 10 black peppercorns, 1 inch of cinnamon, 3 green cardamoms, 1 large cardamom, 4 – 5 cloves and 2 – 3 star anise. Remember to take out any cardamom husks left in the masala.
  4. Add some ghee/butter in the pan, heat moderately, fry the masalas from step 3 for about 5 seconds. Also add 3 pinches of powdered mace/javathri.
  5. Add the onions, fry for 30 seconds
  6. Add 1 tablespoon each of ginger and garlic paste, fry for 30 seconds
  7. Add 1 teaspooon turmeric powder, mix well
  8. Add the cashew paste, mix well
  9. Add some water to make a gravy
  10. Add 1 – 2 bay leaves
  11. Add cauliflower florets and chopped carrots.
  12. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  13. Adjust seasoning and gravy [add water and bring to boil if required]

Serve with malabar paranthas or just paranthas. Yummy!


Sid Khullar

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