Sunday, May 17, 2009

April showers bring Cauliflowers!


Its spring time and you can see flowers every where…..The city looks now at its beautiful best…blue skies…long sunshine hours….green promenades….gardens with myriad colors…..And the only blemish on an otherwise great day was our landlady who was coming down to say that she is not happy with our gardening skills in the humble balcony of ours…..So that day she told me…

“Mathew….it is high time you remove the weed out and plant some flowers!”

Flowers….and me…haa…

Now that she was insisting I took out the cauliflowers from the refrigerator and adorned our balcony with it…It’s a pretty sight for onlookers walking by and the neighbors are jealous coz everyone is looking at my cauliflowers instead of Tulips and Dahlia’s which they meticulously had grown for springtime…Art enthusiasts drop by and stare from the streets towards my balcony trying to identify the hidden meanings in the piece of modern symbolic art as they see it as…

Cauliflower in the midst of tulips….very eclectic design…

It did not take much time for me to realize that people don’t appreciate cauliflower in flowerpots…people these days don’t have any sense of taste!!

Talking of taste I was informed by my roomie that this idea may invite the wrath of Neo-Nazi’s and the Ku Klux Klan who may not have any clue about my artistic intents…And rather his all day kvetching forced me to take them to where it belongs…to the kitchen.

Cauliflower is not a typical south Indian vegetable…infact it’s not even Asian and is more caucasian in nature…white and tastes bland…But it was not until discovered by Gopi in 1623 the vegetable became a hit in Indian cuisine…Things have come a long way since then….Gobi Masala is like naan and butter for every Punjabi now…

So this recipe which I got from YouTube is as follows...

*Boil the cauliflower florets in water for 10 min after slicing them into small pieces..
*Meanwhile in 3-4 tsp of oil crack mustards and jeera…
*And then sauté 3 thinly sliced onions 3 green chilies and few curry leaves
*Once they are transparent add 2 sliced tomatoes to it and keep sautéing the mix.
*After a few min add 1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste and keep sautéing.
*And once the tomatoes are cooked add 1 tsp turmeric, 2 tsp chilly powder and salt to taste…
*Once the raw smell is gone add the semi-cooked cauliflowers minus the water to it…
*Allow the Masala to coat well over the florets and after a few min add 1.5 tsp of coriander powder, mix well and cover the lid for a few min…
*Now open and add to it half a cup of water and mix well again…
*Allow it to cook for 10 min or until the cauliflower is sufficiently cooked while stirring it occasionally..
*Garnish it with coriander leaves in the end before serving it with piping hot chapattis... ;-D

And though as a consequence today when I look at my balcony I feel sorry for myself….it now sports tulips and dahlia’s... far from the once glorious veggie garden I had… and no necks turn as passerby's walk by…what a shame!! :(

16 comments:

Sakshi said...

and I thought you turned a traitor and joined all those restaurant hopping bachelors...glad to see this gooey gobi post.

Yeah how distasteful your land lady is to make you take that veggie garden away...you just lost a chance of some cooking phobic damsel dropping by your door to say hello to you...

Pooja said...

What a great idea to include cauliflowers...hehe! Too bad you had to remove it! The dish looks delicious..forms great combo with chapati & steamed rice.

Seena said...

kure nalayallo ee punjab spcl?!! :)
Hope u post some pics of your garden.. :)

Pramod Abraham said...

Did u happen to give some of this to the landlady ? She would sure fall flat ....with administration naturally !!

mathew said...

@Sakshi
ayyo..hard to afford to go out and eat daily..;-P

what you said is so true..whatay lost chance..hehe..

@Pooja
haha..yeah..i liked it with chappati's more than with rice...

@Seena
Punjab ekke ennu paranjaal evideyaa..;-D
garden foto will embarass me...i am going to replace it with cactus..

@Pramod
even the sight of chilly powder makes germans look at it as if they were some kind of drugs...i dont think she has eaten in her life the amount of spice as is a spoonful of gobi masala..;-D

Tina said...

hmmm looks delicious...

Beena said...

yummy yummy. i love all cauliflower items.. esp gobi manjoorian

Dhanya said...

U turned to a vegetarian coz of the landlady? what a pity ;)

My Experiments with Cooking said...

Hey!It's my first time here. Hilarious write-ups. Nice to have your blog in my blogroll.

veena said...

Hi Mathew ..
Hw r u ..kure nal aayi evide onnu vannittu ...Cauliflower looks yummy ....

anudivya said...

I don't know anything about cauliflower in flowerpots, but I sure do appreciate them on my plate. Seriously, I think it is one of the most versatile veggies, that could go from anywhere from a roti to a pasta dish.
I like mine plain, salted and peppered. :)

Mallugirl said...

"""white and tastes bland…"""exactly what my hub says.. i can't make him eat this veggie...so are u a convert now?

Sonal said...

Hi mathew!! Coming here for the first time and believe me man..your writting is hilarious.
loved reading ur post about ur extra marital affair with begum mutton :).
'white and bland'..no dear just try out Gobi Korma, Achari Gobi, Gobi parath ..yumm ..:)

Shabs.. said...

I just cudnt stop laughing.....:)Nice write up to freshen up dead mood.

Aruna said...

Saw ur comment on Shn's blog about plagarism...here's the link she is talking about among others...

http://varshaspaceblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/njandu-varutharachathu-crab-cooked-in.html

Shocked???

mathew said...

@Aruna
I am deleting the comment..assuming that you have read it..I believe its upto Mishmash and Will O wisp to resolve it..and I hope it ends positively.