Monday, June 25, 2012

Gobhi Ka Keema/Minced Cauliflower Peas Curry

Here's some food for thought. I was watching this debate show yesterday and the topic was "Has modern life screwed up our happiness?" I would like to say "yes". Gone are those days when great things came in small sachets. When I was growing up, eating out in a fancy restaurant, going to a movie theater, buying a dress,etc used to happen once a while. Not every other month. And when it did happen it truly felt joyous.There were many a times when my parents did not buy me stuff that I had really wanted.Not that they couldn't afford it , they just wanted me to understand that the word "NO" existed. Fair enough?

In this absurd era, everything is in excess. We buy what we want when we want it. After a quarter of year gets over, if we don't take that "much needed" holiday, we feel so stressed.While our parents who have been working for at least >30 years now, would have taken how many vacation to exotic places, 2-3 maybe? .To say life is so very materialistic now would be an understatement. More often than not, this question about what would give me happiness in the true sense of the word pushes me to one corner, scaring me that i would never find it.

On the flip side, the 21st century has its own accomplishments too. Freedom for women, women empowerment, no explicit discrimination based on cast/creed/color/language and so many more
things.

The show ended on a great note, saying what we do need to do is customize our lifestyle based on our needs.Lets sit back , think and make an effort to be happy. By indulging in these materialistic pleasures more than necessary,we are distracted from the real pursuit to happiness.Life is not about romantic-getaways,hi-tech gadgets,fancy candle-light dinners and overseas jobs. Don't be a saint, that's not what I am getting at, actually far from it. Just be aware of your needs ,make time for your parents,lead a balanced lifestyle, and don't go overboard. :)

Take a kit-kat break if that was too much of an over-kill ;)

So on to some lighter stuff now such as Gobhi Ka Keema. :). I loved the idea of making a keema curry with gobi and I wanted to try it.It indeed did taste like a how a non-veg keema would. Go on, try it and tell me how much you like it. ;)

Gobi Ka Keema


Ingredients

Recipe adapted from here

Serves - 4
Spice Level - Moderately Spicy
Prep Time - 20-30 minutes
Cook time - 20 Minutes

Cauliflower - 1 Medium, Cleaned and chopped finely
Fresh/Frozen peas - 1/4 cup boiled.
Onions - 2 medium, chopped well
Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tsp
Tomatoes - 3 big, pureed
Turmeric - 1/2 Tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 3 tsp + 2 tbsp
Bay leaves - 1
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp


Method

Heat 2 Tbsp oil in pan and add the chopped cauliflower. Saute till the pieces turn a shade of light brown.Keep aside.Take another kadai and heat 3 Tspn oil. Add the bay leaf, jeera - let it roast. Add in onion and ginger-garlic paste and saute well. Add the red chilli powder, garam masala and saute well.Let the raw smell of the spice mix vanish. Add the tomato puree at this stage , and let it boil. Let the raw smell of the tomato puree disappear. Now add in the cauliflower and peas, salt and let it cook in the gravy.Let it get cooked until you get a thick gravy and all ingredients have blended well.

Serve with pulka/chapathi.




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6 Yummmm:

Jay June 25, 2012 at 2:49 AM  

wow..looks scrumptiously tasty
new to your space..
lovely presentation
happy following you swetha..:)
do stop by mine sometime

Tasty Appetite

Spice up the Curry June 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM  

very tempting gobi kheema recipe. nice one

N June 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM  

Yet to watch the show! But agree to some extent with your thoughts...
The dish looks awesome as usual ! :)

Payal Singhal June 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM  

Looks very delicious! Beautiful food photography!

kitchen queen June 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM  

awesome and wonderful tempting and lovely combo curry.

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