Monday, September 22, 2014

Sukhi Gobi Mutter/Dry Cauliflower And Peas Curry. And 1 Question

Few days back my friend asked me, what makes you happy? She asked what makes you really happy, not the monetary things, but simple pleasures that life has to offer?? What are the 10 things that makes you happy??? Please do mentions in the comments. Here goes mine not in any particular order.
  1. Sunset and walk on the beach with my partner.
  2. Spending time with my parents and brother.
  3. Looking at the old photos.
  4. Finding money/notes in an old pair of jeans. Or finding money I didn’t know I had
  5. Having some me time-while I am reading a book or just having a quiet moment for myself.
  6. Seeing an elderly couple hold hands.
  7. Hearing a baby laugh.
  8. Realizing I have more time to sleep.
  9. Receiving an unexpected compliment. 
  10. A hug, anytime and anywhere.
Now I am excited to know your 10 things. Do comment.

Just like simple things, simple food gives me pleasure-both in cooking and in eating. Would you prefer rich gravies or fried royal food every day? Well No, Sometimes all you want is comfort in the food, like basic aloo tamatar ki subji cooked in pressure cooker, or plain yellow dal and rice. There are days when you are tired; the days when your kids have snapped all your energy, or the days when your boss is really mad at you-For such days, you seek contentment and happiness in the food.

For me, a Subji that is not over cooked, the one that is not loaded which spices-just plain Indian massala and roti as an accompaniment is pure bliss. One of those subji is Sukhi Gobi Mattar /Dry Cauliflower And Peas Curry. This is an ordinary dish and that’s what makes it extra ordinary. No fuss, nothing special –everything plain, yet so fresh and rural that with every bite you get the divine satisfaction.

To bring out the best taste, you need to make use of mustard oil, this bitter oil will enhance the profile value of the subji. Next you have to let ajwain and jeera fry in the oil till it becomes dark golden, this brings the earthy taste and the beautiful aroma. Finish it up sprinkle of lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves-that's it. Here goes the recipe.

Cauliflower/gobi– 1kg
Peas/mattar – 1/2 cup
Green chillies/hari mirch-2 chopped
Cumin seeds/jeera- 1 teaspoon
Carom seeds/ajwain – 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds/sarso/rai- 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder/dhaniya – 1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder/haldi- 1/4 teaspoon
Chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Lemon juice/nimbu ka ras-1 tablespoon
Coriander leaves–  4-5 tablespoons chopped
Mustard oil/sarso ka tel – 2 tablespoons
Salt to taste

Separate the flowers from the cauliflower. Heat 5 cups of water with 2 teaspoons of salt in a big pot and bring it to boil. Add in all the cauliflower in the water and let it sit in hot water for 2 minutes. Sieve the cauliflower and drain the excess water. (See notes)
Next heat oil in a pan/kadai. When oil is smoking hot, remove the pan from heat. Add in cumin seeds, mustard seeds and carom seeds. Let them turn golden.
Finally add in cauliflower, peas, green chillies, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and red chilli powder. Mix properly, such that all the spices are coated on peas and cauliflower. On a slow flame cook it covered till peas and cauliflowers turn soft.
Finally add in lime juice and mix. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Letting cauliflower sit in boiling salted water for some time, helps to get rid of worms that might be inside the cauliflower.
Add salt in the last; remember that you boiled cauliflower in salted water.
Always make sure that mustard oil reaches to smoking point. If you want you can use any other oil also.
Make sure you cook it covered on slow heat. The steam will help in cooking, if you want you can sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water in it.
Do not over mix this dish. You don't want that mushy cauliflower.

Serving suggestions:
Serve as a side with rice and daal.
Just roll up in the parathas, or rotis. Great for tiffins and luch boxes.


  1. Subji looks so good shweta .I can explain may be 3-4 things that makes me happy .
    Visiting my mom.
    Praised by someone for my cooking
    Hug my cutie when she wakes up
    Doing all the work and resting after my work .

  2. Alu gobi looks awesome.. Pic is just super.. As for me I find happiness in every small thing.
    Seeing anyone happy, children playing, hearing my fav songs,seeing people's comments on the blog, seeing my loved ones smile, hubby's msg..,wedding pic,baking.. Meeting friends,chatting.. My god my list won't end..

  3. Stunning shots ,love that fresh gobi.For me an unexpected compliment make me happy and the last one too.

    1. oh yes thats the best, esp if it is-you have lost weight ;)

  4. Wow amazing shots,simple and hearty subzi too,finding money accidentally makes me happy too :)

  5. Lovely clicks of sukhi gobhi blended with peas. Awesome looking clicks.

  6. wow..feel like grabbing the kadai and start to dig in,yummy clicks !!

  7. my father in law use to love this sabji. Looks yummy.
    10 things that make me happy....
    watching a good movie.
    reading a good book.
    listening to hindi music.
    when a new recipe I try out turns out good.
    doing social work.
    being with my huge family, whom I miss so much. They all live abroad.
    walking on the beach.
    lunching with my best friend.
    little talks with hubby dear.... you know the daily stuff, discussing news,etc.
    listening to Hanuman Chalisa.

    1. ur list just like mine:) Thanks for answering:, good to know liitle about u)
      1 and 2 ones are the best ;) Mayuri

  8. This is our family favorite! Even my little one loves to munch these flowers without chapati or rice..very tempting. .lovely pictures. .
    I can relate with most of your happiness items dear..
    For me happiness also means creating something beautiful when I am in my crafting zone..whipping some yummy dishes when in cooking zone..dancing with my little one. .seeing her laugh..being marveled by her intelligence. .of course getting un expected compliments ;)
    Having fun with friends and family. .giving happiness to someone. .enjoying the little things. .After all that is what life is all about. .right. .
    Good you brought this topic up..makes one think about what really makes us happy and appreciate life. .

    1. being creative, oh yes it gives me happiness too. Good to know little about u lavina:)

  9. Nice recipe,nice Kadai,I love this combo of peas and gobi,

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  11. Very stunning shots! You made cauliflower looking so delicious and beautiful :D


  12. delicious gobhi & of favourite. love to have it any time.

  13. that looks so comforting... though somehow, to our south indian tongues, a dry curry is always a side dish rather than a main course...
    Loved that question asked, I don't know if I can manage but let's see...
    1. My kids' smile
    2. And definitely their hugs too...
    3. Any pattern in the sky
    4. A lovely breeze
    5. A beautiful Quran recitation
    6. A nice cozy chair with a book
    7. A silent walk across the beach
    8. Sleep!!! I just love it so much but hardly get enough of it...
    9. Observing people...
    10. And cooking! Hehe...

  14. Amazing pictures...falling in love with each of those shots!!! here goes my list of happiness
    1. When my hubby plans a unplanned leave and stays home with me.
    2. Making my hubbys fav dishes and when he enjoys eating it.
    3. Raining and listening to music.
    4. Being with my dad, bro and mom.
    5. Long drive and music!!!
    6. Surprises
    7. Being lazy
    8. Sleeping, Sleeping and Sleeping.
    9. Helping someone.
    10. Spending time chit chatting with my BF's.

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    2. wow Ree..
      ur list just like mine:) Thanks for answering:, good to know liitle about u)
      8th one is the best ;)

  15. What an awesome click...the curry looks tasty and inviting too....for me its long drives in the countryside with soft music; listening to my kids chattering, chatting with friends and family over the phone; gardening; reading; cooking :)

  16. Thanks everyone for such beautiful answers. I got little more happiness reading your responses:)
    Thanks :) :)


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