gobhi masallam (stuffed cauliflower)

August 15, 2012

mark’s recipe. according to him, it’s “slightly adapted from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Vegetarian (or something like that”


Stuffed Cauliflower with Tomato-Coriander Sauce
(Gobhi Masallam)


1.5 – 1.75 lb cauliflower, core, stems, and leaves removed

For the stuffing:

6 tablespoons light veg oil (prefer mustard oil)
1 1/2 c finely chopped onion
1 Tbsp finely chopped garlic
1.5 Tbsp finely chopped ginger
(3-6?) hot green chilis minced
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
1.5 Tbsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground fennel
2 Tbsp ground blanched almonds
~1 tsp coarse salt
1 Tbsp flour
4-6 coriander springs for garnish
2 cups tomato coriander sauce (recipe below…)

1. Pre-heat oven to 400* F

2. Steam the whole cauliflower for 8 mins. Remove the cauliflower and let
it cool completely. Set aside.

3. Measure out the spices and place them right next to the stove in
separate piles. Heat 4 Tbsp of oil in a frying pan for 2 mins over
med-high heat. Add the onion and fry for 10 mins stirring constantly until
lightly browned. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for 2 more mins. Add
the chilis and fry for another minute.

4. Add all of the other ingredients from the cayenne to the flour; mix
well, and fry for two more minutes. Add about 1/4 cup of water, stir well,
and cook until the mixture turns into a thick paste (not long…). Turn off
the heat and let the paste cool.

5. Stuff half of the spice paste into the spaces between the florets of
the cauliflower. Try to put in as much as possible. Spread the remaining
paste over the top of the cauliflower, and pat it down (it will be
patchy). Place the stuffed cauliflower in a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle
the sliced almonds over it and dribble (…don’t put it your mouth and spit
it out all over it) the remaining 2 Tbsp of oil over it.

6. Bake the cauliflower in the middle level of the over for 25 to 30 mins,
or until the spice coating looks nicely browned, glazed, and crisp.

Serve with coriander springs. Scrape off any brown bits and spices
clinging to the baking dish, and add them to the tomato sauce. Cut the
cauliflower into 4-8 wedges.

Tomato-Coriander Sauce
Makes 2 cups


3 tablespoons of light veg oil or ghee (mustard oil, or split 50/50 ghee
and oil)
1/2 c chopped onions
2 tsp ground cumin
1 lb fresh ripe tomatoes, pureed (or 2 cups canned tomatoes, pureed)
1 c water
coarse salt to taste
2 Tbsp chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
(edit) squeeze of lime

Heat oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. When it is very hot, add
the onions and fry, stirring as much as possible for 6-8 mins, or until
light brown. Add the cumin and fry for 1 more min. Add the tomato puree,
1 c of water, and salt to taste; mix well and bring to a boil. Simmer over
low heat, uncovered, for 15 mins, stirring often. Turn off the heat and
stir in the chopped coriander.


edit 10/13.
not bad! sauce needs an acid – a few squeezes of a lime were perfect. i used some canned pureed tomato, some small fresh tomatoes, and a whole raw red pepper, run through the food processor. skimped on the hot chilis – wish i hadn’t. almonds become beautifully roasty; onions become candy-sweet. good solid recipe and interesting technique!

One comment

  1. dang, that sounds awesome!

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