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Cauliflower/ Sada Gobi

Aloo-Gobi or potatoes and cauliflower got really know from the movie Bend it like beckham! Not that aloo-gobi is not goodb, its one of the best and you might already know it. Here I am going to give you a pretty simple recipe of just cauliflower. This will be one of those side dishes which you will be happy to make for its taste and how less preparation it needs.

The veggies with this method are mostly made in the region of east India, Bengal or Calcutta. Its also famous as Bong foodie Bengali food.

This dish tastes much better the next day as all the spices get marinated in the florets. So you can also make it in advance if you are having guests. Just heat it up the next day.

Here is what you will need for two people.


  • 1 small head of cauliflower, washed

  • 1 tbsp oil

  • 1/2 green Chili

  • 1 tsp nigella seeds/kalongi (main ingredient)

  • salt to taste

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1/2 tsp red Chili powder

  • 3/4 tsp coriander powder

  • 1/4 tsp dried mango powder/amchoor

  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander


  1. Wash the cauliflower and break it into small florets, keep it aside.

  2. Heat oil in a non stick pan, add the half green Chili, let it roast for a few seconds.

  3. Now add the nigella seeds and let them roast and release their oil.

  4. Now add the cauliflower, toss and turn it around on the pan for a minute.

  5. Add the salt, coriander powder and turmeric, rather sprinkle it on the florets. Mix it all well.

  6. Cook it covered for about 3-4 minutes. Toss and turn it around and cook it further.

  7. It should be aldente now, add the Chili powder and amchoor powder.

  8. Mix it alll well and cook it uncovered for a minute.

  9. Sprinkle fresh coriander on the top and serve it with rice or chapati.

Tip: Please to not add any water to this dish, as cauliflower has lot of moisture to it and this dish is best cooked in its own moisture. Happy cooking

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