Monday, April 23, 2012

Tandoori Gobhi

Some days you are just in a mood for something rich and spicy, never mind the time or effort that goes into the preparation. Today was one of those days. But unfortunately, all that my refrigerator yielded in terms of vegetables was a head of cauliflower! I also had some onions on hand, so decided to put the two together and come up with something.

This recipe is time consuming, but easy. Since I did it in installments, I did not exactly feel like it was too elaborate a preparation. The best part is, it pretty much cooks by itself - no baby sitting needed! So, while my dish was marinating, I was off dropping  kiddo at school and even managed to squeeze in an hour at the gym. Next, when the dish was baking, I was finishing up my cleaning and other chores! So, don't get scared looking at the preparation time :)

Marinating Time: 3-4 hours          Cooking & Preparation: 1 hour             Serves: 2

Caulilfower - 1 small head, broken into florets and rinsed thoroughly.
Onion - 1 small, sliced thin
Oil - 2 tabespoons
Lemon Juice - 2-3 tablespoons
Cilantro - 2 tablespoons, finely chopped (for garnish)
For the marinade:
Tandoori Masala - 2 heaped tablespoons (I used ready made, though you could make it at home)
Sour Cream - 2 teaspoons
Ginger - 1 teaspoon, minced
Garlic - 1 teaspoon, minced
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric/Haldi Powder - ½ teaspoon
Salt - to taste


  • Mix all the ingredients for marinating with the cauliflower florets and the sliced onions.

  • Cover and set aside in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Grease an oven safe dish or use aluminum foil. I prefer greasing the foil as well!
  • Drizzle some oil and bake the marinated onion-cauliflower mix in the covered dish for about 40 minutes. 

  • Add some bread crumbs and freshly grated Parmesan cheese and bake uncovered for about 15 minutes.

  • Remove from oven, add in the lemon juice and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Spicy Tandoori Gobhi is ready to be served with chapathis/parathas.

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