Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tandoori Gobhi with a Twist - Curried Oven Roasted Cauliflower

How to define Tandoori Gobhi, closest description perhaps is - "Perfectly succulent cauliflower marinated with perfect  tandoori spices & grilled to perfection". As yumm as it sounds, grilling the whole cauliflower can be an interesting & tricky experience. So today we will stick to basics of tandoori cooking & go a step further to add some flavors which I'm sure will surprise you. Lets go for it...

Ingredients: -
1 medium size cauliflower
1 Cup Yogurt
1 tsp Olive Oil
2 tsp Ginger garlic paste
Salt & Red chilli powder to taste
1/2 tsp Chaat masala
1/2 tsp Jeera (cumin) powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 Finely chopped Green chilli 
Few Cilantro leaves

For Curry paste:
Onion: 1
Tomatoes: 2 (can also use tomato puree)
Ginger: 2"
Parmesan cheese: to sprinkle generously
Spices to taste

Method: -
Cut the stem at the base, remove extra leaves & wash cauliflower with warm water.
Now take a biggish pan & heat some water. Add 1 tsp of salt to water and boil the water.
Soak the cauliflower in the water for 4-5 minutes (dont over cook at this stage else the florets will fall apart/disintegrate).
Take out the cauliflower on a paper towel & dry it well. 

For Marinade: -
Heat Olive oil in a pan , add ginger-garlic Paste & spices. Roast lightly for 3-4 minutes.
Add this mix to freshly whipped thick Yogurt in a bowl, gently mix to make a paste like consistency.
Add freshly chopped coriander leaves into the marinade paste.

Rub the cauliflower with marinade, make sure to cover the whole flower well, wrap in a plastic bag &
refrigerate in fridge for at least 4-5 hours.

& to make Curry paste:
Heat oil in a nonstick pan. Saute chopped onion, tomatoes and ginger and season to taste.
Let it cool down and grind to make a smooth puree.

Method to bake cauliflower:
Pre-warm oven to 350 degrees
Take a baking pan, spray some cooking oil & keep aside.
Place the marinated cauliflower in the baking pan & bake it for 30-35 minutes till it turns golden brown.
Now take the pan out and pour the curry paste over the top of cauliflower and generously sprinkle some parmesan cheese.
Bake it for another 20 minutes and wait for the magical gobhi to get ready (in the meantime set ur platter with pickles, salad and naan)....

I can smell it and yessss.. my guts are right ..............ITS A TIME TO ENJOY!!!!!

Cut and serve with piping hot paranthas / naan or any of ur fave breads.
And yes don't forget to squeeze a few drops of  lime  juice on the top to add a great zing.

We thoroughly enjoyed it in on this sunday brunch and hope you do it too.

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