Quick and Easy Bengali Cauliflower and Potato Curry by Chef Atul Kochhar
Easy Curry Recipes: Bengali Cauliflower and Potato Curry
Here’s another easy recipe variation of the curry house favourite, gobi aloo that cooks in under 30 minutes. This is from the coastal region of Bengal, with pickling spices and final finish of fresh ginger. This easy curry makes a great vegetarian main course, served with parathas and rice. It’s also good served alongside any roast meat, adding a bit of spice to a traditional Sunday lunch.
Atul’s time saving tip:
Buy well-scrubbed small new potatoes when cooking this dish, so all you have to do is quarter them. If your potatoes are larger, dice into 1 cm chunks so they cook quickly.
- 12 well-scrubbed small new potatoes (see Chef Atul’s tip, above)
- 2 thin short green chillies
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons mustard oil
- 1¼ teaspoons panch phoron
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon red chilli powder, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 425 ml water
- ½ head of cauliflower, about 400 g
- 1 lemon
- 2cm piece of fresh ginger
- fresh coriander leaves
- sea salt
- Assemble all the ingredients and equipment before you begin. You need a large sauté or frying pan with a lid.
- Quarter the new potatoes lengthways. Remove the stalks from the green chillies, if necessary, then halve the chillies lengthways. Peel and thinly slice the garlic cloves.
- Heat the mustard oil over a medium-high heat in the pan. Add the garlic and stir around to flavour the oil – it doesn’t need to colour. Add the green chillies and the panch phoron and stir until the seeds crackle.
- Add the potatoes, ground coriander, chilli powder and turmeric. Season with salt and stir for 30 seconds to cook the spices and so the potatoes get coated. Watch closely so the spices do not burn.
- Stir in the water and bring to the boil. Lower the heat to medium, cover the pan and leave the potatoes to bubble for 12 minutes, or until they are three-quarters cooked.
- Meanwhile, cut the cauliflower into small bite-sized florets, discarding the outer leaves and core. Squeeze 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Peel and finely chop the ginger. Rinse and chop enough coriander to make about 1½ tablespoons. Set all these ingredients aside separately.
- When the potatoes are almost cooked, stir in the cauliflower florets and cook over a high heat for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes and cauliflower are both tender, but the cauliflower is still holding its shape.
- Stir in the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of the ginger and 1 tablespoon of the chopped coriander, and adjust the seasoning with salt, if necessary. Sprinkle with the remaining ginger and coriander just before serving.