VEGAN ALOO GOBI MUTTER( POTATOES CAULIFLOWER PEAS WITH INDIAN SPICES)

I spend a great deal of time on Pinterest, mostly looking for food recipes, travel, I have boards of all the things I like.  A place I can express myself and share these things with other cool pinners that have the same interests or not.  While browsing on there today I found an Indian spiced recipe for Cauliflower with peas.  I was planning to do my usual way of cooking them in olive oil or steaming them but I wanted different flavors so I stumbled on Vegan Richa’s food blog. I had all the spices and ingredients already so I gave it ago.  The only substitutions I made to the spices was substitute a tsp of Garam Masala for the pinch of asafetida that it called for.   I also added long strings of sweet onion to the mix.   Definite recipe keeper.

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Ingredients:
2 cups cubed potatoes(medium size cubes)
2 overflowing cups of cauliflower florets(large florets broken or cut to a medium size)
1/3-1/2 cup peas
1 green chili chopped or to taste
1 Tablespoon garlic chopped
2 teaspoons ginger chopped
1 Tablespoon organic canola oil or mustard oil or any oil with high smoke point
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
a generous pinch asafetida-  I used Garam Masala
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder or freshly crushed coriander seeds
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4-1/2 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne
2/3 teaspoon salt or to taste
Directions:
In a large pan, add oil and heat at medium.
When hot add the cumin seeds and mix for half a minute.
Add ginger, garlic, asafetida and chopped chili pepper and mix for a minute or until garlic turns golden.
At this point you can go 2 ways,
1. Add the coriander, cumin and chili/cayenne powder and mix for a few seconds. Add potatoes and cook covered for 2 minutes. Then add turmeric and cauliflower, mix and continue.
2. Mix the coriander, cumin, chili/cayenne and turmeric powders in 2 Tablespoons water and add the mix to the pan. Cook for a 1 minute or so until the spices get fragrant and leave oil on the side. Add potatoes, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Add cauliflower florets and cover.
Cover and cook potatoes and cauliflower on low heat for 10-15 minutes until the veggies are just about getting tender. Stir every 5 minutes.
Add salt and peas and a few drops of oil. Mix gently. Cover and cook on low for another 5 or so minutes until veggies are tender to your preference.
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