I love Indian food. I was recently talking to someone who said that she is open to eating plant-based but does not know what to cook. I was a bit surprised considering she is Indian!
Whether making home-made Indian food, heating a ready-made Indian dish (Saffron Road is my favorite brand) or ordering from your local Indian restaurant, I think Indian food is one of the most vegan-friendly cuisines available. We eat Indian food every week.
When people tell me they don’t know what to eat on a plant-based diet, I tell them to eat ethnic food. Indian food, Thai food, Chinese food, Korean food, Mexican food, Ethiopian food, Mediterranean food (to name a few options) can all be fairly easily veganized. Truly, it is the European/Western diet that is centered on meat and dairy.
My mom learned this recipe for Aloo Gobi during her 9 years living in India, although this is a mild, kid-friendly version. Also, check out my mom’s other Indian dishes – Vegetable Biryani and Tofu Daal Aloo Mattar.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
- 1 tsp cumin seed
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 garlic cloves (smashed into a paste)
- 1 inch ginger knob (smashed into a paste)
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp gram masala
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 small tomatoes, chopped and puréed in a blender
- 3 medium potatoes, chopped small
- 1 cauliflower head chopped into florets
- 1/2 Tbsp dry fenugreek
- Chopped cilantro for garnish
- Add 1 Tbsp cooking oil to a large pot on medium heat.
- Add cumin seed and bay leaf to the pot and sauté until cumin seed is hot and crackles.
- Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 minute.
- Add onion and sauté until caramelized (about 4 minutes).
- Add remaining spices (except the dry fenugreek) and sauté for 2 minutes.
- Add the puréed tomatoes and 1 cup of water. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Add potatoes and cover the pot. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add cauliflower and fenugreek. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving with rice or naan.
- Noosh-e-Jan (Enjoy)!
SERVES 4-5 people