Thursday, April 10, 2008

Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes

recipe from Jenny:

We have really been enjoying Indian-flavored food lately--and this is one of my favorite ways to make cauliflower. It takes a bit more time than some recipes, but it's really worth it.

Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes

1 (1 ¾-lb) head cauliflower, cut into ¾-inch-wide florets
1 ¼ lb potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
¾ teaspoon salt
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon cayenne
½ cup water

Put oven rack in upper third of oven and place a shallow baking pan on rack. Preheat oven to 475°F.

Toss cauliflower and potatoes together in a bowl with 3 tablespoons oil, cumin seeds, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Spread in hot baking pan and roast, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is tender and browned in spots and potatoes are just tender, about 20 minutes.

While vegetables are roasting, cook onion, garlic, and ginger in remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until very soft and beginning to turn golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Add ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in water, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet, then stir in roasted vegetables. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.

Makes 4-6 side-dish servings.


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