WARNING: This is not a mirage. It's cauliflower. More specifically, it's aloo gobi, the classic Indian cauliflower and potato dish, redolent with warm spices and gold-tinged by turmeric. Yes, I am trying to get over my lifelong distaste for cauliflower in 2013, by combining it with flavors and in recipes I already know I love. Almost anything cooked in a spicy hot base tingles my taste buds; add to that the convenience of using the slow cooker, and I had to give this dish a go. I can't say I fell head-over-heels for the cauliflower, but I ate a few pieces, which is more than I might have done a year ago. My husband Ted happily devoured the rest with some steamed basmati rice. (Note: recipe updated based on reader comments below.)
Slow cooker aloo gobi (spiced cauliflower and potatoes)
Slightly adapted from The Indian Slow Cooker, this recipe serves 8.
1 large cauliflower, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large russet potato, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1 medium tomato, diced
1 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
2 cloves garlic, peeled and grated
2 jalapeño peppers, stemmed and sliced (seeds and all, if you like it very spicy; otherwise, remove the seeds)
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste (original recipe calls for 1 Tbsp; see comments below)
1 Tbsp garam masala
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp turmeric
3 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1 heaping Tbsp fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
In a 4- or 5-quart slow cooker, combine all ingredients except the cilantro. Stir well to distribute the spices.
Cook on LOW for 4 hours, stirring once or twice, if you're around.
Add the cilantro just before you're ready to serve the aloo gobi with rice or naan bread.
More recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
Broccoli and cauliflower sformatino
Slow cooker Indian-spiced butternut squash
Creamy Indian-spiced vegan sweet potato soup
Egg noodle, cheese and cauliflower gratin
Slow cooker Sindhi beef curry
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Lamb curry with cauliflower and double cilantro, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Crockpot Indian curry, from A Year of Slow Cooking
Kerala egg curry, from Sailu's Kitchen
Indian-style roasted squash curry, from Lisa's Kitchen
Sunday afternoon chicken curry, from eCurry
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