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Varsa's Aloo Gobi

Varsa's Aloo Gobi

Aloo (Hindi for ‘potatoes’) Gobi (‘cauliflower’) is a classic Indian dish. This recipe is courtesy of Varsa, one of our colleagues at Spice Trekkers. She uses cabbage (‘small gobi’) in place of cauliflower. She prepares this dish on a regular basis for our staff dinners and we always come back for seconds.


  • 1 large head green cabbage
  • 5 medium potatoes (approx. 12 oz.), peeled and rinsed
  • 8 Tbsp corn or other vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Mustard Seeds
  • 2 Teja or cayenne whole chilies
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 can tomato paste or 6 medium roma tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Garam Masala, ground
  • 3 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

Spice paste

  • 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and cut into large slices
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1-4 long, hot green chilies (to your taste)
  • ½ tsp. red chilies (such as Kaddi), ground
  • 1 Tbsp coriander, ground
  • 2 tsp cumin, ground
  • ½ tsp turmeric, ground


  1. 1

    Core the cabbage and discard the rough outer leaves. Shred the cabbage into two-inch lengths. Rinse and dry well and set aside.

  2. 2

    Cut the potatoes into quarters lengthwise and then into quarters crosswise. In a bowl, combine the cabbage with the potatoes. Set aside.

  3. 3

    In a food processor or with a mortar and pestle, grind the garlic, green chilies and the ginger into a paste. Transfer the paste to a small bowl and add all the ground spices except for the garam masala.

  4. 4

    Heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds with whole red chilies. Add mustard seeds and fry gently until they begin to pop. Add ginger-garlic-spice paste and fry for 10 seconds. Add cabbage and salt to taste and stir well.

  5. 5

    Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, uncovering and stirring every few minutes until the potatoes are cooked. The potatoes should be easy to break in half with a wooden spoon.

  6. 6

    Add tomato paste or tomatoes and stir well.

  7. 7

    Add garam masala, stir well and continue cooking until the mixture begins sticking to the bottom and the vegetables become soft and flavorful (approx. 5-10 minutes).

  8. 8

    Check salt and adjust if necessary. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with cilantro.