Aloo Gobi (Curried Potatoes, Cauliflower, and Peas)

  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 35m
  • Ready In : 45m

This is a light, fresh, and healthy take on the Indian classic aloo gobi. Unlike other, long-simmered versions of this dish, this uses minimal oil (which you could reduce even further, if you’re so inclined) and comes together quickly, and the vegetables are cooked until they’re just done, so the flavor of each spice and component comes through cleanly and clearly. You can serve this as a main course, or as one of several dishes. And though it’s by no means necessary, carrot-ginger salad dressing makes a great substitute for chopped fresh ginger in this dish.


  • 9 ounces potatoes, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon neutral (canola, vegetable, etc.) oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala (or curry powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger, or 2 tablespoons Japanese Carrot-Ginger Salad Dressing
  • 10 ounces frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • small handful chopped herbs (I used mint and parsely, but use whatever you have - cilantro, basil, and scallion greens are all good)


Step 1

Put the potatoes in a small pot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer, and cook for 5-8 minutes, until the potatoes are just cooked through but not soft. Drain and set aside.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat, then add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, around 3 minutes. While the garlic is cooking, drain the can of tomatoes over a measuring cup, collecting the tomato liquid in the cup. Add enough water to make 1 cup of liquid.

Step 3

Add the potatoes and tomato liquid mixture to the pan, bring to a boil, and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, cauliflower, spices, and ginger (or carrot-ginger dressing), and simmer, covered, for 5 more minutes. Add the peas and salt, and cook, uncovered for 10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is cooked through. Stir in herbs and season to taste with salt.

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Comments (6)

  1. posted by Victoria on July 23, 2013

    Pretty please post instructions.

    • posted by Toni on July 23, 2013

      Hi! We fixed it, thanks for letting us know!

  2. posted by barefootandbeautifullyblessed on January 30, 2014

    What is the heat level with the curry? This looks great, but I’ve never cooked with curry before and I have two smaller children.

  3. posted by Nyssa on February 4, 2014

    I used the curry powder from Trader Joes and its very mild.

  4. posted by Lynn on February 26, 2014

    When do u add in the canned tomatoes? I see using the liquid but don’t see when to add the tomatoes themselves?

    • posted by Julia Monahan on October 2, 2016

      It’s in Step 3: “Add the tomatoes, cauliflower, spices, and ginger (or carrot-ginger dressing), and simmer, covered, for 5 more minutes.”


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