Garden Subzi a la IndoSunGod

lake superior
forever calling me home… vast and wild… beautiful Lake Superior

long ships passing
an upbound laker (actually a tug-and-barge combination) assisted by a G-tug, and a downbound “saltie” (ocean vessel) pass in the St. Mary’s River, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan (the “Soo”). In the photo, the “saltie” appears larger, but the laker is the longer of the two…

A Michigan trip is always fantastic, but after two weeks of vacation indulgence I was really craving a healthy, tasty veggie dish.

As I expected, I returned to find a very meager selection of goods in the fridge.
For inspiration, I turned to the blogs and the first I visited was ISG’s Daily Musings.
As usual, she read my mind and had a dish ready and waiting for me! She and her aunty cooked up a gorgeous cauliflower subzi using even the leaves! I always use cauliflower stalks, but only this summer did I begin using the green leaves as well. As ISG says — they are tasty!

My crisper yielded half a rather old head of cauliflower, so I couldn’t use the green this time, but I did include the stalks. To make up for the lacking half, I added a giant ichiban eggplant from my own garden, hooray! I also chopped up a garden tomato to use; because it was not quite ripe, I omitted the amchur powder.
No fresh onion to be had meant frozen chopped for a substitute, my curry leaves were past their prime, and the ginger-garlic paste was from a jar. No fresh green chiles either (I really have to go shopping). As tribute to ISG’s spicy recipes, I used two big dried red chiles instead of my usual one 😉

eggplant, tomato and cauliflower with seasonings — ingredients for a quick and tasty subzi

In spite of a few sub-par ingredients, this dish was really delicious.
Thank you ISG, and thanks to your aunty as well!

Garden Subzi a la ISG
this is done backward because I used frozen onion —
if using fresh I would do the tadka first rather than last

1 tsp canola oil
1/3 c frozen chopped onion (or 1/2 small fresh onion)
1 TB ginger-garlic paste (or use fresh)
2 big dried red chiles
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
few curry leaves

1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
(use stems and also green leaves if fresh)
1 big eggplant, preferably long asian type, cut in cubes
1 semi-ripe tomato, chopped small

Salt to taste


Heat oil over medium-high flame and add frozen onion — when sizzling and beginning to brown, add ginger-garlic paste and stir 2-3 minutes. Add dried chiles, cumin, mustard and curry leaves. When mustard pops, add chopped tomato and reduce heat to medium. When tomato softens, add cauliflower and eggplant. Cook 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring once or twice. Add about a cup of water, cover, and cook an additional 10-15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. Add salt to taste, and give all a big stir before serving (or gobbling up straight from the pan — it’s that good!) 🙂

garden subzi
simply delicious — a garden subzi a la ISG!


While I was away, I was lucky to receive some special thoughts from two very dear and special friends — thank you so much, Supriya and ISG, for thinking of me with these lovely awards! Your kindness truly makes me happy every day. I will be passing these along soon, too 🙂

schmooze award

thoughtful blogger award

And last but certainly not least, please allow me to wish you all a very happy (albeit belated) Independence Day — from 1947 to 2007 is a wonderful accomplishment and still going strong!



  1. Roopa said

    wow lovely dish! Congrats for the award and you dearly deserve it!

    Thank you Roopa dear 🙂 Have to get myself free on the weekend so I can come catch up! 🙂

  2. indosungod said

    Linda, Lake Superior is calling to me, next summer 🙂 Missed you a lot. Vacations are fun but the food is what makes you want to come home. You whipped up the cauliflower Subzi with Eggplant, that is a great combo. Thanks for the wishes and Congrats on those well deserved awards.

    I missed you too ISG! Just saw on Daily Musings, that you’re off for a few days of vacation too — hope you have a wonderful time!! That subzi was excellent, thanks so much again and for “awarding” me 😉

  3. sandeepa said

    You had a great vacation Linda, you do love Michigan, don’t you ?

    Your dish looks great. I pair up cauliflower with brinjal and potatoes but for a very typical Bengali gravy, never tried it for a dry sabzi

    I sure do love Michigan, Sandeepa, I cannot tell a lie 🙂 Will be looking for you veggies in Bengali gravy… must be with lots of mustard seeds yes? Yum 🙂

  4. bhags said

    hmmm…so u r back, and back with a bang with all ur delicious recipes….

    Just a little bang to begin, Bhags… glad to see you! 🙂

  5. bee said

    great to see you back, linda.

    Thanks Bee, it’s nice to be back but I am still missing the lake! 🙂

  6. sharmi said

    congrats on the awards! waw you have cauliflower in you garden. I envy you. they look so good and fresh.

    Thank you Sharmi dear… that cauliflower was from the fridge, but the rest from my own little plot! 🙂

  7. coffee said

    So good to see you back Linda! 🙂 You have had a lovely vacation I can see. 🙂

    Thank you, thank you Coffee! It was a lovely vacation and never long enough, right? 🙂 Be around to see you soon, can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up for MBP September! 🙂

  8. Asha said

    Hi Linda, back to business I see!:D
    I am still at the beach but leaving in few hrs to drive back home.It was and it is HOT in NC and SC, not ending any time soon. Hope my plants survived the heat.Enjoy the award and check FH for one more tomorrow!;D

    Back to business indeed, Asha — vacation never lasts long enough! I’m glad you got some heat for your tomatoes and brinjals… mine are just turning red now. And thank you for the fabulous rocking award!! 🙂

  9. Aruna said

    Nice pics of Lake Superior & nice dish toooo!!!

    Hi Aruna, thank you so much — glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  10. Mishmash! said

    lake Superior is always romanticized through your pics…:) So how was the vacation..? Admire you for doing so much of cooking experiments, after a relaxed vacation….I would still be in a hangover 😛

    I am still having a Lake-style relaxation, Shn. Been very lazy so far since coming back! I still have to get over and see what you’ve been up to! 🙂

  11. Richa said

    it is always such a delite looking at the pics of lake superior here 🙂 nice to see u back!

    Aw, thank you Richa! I’m so glad you enjoyed. Happy to be back, too 🙂

  12. Latha said

    Good to see u back Linda! Those are some lovely pics! And the sabji looks great! U go girl.. u deserve the award !

    Thanks Latha! It’s so nice to see you around here!! 🙂

  13. Suganya said

    Glad to have you back Linda. Nothing beats a home cooked meal…

    Thank you so much Suganya — it’s nice to be back too 🙂 And you’re right about home cookin’! 🙂

  14. Shammi said

    ahhh… your Michigan pics look so gorgeous, Linda! My sister lived/worked in Holland, MI for a couple of years, and she just LOVED it there. One of these days maybe I’ll get the chance to visit! 🙂

    And on the topic of your garden subzi – I have a cauliflower in my fridge that’s waiting to be used. Only I think I’ll leave out the aubergine… 🙂

    Hi Shammi, I hope you can get to Michigan sometime — it’s gorgeous in every sense! I haven’t been as far south as Holland, but I know it’s supposed to be lovely there too. You can give me the extra aubergines. Umm.. I mean, eggplant… brinjals? 😉

  15. Shammi said

    I mean eggplant 🙂

    Mhmm 🙂

  16. Rahin said

    hey linda , congratulations ….so u had a lovely vacation n awards toooo …:) gud goin ….:) its gud to c u back

    Hey, Rahin, happy to see you here and thanks so much 🙂 Been a little chilly our way yes? But getting warmer tonight and tomorrow. I must catch up at your blog, those lemon blueberry bars look great! 🙂

  17. neroli said

    Linda, it’s good to see you again!
    I’m so glad that you had a good time—with that picture, I can see why the lakes always call you 🙂
    Congratulations on your awards—most deserved!

    Thanks Neroli, it’s good to see you and I’m glad you liked the photo, too! 🙂

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