Archive for December 28, 2009

Do You Have a Toothache? Aloo Gobi To The Rescue!


This is a longish post ~ be forewarned! ๐Ÿ™‚

Before I begin, please see yesterday’s post for an
addendum to the lotus root curry.

Incidentally, Wiki states that lotus flower is the national flower of India.
I didn’t know that? Read the entry here.

Now, on to today’s marathon recipe!

I have been nursing a marathon, on-again off-again toothache.
Today it’s definitely on-again, and I could hardly eat a bite.
I was hungry for something spicy, but couldn’t fathom the idea of chewing.

I am still trying to cook from the stores at hand; tonight they were just the ticket.

Here is what I came up with. Essentially, it is this recipe from dear ISG’s amazing repertoire — sans wadis, because, well… you need to *chew* those ๐Ÿ˜‰

Aloo Gobi Gravy (For a Toothache)
enough for a few meals at least, but I hope you don’t have a toothache that long!

In a big pressure cooker, season:

one healthy tablespoon of ghee
(I was after comfort food tonight!)

curry leaves

In the seasoned ghee, saute:

half a medium onion, diced fine
a few cloves of garlic, diced
a tablespoon of grated ginger

When fragrant, add:

one medium-sized potato, peeled and diced


Now, while all this is happening, take another pan and boil some frozen
cauliflower in a little water. Cook until the water boils off and the cauliflower is soft. Let the cauliflower brown in the hot pan. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn — shaking it back and forth a few times helps. This is the secret to frozen cauliflower, I have discovered. The browning gives a lovely taste.

caramel-colored cauliflower ~ yum!


Meanwhile, back at the pressure cooker… by now the potato is translucent.

1/2 c toor dal, rinsed well
water to cover (I used about 3 c)

Close the lid, bring up to pressure and cook as you would for any dal or sambhar (yes ok, this is practically sambhar. In disguise. I can’t help it. Sambhar is my comfort food! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

When the dal is cooked, allow the pressure to fall, and add:

1/2 c water from soaked tamarind, or 2 TB good-quality, bottled tamarind paste
(not “tamcon” in the little plastic jar, please)

1 TB jaggery
1 TB dhania-jeera pwd
1/2 tsp each jeera and methi pwd
(optional — I like them in sambhar)
1/4 tsp turmeric
salt to taste

and of course, the crowning jewel:

A heaping helping of ISG’s magic sambhar podi

Stir it all up well, then add:

the browned cauliflower
one cup of cooked rice

If the mixture is very thick, add a bit of water. Let it come to a boil, and use an immersion blender to puree.

All that fuss for a simple-looking dish… and it reminded me a bit of
this coorg-style gravy, only spicier.

This was just what the doctor (or dentist) ordered. Nutritious and filling with complete protein; smooth and comforting from the blender; rich with pure ghee and redolent with ISG’s magic sambhar powder.

Who could ask for anything more!

aloo gobi gravy ~ with a good bit of melting ghee ~ comfort food in
nana’s pastoral davenport

Bonus Sambhar Section
I have tried and loved all these recipes ~ many thanks to the chefs! ๐Ÿ™‚

ISG’s Dal Sambhar

ISG’s Hotel Sambhar

Shilpa’s Ash Gourd Sambar

Dr. Soumya’s Jackfruit Sambar

Indira’s Classic Shallot Sambhar

Mrs. Marthi’s Favorite Hotel-style Sambar

Menu Today’s Sambar/Kulambu section


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