Friday, May 9, 2014

Aachari Cauliflower, Chana and Corn / Cauliflower , Chickpeas and Corn in Pickle spices

We all love to make aachari dishes and tell you the truth, I was bored with aloo gobhi or gobhi matar or paneer or chana masala , saag chana. But still love all three C's. so wanted to merry them in one dish and still did not wanted to compromise on taste so was thinking why not to make fresh pickle masala and cook them in it? It was such a delightful diner , you have no idea. This time I didn't use store brought pickle masala. that time only I roast the whole spices and then grind it and use it what ever I needed and put rest in the masala dabba for another dish or pinch in here and there for other dishes.

I got this idea from Farrukh's Blog    

For Pickle Masala :

1 tbsp. Mustard seeds
1 tbsp. black sesame seeds (kalonji)
1 tbsp. cumin seeds
1 tbsp. fennel seeds (saunf)
1 tbsp. carom seeds (ajwain)
4 dry Kashmiri red chillies for nice color otherwise regular is fine

Roast them on low flame till it gives nice aroma, shake it in between and cool it and put it in grinder to make fine powder, if you wish you can have little bites too. Keep it aside.

For Cauliflower masala :

1/2 head cauliflower florets, cut it as per your family choice, big is better but mine loves bite size
1/2 cup boiled white chickpeas
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 big red onion cut in match sticks
1 big juicy tomato slices
2-3 tbsp. aachari masala or as per your taste
5 garlic cloves crushed
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. coriander powder
1/2 tsp. each fenugreek seeds and fennel seeds
1 green chili slit
lime juice as per taste
big pinch of hing
fresh coriander leaves for garnish
2 tbsp. oil
salt to taste


In a kadai, heat a oil, add methi seeds and fennel seeds and cook for 10 seconds.
Add crushed garlic and cook till its little brown.
add hing and onion and cook till its pinkish in color.
add Tomatoes, aachari masala, turmeric powder, coriander powder and mix and cook till tomatoes are mushy.
Add Cauliflower, corn and chickpeas and add little water so it doesn't stick at the bottom.
don't pour too much water , you need al dente cauliflower not mushy.
Finally add slit chili and salt and cook for a minute
Take it off the heat and add lime juice and coriander leaves and serve hot with roti or rice.

Thats how we eat our dinner when ever we have Indian food inhouse

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  1. Tempting aachari cauliflower ....... Love it absolutely!!

  2. wonderful recipe....healthy and tasty dinner set :-)

  3. Nice blend of all the ingredients!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing with Extra Veg. And introducing me to your lovely blog. The achari masla must make this cauliflower dish tangy, sounds lovely.

    1. Thank you Shaheen, You will see me more, you too have a wonderful blog.

  5. Looks mazedar!!! I can taste the zing.

  6. You are right Linsey we both are in picking moods but your looks more

    1. Oh thanks Bhawna, we both have special Delicious dish today.

  7. Lovely masala recipe Linsy, I will try them.

    1. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

    2. Sure Swathi, try it , its delicious. Thanks .

  8. Love the freshly ground whole spices. Great recipe new to me. Will definately make it

    1. Thanks Megha. Sure try it , you will love the fresh spice flavor.

  9. Your dinner plate is making me drool - delicious!

  10. flavorful sabzi!! looks so tempting!!

  11. What a lot of wonderful flavours there are in this traditional dish, Linsy. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  12. Can guess how delicious this dish will be,drooling..

  13. Cant wait myself to try this dear!! your writing is amazing!!

  14. Drooling here.. Loved this flavorful sabzi..

  15. What a delightful sounding dish packed full of so much punchy and appealing flavour. Thanks so much for linking up again to Four Seasons Food.

  16. Thank you for linking up with In my Veg Box for May 2014 with the theme Cauliflower , I love using pickle as a marinade and your recipe sounds so good, must try it real soon, love the photo of your dinner plate !Cheers! Manjiri -

  17. so flavorful and wholesome.. thanks for linking it to MLLA!!


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