With the temperatures diving into the 70s, the weather has turned rather autumnal around here. The leaves on the trees are still green, and there is no fall. But the sunshine seems to have acquired that mellow quality that makes autumn so incredibly beautiful. The flowers are still in bloom and we are seeing a lot of bumblebees, geese, and squirrels!! Its wonderful to enjoy the great outdoors and we have been stepping out every evening to enjoy the longer daylight hours too! That often leave me with a rather short window to rustle up a hot and fresh meal for dinner.
These days I am making a lot of flavourful sauteed vegetables. With fresh vegetables available in abundance I am able to make quick meals. The fresh vegetable cook a lot quicker than the ones we get in a supermarkets as the latter have survived cold storage. They also taste so yummy and simply melt in the mouth when cooked. Last night I made this delicious cauliflower saute. It tastes superb with chappatis and dahi (plain yogurt).
5 cups cauliflower
1 medium onion, chopped fine
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2" piece ginger, chopped very fine
Salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp rai (mustard seeds)
1/4 tsp zeera (cumin seeds)
1/4 tsp kalonji (nigella seeds)
1/4 tsp methi (fenugreek seeds)
1/2" piece cinnamon
1/8 tsp hing (asafoetida)
6 black peppercorns
1/2 tsp haldi (turmeric powder)
1/2 tsp lal mirch (red chili powder)
- Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add the mustard seeds, then the cumin seeds, cinnamon, black peppercorns, and hing. Next add the nigella seeds and the fenugreek seeds.
- Immediately add the onion, garlic, and ginger. Reduce the heat to medium and fry till the onions turn transparent.
- Now add the turmeric powder, stir, then throw in the cauliflower. Stir again to ensure that the cauliflower is well coated with the onion and spice mix.
- Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remover the cover, stir again, sprinkle the vegetable with abouta quarter cup of water and cover and cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove the lid, add salt to taste and the red chili powder. Stir and saute until all the moisture has been absorbed.
- Enjoy warm with chappatis or parathas (Indian Flatbread).
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