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August 4, 2008

I know, what a rarity! I hope you all know that I hardly eat any of the treats I post on here, I mainly pawn them off on others. Heh.

The following recipe, with the catchy name of Cauliflower & Potatoes Cooked With Fenugreek & Fennel Seeds, is from Madhur Jaffrey’s World of the East Vegetarian Cooking, that I bought awhile back. I’m stuffed, so that means it was good! The cauliflower was lavender-colored & came from Ethan’s dad. So cool. I served it over a bed of whole wheat couscous, which was prepared with veggie stock & extra virgin olive oil. The couscous added a nice nuttiness to the dish, but rice would also be good. Madhur Jaffrey said that it is traditionally wrapped in parathas, or taken in tins to work or school.

Cauliflower & Potatoes Cooked With Fenugreek & Fennel Seeds

  • 2 pounds cauliflower, chopped into 1/2-inch florets
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled & chopped into 1/2-inch chunks (soak for 1/2 hour in cold water, then dried)
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 to 2 whole dried hot red chili peppers
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt (more to taste, if needed)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

Heat oil in a huge 12-14-inch skillet over high heat. When it smokes, add the fenugreek, fennel, cumin seeds, & red peppers. Stir, then quickly add the veggies. Stir & turn the heat down to medium. Add the turmeric, coriander, salt & pepper, then saute the veggies for 8-10 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water, cover, turn the heat to low, & steam for 7-10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Sprinkle the garam masala over it, stir & serve.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2008 7:21 pm

    This looks amazing! I need to find out what fenugreek seeds are. I had a Nepalese dish this weekend that I want to re-create that calls for them.

  2. August 5, 2008 5:55 am

    Excellent! I am going to put this on my list of things to make for dinner! I was just thinking last night that I am tired of eating sandwiches every night. It’s just that they are are quick and easy!

  3. August 5, 2008 12:20 pm

    this looks so pretty and tasty, too! i’ve gotta get my hands on some fenugreek soon and make this dish! thanks so much for the rock’n recipe! 😀

  4. August 5, 2008 1:03 pm

    That’s a really good cookbook. That cauliflower looks so inviting!

  5. August 5, 2008 4:16 pm

    Oh, this sounds wonderful. I’ve never seen this cookbook, but it must not be too bad to have this sort of dish!

  6. August 6, 2008 1:56 pm

    Lisa—I got mine at an herb store. They look like golden, crinkly blobs. What a great description! :oP

    VeganFabulous—Yay! I eat too many sandwiches myself. It’s good to mix it up every so often.

    jessy—You’re welcome!

    Vaishali—I’m really loving it so far. There is such a wide range of recipes in it!

    BitterSweet—It’s pretty awesome. Not totally vegan, but everything is easily veganizeable so far.

  7. August 9, 2008 5:47 am

    I have been trying to find fenugreek forever, I need to step it up and locate it so I can make this!

  8. August 10, 2008 10:43 am

    Rural Vegan—I’m thinking I might have to do an online order for some spices. Even though I can get fenugreek here, there are many that I’ve been unable to find, & it’s limiting my cooking. Good luck on your quest!

  9. August 11, 2008 1:34 pm

    This looks perfect. I’m compiling a list of dishes that would work well as lunches– something that could be prepared on Sunday night and taken over several days. I’d imagine this being perfect– its flavors intensifying with time.
    Also, thank you for stopping by my blog. You have some very interesting things here that I look forward to exploring.

  10. August 16, 2008 6:32 pm

    cookinpanda—Of course! Your blog is great! I believe this would be a great lunch dish. It could also be made with a lot less oil as well. Next time I will use half as much (at least).

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