Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cauliflower Potato Peas Dry curry (Poriyal)...and a tip

Poriyal is a south Indian term for a simple stir-fry like dry curry made with most types of vegetables. This one made with cauliflower, potatoes and peas is a simple and perfect side dish for any south Indian meal or even tastes great when served with Chappatti/ Roti (Indian flat bread) too.

Before moving on to the recipe here is a tip I got from my mother in law. You know how sometimes just washing cauliflowers under water is not enough, and we find that there is some insect hidden among the florets. To remove these insects, you can break cauliflower into florets and keep aside. Heat sufficient water to a near boil, add salt and a pinch of turmeric powder to it and submerge the florets in this water for a few minutes. I usually keep it for about five minutes, drain thoroughly and proceed with using it in cooking. This is supposed to help to remove the insects (if any) from the cauliflower florets.

Cauliflower curry 2

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Ingredients and method to make Cauliflower Potato Peas Poriyal

1 head of cauliflower broken into florets
3 large potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes
1 cup of green peas frozen or fresh ( I used frozen)

1/4 tsp turmeric powder
salt according to taste
(a little extra salt and turmeric powder for soaking the cauliflower)

1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp split black gram lentil (udad dhal)
4 Thai or Indian green chillies cut very fine (or according to taste)
1 dry red chilli cut into two

Heat water to near boil and add salt and a pinch of turmeric powder to it.

Add cauliflower florets to the water and let sit for a few minutes ( I waited about 5 minutes)

Drain cauliflower and keep aside.

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat oil add mustard seeds,when mustard seeds begin to splutter add black gram lentil.

Keep stirring lentils for a few seconds, when the lentils begin to turn reddish, add green chillies and stir for a few seconds.

When green chillies begin to turn whitish, quickly add red chilli and turmeric powder.

Then add cauliflower florets, potatoes and green peas, salt to taste and mix everything well.

Close the pan with a lid and let the vegetables cook on a low to medium low heat.

Sprinkle a little water if required ( I did not use any as the veggies usually cook well with their own water)

Stir occassionally for even cooking.

Serve hot with rice and sambar or rasam or any type of roti

Serves approximately 3


Mythreyi Dilip said...

Hi Usha, Combo of cauliflower, potato and peas is delectable. I used to make fry out of this combo, never made a poriyal. I will try ur version. And thats a great tip to remove even a small insect dear!

Finla said...

A good tip, I have another tip which i got from my MIL, she says, you should add few tbsp of vinigear in the water you wash the cauliflower then all the insects are gone.

Renus Kitchen said...

very good recipe..I make it too....

Priya Suresh said...

I do the same for cauliflowers, my mom's tip she learned from her MIL..delicious combination, my fav curry..

Red Chillies said...

Looks good. That is a good tip, I will definitely keep that in mind the next time.

Cham said...

Simple and delicious- my mom add some salt in warm water... For the insect reason she refuses to eat gobi!

Cilantro said...

Amma gave me the same tips in washing cauliflower. Curry/poriyal looks very very delicious. Nice click.

Unknown said...

Poriyal looks delicious and perfect. love the crochet mat too!

Nithya Praveen said...

Looks good Usha.Its a perfect combo.Long time,hope u are doing fine:)

Gita Jaishankar said...

I too love this combo Usha...I usually make a spicy fry out of this...will try out your versin soon...nice tip too :)

Sumathi said...

Simple and yummy..

Priya Narasimhan said...

love the yellow color and the refkection on the steel bowl..

lata raja said...

Incidentally I have scheduled a post with Cauliflower and potato combo too for sometime this week:)
You have made this so well and presented beautifully too. Looks as though I could just pick right of the picture!

Aruna Manikandan said...

Love ur poriyal a lot.
Nice click!!!!
I usually prepare kurma with this combo.will try out poriyal soon

Preeti Kashyap said...

love the pic! i love the combo too...yum!

Devasena Hariharan said...

Your Cauliflower Curry is really different and nice

Chitra said...

Love the color..Will try for sure !

kitchen queen said...

delicious and a wonderful combo curry with a nice click.

Namitha said...

Awesome combo..Must be delectable too..Love the click and the reflection :-)

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Unknown said...

nice recipe...would work well with rotis..yumm

Jaya M said...

I have all the ingredients today and will try it out ..thanks for sharing
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Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Simple and yummy poriyal, looks delicious and nice pic too.

Sanjana said...

Really delicious recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Muraligeetham said...

hi thanks for the comments on my too have a wonderful blog..

Anupama said...

The color is so refreshing... I'm sure the curry was awesome :-)

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

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