Cauliflower and Potato Masala

My sister made this when she was visiting for the holidays. It’s adapted from a Burmese cookbook called hsa*ba┬áby Tin Cho Chaw. The original recipe calls for chicken, but my sister substituted cauliflower and potatoes to create a vegan version that turned out quite well.

Ingredients

3 onions
9 cloves of garlic
6 dried whole chilies, soaked in water
1/3 – 1/2 cup peanut oil
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
3/4 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp ground tumeric
3 tsp salt
1 head of cauliflower – chopped
Approximately 2 pounds of golden potatoes – chopped
1 1/2 cups of water

Directions

  • Roughly chop the onion. Put the onion, garlic, and chilies in a food processor and blend until it becomes a rough paste. If you don’t have a food processor, you can chop everything very finely.
  • Heat the oil in a sauce pan and cook the onion paste over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes until it starts to caramelize. Stir it occasionally.
  • Once the onion paste is caramelized, add the spices and stir the mixture until the spices are fragrant. Add the cauliflower, potatoes, and water, and bring it to a boil.
  • Cover with a lid and let it simmer for 45-60 minutes. Check occasionally to stir or add more water if needed. Taste and add more salt if needed.

Holiday Recipe Ideas – Mashed Cauliflower

Everybody loves mashed potatoes, but why not try mixing it up every now and then? How about mashed cauliflower? I’ve been on a cauliflower kick recently. I’m not sure why, but I’m liking the recipes that are coming of it! This would make a perfect side dish for almost any holiday meal.

 

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower
2-3 shallots
2 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp vegan butter
1/4 – 1/3 cup of bread crumbs
salt
pepper
garlic powder

Directions

  • Cut or break up the cauliflower into small – medium pieces. Steam the cauliflower until tender and mash-able.
  • Thinly slice the shallots and mince or press the garlic. Saute them in a little bit of olive oil.
  • Drain the water from the pot and put the cauliflower in the pot. Add the vegan butter and let it melt. Mash the cauliflower with a fork. I like to leave it a little bit chunky.
  • Stir in the breadcrumbs, shallots, and garlic. Add the salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.