Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Grilled Cauliflower & Capsicum in Coconut Milk Gravy

Today's recipe is absolutely non-traditional and something that I have started making recently. The idea for this comes from a friend's recipe for potatoes. Casually chatting to her one day, I asked her what her dinner plans were, and she mentioned that she was making a coconut milk gravy for store-bought herb potatoes. Sounds delicious right? I was determined to try this recipe asap. I got all the ingredients required and as I was about to begin, when I had this brainwave to replace potatoes with cauliflower, since I had to use it anyway. While I was at it, I decided to throw in the one capsicum that had been lying in my refrigerator patiently waiting to be salvaged. The end result was a truly delicious and delicate gravy which both my hubby and me loved. The flavor of the coconut milk along with the cauliflower was very fresh and it broke the monotony of using red gravy and the same old masalas. In fear of boring you with my descriptions of this dish, let me move on to the recipe and I hope you will give this humble creation a try. :)

Ingredients: (serves 2)
1 small cauliflower
1 green capsicum
1/2 onion sliced lengthwise
1 small can coconut milk (lite)

To season the veggies:
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (adjust to your liking)
a little black pepper
salt to taste

To make paste:
A handful of cilantro leaves
1 garlic clove
2 green chillies (depending on your level of spiciness)

Method:
Chop the cauliflower into florets and the capsicum into medium sized pieces. In a bowl, mix the olive oil, the dried herbs, salt and pepper. Toss the cauliflower & capsicum in it.

Next, line a baking pan/cookie sheet with foil and spread the veggies on it. Place under the broiler until they turn golden brown and crisp.

While the veggies are getting grilled, make a paste of the cilantro leaves, garlic and green chillies. Then, take a pan and heat a little olive oil in it. Throw in the onions and fry them till they turn translucent. Add the cilantro paste to the onions and fry till the oil separates. Mix in the coconut milk and bring to a boil. Then add the grilled cauliflower and capsicum to it and let cook for a few minutes. Check for taste. Serve hot with chapati or rice.

22 comments:

Roopa said...

nice combination of herbs with indian style looks delicious :)

bee said...

this may be one way to get me to like cauliflower. thanks for the recipe.

Laavanya said...

What an interesting recipe Tee... Looks very good.

musical said...

One of the best recipes i've seen in days! Gets tried this weekend.

Taste of Mysore said...

interesting! looks good in pics.

Suganya said...

Awesome recipe Tee. Bookmarked!

Asha said...

I love grilled vegs with just spices sprinkled on top.Coconut gravy sounds wonderful!:))

Richa said...

hey, this is a new way to make gobi, looks so inviting :)
mazhya kadey coconut milk pwd ahey, hope that works well, tyachi expiry date yaychya adhi hi recipe try karnyacha vichar ahey ;)

Padma said...

New combination for me, I dont like capsicum personally....but ur seems to be creamy

Jyothi said...

Lovely gravy! new recipe but looks awesome. Will try soon. Thanks for sharing.

Sharmi said...

what a lovely way to make gravy. must be tasting delicious.

Seena said...

Nice recipe, Tee..

Madhu said...

Looks delicious, grillied cauliflower and coconut masala is very tasty too.

evolvingtastes said...

Tee, that sounds wonderfully Thai-Italian-Indian fusion; love the idea of roasting the cauliflower and bell pepper instead of just cooking it in the gravy.

Pooja V said...

Sahi hai !! herbs with indian sabji...lajawab.

TBC said...

What an interesting combo of cauli-capsi with coconut milk. Never tried that before.

remya said...

sounds delicious!!!! nice combo.....

Tee said...

Thanks people, I am glad you liked this creation. :)

Sig said...

oh that sounds so yummy! Anythong taste great with coco milk, and I love your east meet west combo of ingredients here :)

Hima said...

That curry looks so delicious, I think it will be great with hot phulkas.

SeeC said...

Thats a great idea! Bookmarking it. Would like to try it out.

Sudha said...

wow u have lovely blog with mouth watering recipes.I especially liked ut profile pic..if m not wrong its a small stove?reminded me of my childhood when we use to play cooking -cooking :)Will surely try some of ur recipes and keep u posted :)