one night and due to several rounds of the "Cabbage Soup Diet" in the 80s I can't stand cabbage in soup (especially the smell!!).
Indian cooking lessson, I decided to find an authentic Indian recipe. My search led me to this blog and then I added my spin to it. I had freshly dug potatoes, so that was one ingredient down. There were also spring onions and cilantro in my box so I made a quick herb raita to accompany the dish. Not being a fan of carb upon carb, we didn't do rice, but you certainly could to stretch this recipe. The blogger from whom I borrowed the recipe also adds frozen peas (which I would have totally done if I'd had them.) And with pea season approaching, the fresh version would be even better.
Seasonal Veggies - cabbage, onions, potatoes, cilantro, spring onions
The List Items - butter, bay leaves, yogurt, salt, garlic, coconut
Aloo Patta Gobhi
1/2 head cabbage, thinly sliced to make 3 cups
1 1/2 lbs fingerling potatoes (any young potato will work, just not russets)
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsps butter (coconut or olive oil are fine, too.)
2 tsps cumin seeds (or 1 tsp ground cumin)
2 tsps brown mustard seeds (these mainly provide crunch, use a little mustard powder for the faint flavor if you want)
2 bay leaves
1 tsp turmeric (if you have curry powder and not turmeric, use it here.)
1/4 cup unsweetened and toasted coconut
sea salt and lemon juice to taste
Herb Raita, recipes follows
Heat the butter in a skillet until melted and bubbly. Add the seeds and cook until they pop them add the onion. Cook until it turns golden then add the fingerlings, bay leaves, turmeric and a teaspoon of salt.
Serve with the Herb Raita.
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup each chopped cilantro and green onion
1 clove garlic, minced finely
juice of 1 lemon
salt to taste
Mix the yogurt, herbs, garlic and half of the lemon juice. Add 1 teaspoon of salt then taste. Add more lemon and salt to make it taste good for you.
Copyright 2011 Christi Flaherty, Cook What You've Got