Sunday, February 24, 2008
Purple is my favorite color. So while my recipes for roasted purple cauliflower with bacon and balsamic vinegar and gratin with purple cauliflower, fennel, and leeks were good, they didn't really strike at the "fun food" part of my soul. And after months and months of seeing Marvin of Burnt Lumpia make purple ube pancakes, purple ube ice cream swirled with blueberry sauce, purple ube gnocchi, and most recently, purple ube cupcakes with macapuno frosting, well, I was positively purple with envy. So while my purple cauliflower was lovely, it wasn't enough to stand alone. I had to pair it with another purple -- Okinawan purple sweet potatoes. The outside conceals such a lovely purple color doesn't it? Here they are -- purple cauliflower and purple sweet potato. The purple cauliflower has disputed origins from either South Africa or Italy. The Okinawan purple yam is obviously from Japan. However will the two vegetables get together? Perhaps India would be a good halfway meeting point? Ahem. *Clears throat* With much apologies to Lionel Richie and totally ripping off a scene from Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes. "Aloo! Is it me you're looking for? I can see it in your eyes I can see it in your smile..." What greater recipe to celebrate the love between purple cauliflower and purple sweet potato than Indian aloo (potato) gobi (cauliflower). I told you their love affair wouldn't be a pretty sight. Purple Aloo Gobi (Indian Potatoes and Cauliflower) Adapted from Bend It Like Beckham via Chuck Darwin For a 2-quart pot, you'll need: About 1 lb cauliflower, cut into florets 2 Okinawan purple sweet potatoes, or blue potatoes, or ordinary potatoes if you must, chunked 1 small onion, diced 1 tomato, diced 1 small knob, about 1-inch, ginger, minced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp garam masala 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground turmeric 1/2 tsp coriander seeds 1/2 tsp salt A few sprigs of cilantro/coriander, chopped Cut cauliflower, potatoes, onion, and tomato into large chunks. Set aside. In a saucepan on high heat, add a few drizzles of oil and add 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp garam masala, and 1/2 tsp coriander seeds. Add onion, garlic, and ginger and saute until fragrant and onion is softened. Add cauliflower, potatoes, and tomato, and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix thoroughly and turn heat down to medium-low to simmer for about 20 minutes. Test to see if the aloo gobi is soft enough to your liking. Adjust spices or salt if necessary. Add chopped cilantro for topping. Serve with rice or naan (Indian leavened flatbread). (And yes, I made my own naan too.) Enjoy! My other purple cauliflower recipes: Roasted purple cauliflower with bacon and balsamic vinegar Gratin with purple cauliflower, fennel, and leeks My other Indian recipes: Murgh Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken) ***** 1 year ago today, I ruminated on whether Chinese restaurants were intimidating while eating dim sum at Dragon Phoenix Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant (Long Phung Lau) in Westminster.