Hope you are all well my friends! I know this whole Lock Down situation is not easy for any of us. A few days ago I did say I was enjoying this life as a recluse but today I am not so sure. Today whilst cooking this Cauliflower and Pea Curry I couldn’t help but think of my girlfriends. Often when I am cooking a friend would pop by and I would always give them a taste of whatever I cook or bake. I miss seeing my friends and our coffee dates and sharing my food with them. Some days are better than others I guess. But I do know this too shall pass.
One thing is for sure I am one that lives by Hope. I know things will get better and Hope and Faith is what is going to get us through. If you’ve ever experienced any sort of hardship in your life you would know that it’s only Hope that gets you through it. Trust me I live by Hope everyday and I have been through many tough times to know that there is always a light at the end of every dark tunnel. So I just want you to know that it does get better, life may never be the same but we will get through this.
Today is meat-free Monday and I cooked this amazing Cauliflower and Pea Curry. It was absolutely delicious. I haven’t cooked it in a while. A few days ago my sister asked me for a recipe and I sent her one that I thought was close enough. Today I improved it a little and I think it’s perfect. If Mr Fussy (my dear husband) enjoyed it then you must know it’s good. He usually skips lunch but today he took a look at the curry, which was meant for supper, and said he thinks he will have some for lunch. And he got to eat rotis fresh off the pan. I think he’s quite enjoying this life at home. Me on the other hand, I seriously need a break from cooking. Now I miss my mum, if she was here I know she would do all my cooking.
There’s not much happening with this Cauliflower and Pea Curry so I am not going to bore you with too much instructions. All I can say is you need a wide bottomed pot as you don’t want mushy cauliflower. You would also need to keep a close eye on it as you just want it cooked until slightly tender. The peas can be added in the last 5 minutes or less of cooking time.
Here in SA we don’t use too much spice in our veggie curries, unlike the authentic Indian dishes from India. I always remember my mom’s veg curries being mildly spiced. My mom-in-law also cooks in a very similar way and they are both great cooks. So here goes my recipe for Cauliflower and Pea Curry. Some Fried Potato in the side makes a great accompaniment. Enjoy!
Cauliflower and Pea Curry
- 500 gram cauliflower or 1 small cauliflower, cut into small florets
- 3&1/2 tbsp light olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 sprig curry leaf
- 3 small green chillies or less
- 1/4 tsp ginger/garlic paste
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp masala
- 1 small roma tomato skin removed and grated
- 1/2 cup peas
- Heat oil in a flat pot. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Once is starts to splutter add the onion, curry leaf and chilli. Saute until the onion is golden brown
- Add the ginger/garlic paste and fry for a minute
- Add the turmeric and masala and fry for a further minute. Add a few drops of water if required
- Mix in the cauliflower and saute for 2 minutes. Be careful not to let it burn. Add the tomato. Season with salt. Cook on low-medium heat until cauliflower is just about cooked. About 12 minutes
- Add the peas and cook with the lid off for about 3-4 minutes. Serve hot with rice or roti
- This is sort of a stir-fried curry so I usually turn up the heat in the last minute and allow the cauliflower to brown a little. However, if you prefer a little more liquid you can add some water in between cooking time and let it thicken a little
- Do not mix the curry too much as the cauliflower will become a mess
- If you prefer a milder curry you can omit the chillies