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Potato & cauliflower curry with parathas
main courses | serves 6-8
Simple curries like this are all over India, where theyre a mainstay of roadside snacks for travellers and workers. Adjust the chilli heat as you like, and feel free to add or substitute other vegetables, such as peas, broccoli and spinach.
1. For the paratha dough, combine the chapati flour in a large bowl with ¾ teaspoon salt and about 200ml cold water, then knead for 1012 minutes. Shape into a ball, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rest.
2. Heat most of the vegetable oil in a pan over a medium heat and sauté the onion, garlic and ginger, stirring, for 68 minutes, until softening. With a slotted spoon, remove the onion mixture to a bowl and set aside.
3. Toast the mustard and cumin seeds in a dry pan over a medium heat for 30 seconds, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until fragrant. Transfer to a large saucepan with the rest of the vegetable oil, tomatoes, curry leaves and remaining spices. Cook for a further 5 minutes over a medium heat.
4. Add the reserved onion mixture, potatoes and chillies and season generously with salt and pepper. Pour in about 600ml water, or enough to just cover the mixture. Bring to a simmer over a low heat, cover with a lid and continue to simmer for 810 minutes. Add the cauliflower and cook for another 810 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the potatoes and cauliflower are tender.
5. Meanwhile, cook the parathas. Place a flat, cast-iron, Indian-style tava over a medium-high heat. If you dont have one of these, use a frying pan or flat griddle. Divide the dough into 68 balls. Lightly flour a flat surface and roll the first ball into a 12cm circle. Lightly brush with the melted butter and place on the hot tava or pan. Cook for a few minutes on each side, or until the bread begins to blacken and blister. Repeat with the remaining dough.
6. Serve immediately with the curry and a bowl of yoghurt on the side.
Recipe Andy Harris
Photo David Loftus
from Issue 26
ingredients 3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 onions, sliced
4 garlic cloves, chopped
6cm piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds
3 tomatoes, grated
6 curry leaves
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1kg maris piper or any other floury potatoes, thickly diced
12 green chillies, deseeded and sliced
1 large cauliflower, cut into florets just larger than the potato
Greek-style yoghurt, to serve
300g chapati flour, plus extra for dusting
2 tbsp butter, melted