Monday, March 19, 2007

Recipe on Demand!

I wanted to take a break from painting our new home, setting it up...etc., etc., Hey buddies, the list is way too long ;). Actually the first phase of painting is done and the second one will begin after a while :)). I just wanted to come back to my blog. So, I am back here to share my thoughts and recipes with you all. Thank you all so much for keeping patience and visiting my blog off and on.

CHILLI GOBHI is the name of the sabzi (vegetable) that I am sharing with you today. Yes, yes, I know it sounds Chinese and believe it or not it is an Indian Chinese dish, that goes very well with Curds and Paranthas or hot buttered naan. I am posting this recipe on demand that came to me from my brother's friends in India. My brother NISHANT is working in a software company in New Delhi. He comes home (in Meerut) over the weekends and goes back on Monday mornings. He loves this a lot, so my mom makes this for him, mostly on every Monday mornings for his breakfast and for lunch. Then all of his friends in the office share their lunch with each other and that's how they came to know about it. All of them enjoy this sabzi a lot and they always ask Nishant for the recipe. Nishant asked me to post it on my blog so that they can show it to their moms, wives and girlfriends ;) . My mom learned this recipe from her brother's wife (my MAMI) and ofcourse I learned it from my mom. So, lets get cooking this on demand dish...

Serves 4-6


Cauliflower (1)
Green Bell Pepper (2, Sliced)
Onions (3, Sliced)
Tomato Ketchup (1/2 Cup)
White Vinegar (1.5 Tbsp)
Crushed Black Pepper (to Taste)
Salt (to Taste)
Oil (for frying)


  1. Heat oil in a pan and deep frying the cauliflower florets until golden brown (as shown above). Set aside.
  2. In another pan or wok heat 2 tbsp of oil and fry onions and bell-peppers together until slightly tender but crunchy.
  3. Now add cauliflower florets, salt and crushed black pepper. Mix well.
  4. Add tomato Ketchup and white vinegar, mix well and fry for 2 more minutes.
  5. Serve immediately with Paranthas or Naan.

Tip: Use different colored bell-peppers to make it more colorful and a pretty presentation. You can deep fry Cauliflower florets rolled in cornflour batter. It will make them crispy. For cornflour batter, mix 2 Tbsp of Cornflour with 5 Tbsp of water but no salt. It will be watery, but thats how it should be.


swapna said...

Hi nidhi
Glad that u cam back to the blog..he he..the dish is very interesting and looks so easy..will try this sometime..

trupti said...

hi nidhi, so nice to see you blogging...I hope you're having loads of fun setting up the new house...I love doing that!

Recipe for Chili Gobi is nice....I love dry gobi recipes.


Mythreyee said...

Oooh! so wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I hope it taste as good as it looks. I will try it this weekend.

Asha said...

Indian Chinese is hilarious,I have seen so many of them lately!:D
Looks beautiful and simple recipe.Your brother got good taste!Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy painting the house.We painted the whole house about 2 yrs ago ourselves with pretty colors and enjoyed it fully.

Sandeepa said...

Nidhi colourful gobi...colours everywhere :) Are you guys painting the house by yourself ?

archana said...

This recipe looks nice and simple. I will try it as a side dish for a dinner party. I had tried your capsicum rings. They were very tasty :)Thanks for sharing such lovely recipes :)

Coffee said...

You must be having a good time setting up the new house!!!!!!!

Chili gobi looks fab!!!!!

Jyothsna said...

Ah, perfect recipe I luv it!

maya said...


I have had this sabzi of yours and it is yummy for sure, but I wonder if you have tried to make it without deep frying the gobi? Will it work if I oven roast the gobi? ( I knwo I can try it myself, but you knwo that I am too busy(lazy ;)) for that!

maya (

Anonymous said...

Hey Nidhi,

Lovely recipe!!!I love anything with gobi...I shal try this one soon...Hope ur having loads of fun setting up ur house...

Anu :)

Lakshmik said...

Hi Nidhi

Yummy recipe. I will try by oven roasting the cauliflower. Thanks.

Ritu said...

hi nidhi this is the first time i came to this site .. i hope this recipe will be good...i will try this...can u pls send me manchurian's recipe i tried it earlier also but tht was hopeless ha ha ha ...thanks

Richa said...

this looks so tempting, nidhi! will try it for sure.
BTW i saw you on emeril, even though we don't know each other it was so nice watching a fellow desi on the show! you were really so good on it, always smiling and your passion for cooking shined thru.

look forward to more recipes from you.

Anonymous said...

The recipe looks great, but just wanted to confirm that there is no chili paste or green chilis used in this recipe, since the name is chilli gobi?

Hyderabadi's said...

Nice recpie...

Anonymous said...

Nidhi, when you say 1 cauliflower, how many cups are you talking about?


Mandira said...

The gobi looks great Nidhi, thanks for sharing the recipe. Good luck with setting up the house and painting.

Vcuisine said...

Nice to see you back Nidhi. Chili gopi is very nice. Take care. Viji

Sandeepa said...

hey nidhi..settled ?

Sharmi said...

Hi Nidhi, first time in your blog but found so many interesting recipes and lovely cakes. I loved the simple cauliflower dish.
will come back for more


Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

hey Nidhi,
This looks great.But i avoid deep frying so will try this by baking.Thanks for sharing

Vini K said...

Hi Nidhi,how's life?Hope you are doing fine and settled down into your new home.Chilli gobi looks great.will book mark this one .

Bhawna said...

hey nidhi,
coming to ur blog since long but today got to know that even ur from meerut. I'm also from meerut & living here in NJ from last three years.
Its really nice to see someone of ur own hometown & creative person like u is a matter of proud.
Keep it up

Anonymous said...

This is a little story i would like to share with you. I read this just today and thought, hey what a great idea since my mom is vegetarian. Here is the catch... I didn't read the part that said it was supposed to be deep fried....

Yes I didn't deep fry it. And since i hate pepper, I replaced it with canned mushroom mixed with a little soy sauce and sesame oil.

40 mins after wondering why the cauliflower isn't soft yet, randomly adding water so the dish doesn't burn, my mom later tells me my brother couldn't get enough of it and that she loves it. She now wants me to cook more.... I have a talent at failing.

Nisa Homey said...

Hi Nidhi (my daughter also shares ur name) I am first time here and the chilly gobi looks really tempting. My daughter is a diehard gobi fan so i am going to make it as a surprise for her.