Gobi Mussallam

Gobi mussallam is actually an entire head of cauliflower or gobi cooked in a tomato and cream based gravy. I searched the internet for this recipe but nothing looked similar to the one I eat at a restaurant near my house. So I decided to use the ingredients mentioned and just make it with instinct. Well, that worked, and I got a yummy gobi mussallam. I did not use an entire head of cauliflower as I was looking at making a smaller quantity, so I just cut it into florets and used.

Gobi mussallam
Steam and fry the gobi

Fry onion, ginger, garlic paste along with the whole spices

Add tomato and all the powder spices and cook for 15 mins

Add milk and cook until desired consistency is reached

Cauliflower cooked in a creamy tomato gravy
Serve hot with roti or rice

Gobi Mussallam

Cauliflower cooked in a tomato and cream based gravyHead of cauliflower cooked in a tomato and cream based gravy. Vegetarian cauliflower curry.
Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            North Indian
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2-3


1/2 large or 1 small Cauliflower
3 Tomatoes
3 Onion
4 cloves Garlic
1" piece of Ginger
1/4 cup Cashew nuts (Optional)
4 tsp Coriander powder / Dhania powder
1-2 tsp Cumin powder / Jeera powder
1 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder / Haldi
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1 Bay leaf /Tej patta
1-2 Clove / Lawang
1 Star anise
4-5 Peppercorns
1 small piece Cinnamon / Dalchini(about 1.5")
1 Cardamom / Elaichi
1 cup Milk
5-6 tsp Oil
4-5 Almonds (Optional)
A handful of Coriander leaves


Soak cashew nuts in warm water. If you don't have cashew nuts you can skip this.
Break cauliflower into large florets.
Soak cauliflower in hot water with 1 tsp of salt added to it for around 2 mins.
Steam or boil the cauliflower until almost done. It should not be completely cooked and it should still be crunchy. I steamed it for around 3-4 mins.
Remove the cauliflower and pat them dry using a kitchen towel
Heat 3 tsp of oil in a kadhai and fry the cauliflower until they slightly brown
Remove the cauliflower form heat and keep aside
Puree the onion, ginger and garlic in the mixer
Puree the soaked cashew nuts using a little water
Puree the tomatoes
Heat the remaining oil in a kadhai and add the onion paste
Add the bay leaf, clove, star anise, peppercorns, cinnamon and cardamom and fry until the onion turns slightly brown. Add more oil or a little water if the paste starts sticking to the bottom of the kadhai
Add tomato and cashew nut puree
Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder and garam masala and cook on low flame for 10-15 mins. Keep stirring to avoid the paste from burning or sticking to the bottom of the kadhai. I cooked for almost 15 mins.
Add the milk and salt and continue cooking on low flame until the gravy obtains the consistency needed. I cooked it for around 5-10 mins more.
Add the cauliflower and cook for 2 mins
Garnish with chopped almonds and finely chopped coriander leaves
Serve hot with roti or rice

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