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Spicy and tangy - this vegetable dish is one of our favorites from the cookbook, Just a Dash. It can serve as either a side or a main for a plant-forward meal. Pair with your favorite Indian bread or even throw between two slices of your favorite white or wheat loaf to make a (spicy) veggie panini! 

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Vegan; Serves 4-5 people

Prep 60 minutes 


1 1/2 tsp dried cumin seeds
2 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp salt
1 half-inch cube of fresh ginger, sliced thin
1 small cauliflower head, sliced into bite-sized florets
1/2 medium red pepper, diced
1 large all-purpose potato, peeled and cubed
1 1/2 tbsp. of canola or vegetable oil
Optional: 2-3 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Peel and cube potato. Dice red pepper. Slice cauliflower florets. Slice ginger. Chop (optional) cilantro.
  2. Put a karahi (or deep pot) on the stove on high heat. Add oil. Heat for 20-30 seconds. 
  3. Add asafetida powder and cumin seeds. Seeds should be crackling in the hot oil for approximately 30 seconds.
  4. Add ginger, turmeric powder, salt, garam masala, red chili powder, coriander powder, cauliflower, red pepper and potato to oil and stir. Cover and turn to low heat. Let cook for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes until potatoes and cauliflower are tender. 
  5. After cauliflower and potatoes are cooked, add mango powder. Stir, cover and turn off the stove. Allow to steam for another 5-10 minutes. 
  6. To serve, garnish with freshly chopped cilantro (optional).

Note: Recipe spice-level is medium. Try cutting starred spices portions in half to lessen heat; adjust up to taste. 



About Just a Dash

With 75 vegetarian and vegan recipes, Just a Dash: Recipes from Our Mother’s North Indian Kitchen delivers a comprehensive look into North Indian home-cooking with a personal touch from our mother. As a first generation Indian-American, Neeti Singhal, recounts trying to learn to cook from her mother, a brilliant home chef who never measured an ingredient in her life. With no concept of what a dash of one spice versus another could do to impact flavors, Neeti struggled to recreate the dishes of her childhood. Years later, she has painstakingly documented each measurement and brought her family's home recipes to the public. This cookbook brings structure to the flavors Neeti and her brothers grew up with, providing plenty of background information about North Indian ingredients, cooking methodologies and dish pairings. With simple instructions, beautiful pictures of each recipe, and plenty of plant-based options and alternatives, Neeti helps bring every recipe to life in your own home. Whether you're an experienced Indian chef or a novice Indian-food aficionado, Just a Dash has something for all!

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