Thursday, October 4, 2007

Gobi Aloo aur Soya beans ki Sukhi Subzi (Cauliflower Potato and Soya beans Stir Fry)

If it were up to the convincing powers of the media moguls, I would be eating some form of soya for my breakfast, lunch & dinner!
I mean seriously, how many times have we seen the advertisements where the actors get such an instant boost of energy after taking certain products that it would fail to fool even a child ;)
I'm a sceptic when it comes to tall claims declaring the unhitherto proven advantages of certain products. I feel, the climatic conditions of the region where you live, your gene build up/body type etc have a lot to do with why certain food items suit one, more than others! Definitely does not make sense to me to jump on to the bandwagon for no rhyme or reason ;) Time to brace yourself, here comes the dreaded 'M' word, yup Moderation is the key IMO ;)
That being said, I do use soya once in a while in my kitchen :) Just that I'm not besotted with it, I like a wider variety in food ;)
My friend 'L' is one of the most enthusiastic foodies I know! The way she explains her recipes, the way her eyes light up even while describing the most basic of recipes in her sweet accent is so very charming. I end up making almost all the recipes she describes, this being one of them! Thanks 'L'.
I tried it and it has been a favorite ever since, so unique but very simple to make, just needs a little planning, that's all!
Gobi Aloo Aur Soyabeans ki Subzi (Cauliflower, Potato & Soyabeans Stir fry)
1 Gobi cut into florets (I soak florets in salted hot water to get rid of minute insects, @ 10 mins)
1 Potato cubed
1/2 cup Soyabeans soaked overnight, minimum 5 hrs (see pic)
1 tsp ginger paste
1/2 tsp green chili paste (adjust as per taste)
1.5 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp chili powder (adjust as per taste)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1.5 tbsp oil
2 bay leaves
chopped coriander leaves for garnish
Drain the water from the soaked beans, add fresh water, salt and cook till done but holds shape.

The Before and After pictures of Soya Beans (left before soaking, right after soaking overnight)
These beans taste quite buttery and the seasonings compliment them well.
I pressure cook them for just one whistle, adjust as per your cooker timings.

Mix all the masala powders along with ginger & chili paste with some water to a paste.
Heat oil.
Add bay leaves and fry a few seconds. Add the masala paste and saute till oil separates, takes about a minute.
Add gobi florets and potato, stir well to mix.
Cover and cook for 5 minutes on medium flame. If it starts sticking to the pan, add 1-2 tbsp water.
Add cooked drained beans, cover and cook further till done, about 5-8 minutes. Leave some crunch in, do not let it get soggy.
Gobi Aloo aur Soyabean subzi is ready.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with roti/chapati and some dal or bowl of curds. You can squeeze some lime juice if you like it a bit sour.
Enjoy this lovely subzi for a change in the routine :)

I assure you, once you taste this subzi you would love to make it often, just like me ;)
My entry to WBB-Soy, hosted by Rajitha.


sra said...

I try and remember to add some ajwain to soya as it can leave you feeling bloated. I agree with you about leaving cauliflower crunchy - I do the same thing with cabbage too.
Your post reminded me about the book Eat Right For Your Type - (blood type) you'll discover you can't eat most of the things you're eating now! But there are those who swear it works.

Raaga said...

we call soyabean tinglavro :-) and I have a packet at home now... with cauliflower making a comeback with the winter, I shall try this :-)

Bhawna said...

I never tried soya at home. This can be a good start. Thanks for giving soya pictures.

Happy cook said...

They do look delicious.
I have never made soya
Sra i have that book called blood group diet book and it is true whay u r saying about it

Richa said...

thanks sra! that is a good tip about ajwain, will remember to do it next time, anyway i love ajwain :) will try to get my hands on the book, i like to read 'em all, taking just a few tips from them ;)

thanks raaga! hmm tinglavro, good to know! do try it, it's yum!

thanks bhawna! yup, i thot giving the soya pics will definitely help.

thanks HC! you can get a small quantity of soya & try it out, subzi tastes so good, is quick to make & most other ingredients are pantry essentials anyway :)

Rina said...

Hey thanks for this exciting veg recipe. Will surely try it.


Delicious looking recipe!!Healthy too..!!I have made soya before ...but these combinations will come out good....!!Thanx for the recipe!

Laavanya said...

I've not tried cooking with the dried soy beans. Will buy them next time. I love this subzi of yours..esp. because there's no grinding or coconut :) I totally agree with Moderation being the key.

Sig said...

Great job on the subzi Richa, it looks very crunchi, my cauilflower florets tend to look very sad after cooking :)

musical said...

Soya in any form is welcome: beans, edamame, chunks, anything! :). and who can say no to Gobhi :). This one is a winner combo and looks delish, Richa! I add ajwain or shah-zeera too anytime i cook heavy beans.

Priya Dilip said...

I have never tried soy beans at home though there have been thoughts about buying them... someday i should... And yes, moderation is the key.. sure world is getting there soon.. :)
simple dishes always rock and im book marking this..

TheCooker said...

My kind of a bhaaji! I agree with the cruncy part.

Richa said...

thanks rina! do let me know if u try it!

thanks raks kitchen! yup it is a good combo, do try!

thanks laavanya! yup, u can get a small pkt & give this a try. no grinding & none of the usual masala, diff but tasty :)

Roopa(KitchenAromas) said...

Neat and healthy! I suppose I could use edamame in this?

I have a peachy post on my blog for ya :)

Richa said...

thanks sig! i know what u mean @ overcooking the gobi. here r a few pointers which hv worked for me.
I use a very good quality non-stick pan with a broad base, deep pans don't work well. I use this pan only for dry subzi, it is a fairly large size so that veg does not crumble in cooking. The lid should fit well so the cover n cook part does it's job. let me know how it works for ya! wonder how our mom's managed w/o non-stick ??

Richa said...

thanks musical! am so glad u liked this combo, do try! so true who can say no to gobi :) love ajwain, somehow never used it w soya, will try!

thanks priya dilip! glad u agree on the moderation part! do try & lemme' know how u liked the combo!

thanks tc! yup, crunchy is better :)

thanks roopa! i guess edamame shud work as well, just blanch in salted water to get the salt in! let me know if u do try :)
now over to urs....

Kribha said...

Ah...another nice and healthy recipe. I've got only fresh butter beans for now. Will have to shop for soya beans and try this. Nice combo of soya, gobi and aloo. A must try dish.

Neelam said...

This is a new combination for me...will surely try..looks very healthy!

TBC said...

I make aloo-gobi all the time but have never used soy beans with it. Actually, I have never used soy beans in this form at all.
This is a very nice combination.

Tee said...

I am always looking for variety...if you ask my hubby he will be glad to tell you that I have too many 'nakhras' when it comes to cooking ;)
I love this recipe...never tried soya beans before, looks like a perfect ingredient in this recipe.

Cynthia said...

Love the textures and flavours you have in this dish.

Richa said...

thanks kribha! glad u liked it. let me know if u try it, it is diff from our usual recipes, so thot of sharing it with you :)

thanks neelam! it's pretty quick to make, do try.

thanks tbc!
i too had never tried it before my friend told me @ it, am glad i did :) do season it well, don't skimp on the spices :)

thanks tee, glad u loved the recipe! it is so delicious! i know what u mean @ variety, tuzhya blog madhye mahnun 'ch mala chan vatatey, karan veglya recipes astat :) jaroor try kar ani sang mala, nakki avdel tula ;) masaley vadhvu shaktes!

thanks cynthia, howz it going?
glad u liked the dish, it's a good combo :)

Padma said...

Such a nice and healthy combination Richa...soya beans wah bhai wah!

remya said...

i'm not successful in making califlour dishes so far...when ever i turnsout as someother thing...cauliflour n soyabean nice combo....will try ur healthy subzi nexttime....

Linda said...

Hi Richa, I would never have known one could use soybeans like any other beans in a dish like this! I will definitely be trying. Looks so colorful too in the pretty pics :)

Pravs said...

looks so good. Have not tried soya beans so far. Very nice pics.

Pooja V said...

Very nutritious, healthy n neat recipe. Just loved it.

KayKat said...

Love that you've added soybeans to it. Really neat twist to the traditional aloo + gobi!

Roopa said...

adding soyabean is great will try this :) i do add other bean to gobi but not tried the soya !Thanks dear!

Kalva said...

Nice touch woth soya beans!

Richa said...

thanks padma! do try!

thanks remya, glad u liked it.

thanks linda! i liked it the first time i tried it & hv been making it since, glad u found it to be unique!

thanks pravs.

thanks pooja for ur kind words!

thanks kaykat! glad u liked the unique combo!

thanks roopa, do let me know i fu try!

thanks kalva!

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Richa....Nice one dear......Very healthy too with that Soya added....Nice color :-))

Kumudha said...

This is new to me. Looks delicious.
The picture of thali on the first page is superb!

Sharmi said...

very nice combiantions. I had aloo gobi the other day at a friend's place and was begging her for the recipe. I realized not every one can make a perfect aloo gobi. I would love to make it your way.

Dhivya Karthik said...

Sounds v interesting combo....bookmarked:)


these days i am looking for ways to incorporate some soyabean into our diet thanks to u i have one more recipe to try ....bookmarked this one :-)

Sandeepa said...

I love Gobi-Aloo with peas so this definitely will be loved. But I have edamame, the gren soy beans, shall try with that

Richa said...

thanks sisisha!

thanks sharmi! glad u liked it, lemme know if u try.

thanks dhivya!

thanks spice of life!

thanks sandeepa! i guess u can exp with it & lemme know.

PASSIONATE BAKER....and beyond. said...

Hi Sra, ..first time on yr blog, and loving it.I strongly feel that EAT RIGHT is the mantra of the day...home cooked makes it best! Love the idea of soya in the gobhi.They do say its VERY've inspired me to try it out. Ajwain is a good idea; always works. I find julienned ginger goes great with gobhi too, in addition to having digestive properties. Thanks for a new take on gobhi!!

Mansi Desai said...

wow Richa, shaak mast dekhaay chhe yaar!:) I love your inviting!!

Pls take part in AFAM-Peach event, even if u have to use canned peaches!! I'd be glad to have your entry:)I'm sure u'll think of something....

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

have tried cauli-potato subji, but have not thought of addin in soya to it....

Richa said...

thanks passionate baker!
glad u liked the combo. absolutely, home cooked food is THE best, ALWAYS :)
btw, the name is Richa :)

thanks mansi! sure will do, as u can see from my blog it is a fav fruit :)

thanks kitchen scientist!

Kribha said...

one quick question. Can I replace soyabeans with butterbeans? I wanted to shop for soya but couldn't go this weekend. All I got is butterbeans. Still, I wanted to try out this recipe. Will wait for your reply. Thanks.

Richa said...

hi kribha, i think it might work with butter beans, though i myself hv not tried it. do boil them in salted water to add flavor before adding. and also increase some chili pwd, i know u like it hot ;)
do let me know how it turns out!

Kribha said...

Thanks Richa. I did try it and it came out great. My hubby loved the combo of veggies. I made a bit of variation by adding some coconut milk and tomato to get a gravy. We enjoyed it a lot. will let you know when I post this in my blog.

Richa said...

hey kribha, i'm so happy that u enjoyed this recipe! thanks sweetie & look forward to seeing ur post soon :)

Rachna said...

hey ive never cooked with soy beans...only soy chunks and mince....will give it a go...

SeeC said...

Nice combo richa. Have only tried aloo and peas...will try this next i prepare the dish.

Rajitha said...

thnks girl!!

Ramki said...

Hi Richa,
Have blogged your Cauliflower Sabji as a model recipe in the One page Cookbook at

/Thanks for the recipe