Gobi Tamatar ki Subzi (Cauliflower cooked in Tomatoes)

Gobi Tamatar Subzi

As you know, Gobi is my third favorite Indian subzi.  There are so many different variations in making this dish.  My mom needed some help while my sister was visiting from California (I come from a BIG family, luckily :-). Anyway, my mom hired this Punjabi Aunty who made some kickass subzis. I requested her to make this subzi countless times! What to expect? The cauliflower softens and combines with the sweetness of the onions and tomatoes... the green chillies add so much flavor and some heat to this dish... the coriander leaves add freshness and almost reduce some of the spice in this dish. This version of Gobi is OUTSTANDING! 

My husband was so annoyed I only made 1 cauliflower head, we both finished it the same night.  Also, I opted to make this dish without ginger, you can add 1/2-1 inch piece of ginger if you'd like... ginger will add more heat.  Try this!

NUTRITION: Cauliflower is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Fiber.  It is a very good source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Folic Acid. 

  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Green Chillies - 4 (sliced)
  • Garlic - 3 cloves (grated)
  • Red Onions - 2 (chopped)
  • Plum Tomatoes - 2 (chopped)
  • Cauliflower head - 1 (cut into small florets)
  • Cumin Seeds - 1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
  • MDH Garam Masala - 1 tsp
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves - 1 handful (chopped)

1. Chop garlic and onions.  Slice the green chillies.

2. Heat a pot on medium heat, add oil, add jeera seeds, and turmeric powder.  Saute for 30 seconds until jeera seeds splatter.

3. Add green chillies.

4. Add onions and garlic.  Add salt after 3 minutes.
5. In the meantime, chop the tomatoes.

6. Saute onions until golden, this will take about 5 minutes.

7. Add tomatoes, coriander powder and chili powder.

8. Cover and simmer on low (dial #3) for 10-15 minutes, or until the tomatoes and onions form a paste like consistency.

9. This is what you should have.
10. Add cauliflower and mix.

11. Cover and simmer for 25-35 minutes, or until cauliflower is very soft.

12. This is what you should have.

13. Add garam masala and cook for another few minutes.

14. Remove from heat, add chopped coriander.  Mix.

15. Serve with Roti or Naan.  Please leave your feedback!


  1. this was yummy! great instructions and ingredients!


  2. What are jeera seeds and how much do you add?


  3. @Marilynn - Jeera seeds are cumin seeds. You need 1 1/2 tsp.

  4. Do you have to use red onions or can I use sweet yellow onion?

  5. @Anonymous - you can use a yellow onion too, that's fine.


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