Saturday, April 12, 2008

Cauliflower Bell Pepper Masala

Linda asked me recently, What is Chicken Masala powder exactly? I assumed this is as common as sambhar powder in most kitchens :)

Masala Powders takes many avatars Curry Masala Powder, Madras Curry Powder, Chicken Masala Powder, Meat Masala Powder etc. The powders are made from a combination of coriander seeds, cumin, turmeric, red chilies, cloves, cinnamon,cardamom,garlic, ginger, curry leaves give or take a few. Nothing can replace toasting these ingredients fresh, powdering them and using them but in a pinch a packet of any of these powders will come quiet handy.

The Chicken Masala powder has nothing to do with chicken, it is a masala powder that can be used to season chicken hence the name :)

Was watching Bill Moyers, NOW last night on our local PBS station about Hunger in America and about the Farm bill and Farm Subsidies, the most recent farm bill expected to be passed this week in congress. Both important issues and know more about.


Recipe Source: Damodaran's Samayal Kalanjiyam Cookbook
1. 1 Small head of cauliflower cut to florets
2. 1 Bell Pepper seeded and cut into small cubes
3. 3/4 red onion chopped fine
4. 1/2 tbsp grated ginger
5. 7-8 cloves of garlic chopped fine
6. 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
7. 2 tsp chili powder
8. 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
9. 1 tsp turmeric powder
10. salt to taste
11. oil

1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onions and saute till they start to turn brown
2. Add the garlic,ginger and tomatoes and saute till they are soft and mushy
3. Now add the powders and mix well.
4. Add the cut bell pepper and cauliflower, sprinkle a tbsp of water, salt, cover and cook till the cauliflower reached the desired softness.

Substitute cauliflower and bell pepper with cooked potatoes and Peas.

Serve with Peas Pulao.


  1. That looks delicious. Love cauliflower and peppers!

  2. Whoa..this combo for subji is unusual! Looks delicious!

  3. I just had my dinner in Passage to India - restaurant and I enjoyed this one in their buffet. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. Really pretty looking dish, ISG, and I'm sure tasty! From the top of your post thought it was going to be cauli. with chicken masala ;) I see all those masalas in the store, but never did try the chicken variety. Will have to pick that up sometime. Hope you had a great weekend! :)

  5. different recipe..will try this soon Indo..

  6. Nice combination there, ISG! I use chicken masala when I run out of garam masala! :) I also got a Mangalore Chicken masala powder at the Indian store that is very different in flavor.

  7. Damodharan has a book? I have seen his TV shows.

  8. Beautiful pic, Indo! The dish looks wonderful! :)

  9. love the combination ISG, never tried it before... it's added in my list :) looks delicious!

  10. Did not know that damodaran has a cook book and is from kalanjiyam..hmm

  11. nice photo and even nicer looking combination!u didn't saute the bell pepper first?

  12. Suganya, if they have a TV show can a cook book be far behind.

    Shankari I am not sure what you mean by it is from Kalanjiyam the book is called Samayal Kalanjiyam (the book is in Tamil).

    Shaheen, no did not saute the bell pepper but I know waht you mean, should have sauted them taken out and then added towards the end. Well next time;

  13. I really must make an effort to do more with cauliflower.

  14. Sucha lovely combo. I have all ingredients with me, will try it tonight :) thanks for recipe Indo.

  15. Its my ultimate fav, the color is simply great tooooo...


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