Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sukhi's - Gobi Aloo Complete Spice Mix

Sukhi's Gourmet Indian Foods is an Indian foods company based out of northern California that makes curries, frozen meals, chutneys, and other convenience foods. I recently got a bunch of their Home Chef Collection products so I'll be testing them out over the upcoming months. On this particular occasion, I decided to try the Gobi Aloo Complete Spice Mix.

Gobi Aloo
Serves 1-2

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 cups small potatoes
  • 3 T canola oil
  • 1 packet Sukhi's Gobi Aloo spice mix
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas 
  • 1.5 cups cauliflower florets
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro sprigs to garnish
Instructions (and my comments)
The packet is somewhat misleading in that it states it is a 15-minute meal. As I was trying to make this after work on a weeknight, I didn't want to spend much time cooking and was excited to see it could be made in 15 minutes -- not so. You must boil the potatoes first, which takes about 20 minutes on its own. Then, the process takes another 15 minutes. Still, pretty quick, but it isn't 15 minutes.

First, boil 2 cups of water, then add the basmati rice. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Next, boil water in a large sauce pan, then add 1.5 cups of potatoes, whole. The mix states to add 1 cup, but I think more is better. Boil for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Drain and set aside to cool.  Then, dice into cubes.

Then, heat the oil in a saucepan on medium high heat. Add the Gobi Aloo spice mix and saute until the spices begin to froth.

Add 1.5 cups of cauliflower florets (again I am recommending more than the 1 cup they recommend on the package), the cubed potatoes, and peas. Mix well and cover. Add small amounts of water as needed to keep vegetables from sticking. Add salt to taste.

Once all the veggies are tender, serve them over rice and garnish with cilantro.

This turned out to be a great entree. I did feel like the proportions were off, which is why I increased the amount of cauliflower and potatoes. I also added the peas. The funny thing is that they show peas on the picture on the front of the package, but do not have peas in the recipe on the back.

This mix makes things super easy especially if you don't have a lot of spices on hand and want to make a quick meal. The spice pack includes coriander, ground pomegranate seeds, cumin, salt, asafoetida, cayenne pepper, paprika, turmeric, and garam masala. The only bad thing is that it only makes 1-2 servings. I wanted more! But, all in all, it is a great quick and easy meal.

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