Friday, May 11, 2007

P for Pattagobhi-aloo and Peas-daal :).

When Phullgobhi is here, can pattagobhi be far behind ;). Pattagobhi (leafy gobhi, literal), as we refer to cabbage in Punjabi, is another favorite! And a big time comfort food. Mom used to make this often and i would ahve it not just with chapati or parantha, but even with Maggi noodles ;). And then there's daal, always yummy, as soup or as an accompaniment to your chawal or chapati. Add your favorite condiments, daals accept them all with open arms :). So easy to customize :)). And yes, they do symbolize comfort. It is all about comfort foods :).

Today, i'll share a simple Pattagobhi-aloo recipe, made using Purple potatoes (Nupur, thanks for reminding me about them!) and an equally humble, yet delicious daal with peas, adorned with rosemary and cloves :). The pattagobhi recipe is similar to how Mom used to make it, except that tomato and green chilli lover in me added those to the sabzi. Purple potatoes are similar to the regular potatoes in taste and look gorgeous, thus providing a lovely fest of colors. So here's Pattagobhi aloo and Peas daal, for Nupur's A-Z get together, featuring the letter P :).


We need:

  • 1 small cabbage (chopped)
  • 2 purple potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 1/4 tsp. mustard seeds (sarson)
  • Ginger (chopped, to taste-i use about 1 tbsp.)
  • 1 small tomato (chopped, optional)
  • Turmeric and red chilli powder (to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. melted ghee or oil
  • 2-3 green chillies (chopped, optional)
  • Garam masala (a pinch)
  • 1 tsp. lime/lemon juice (optional)

Wash the cabbage, remove the base and a cpl. of outer leaves. Cut the cabbage into halves and chop. Wash and peel the potatoes and cube them. You can use regular potatoes also :). In a pan, heat oil or ghee (i prefer ghee, because ghee and ginger give a wonderful aroma) and add mustard seeds. Once the seeds start popping, add the chopped ginger and saute' for 2-3 minutes. Now add the tomatoes (if using) and stir beriefly. Add the turmeric and red chilli powder. Stir again and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the cabbage and potatoes and stir. Cook on high heat for 4-5 minutes. The cabbage will reduce in volume and get a lil' tender. Now add salt and cover to cook on low heat with occasional stirring. If you want to use green chillies, chop or slit them and add halfway through, while the potatoes still are firm. When its done, the potatoes in the sabzi should hold shape and yet be soft. Sprinkle with a pinch of garam masala and its ready to go :).

Cabbage has a lot of water, which is good as it helps cook the potatoes :). To avoid mushy sabzi (especially if you are using tomatoes),check often and cook on high for the last 4-5 minutes to dry the water. Don't use too much garam masala, a pinch is enough. The major flavor here comes from mustard seeds and ginger. Green chillies enhance the flavor :).

Peas -daal:

We need:

  • 1 cup Toor/Tuvar/Arhar daal
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1/4 onion (optional)
  • Ginger (chopped, to taste)
  • 1 Roma tomato (chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp. mustard seeds
  • Hing (a pinch)
  • Turmerci and red chilli powder (to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp. oil

Wash and pressure cook the daal (3-4 whistles). Let the pressure cooker cool down. Stir the cooked daal, it should be completely cooked and smooth. Add some water if its too thick. For the tadka, heat the oil and pop the mustard seeds. Now add the onion (if using) and saute'. Follow this with chopped ginger and saute'. Now add hing and mix. Add tomatoes, turmeric and chilli powder. Stir and add the green peas. Mix and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add this tadka to the daal and mix. You may now add the dried rosemary leaves and cloves and then allow the daal to simmer on low for about 10 minutes.

Enjoy the delicious daal with rice and dahi/curd or chapati and sabzi.

I once had moong daal that had matar at a party hosted by Mrs. A. I liked the idea and thought may be toor daal would go with matar quite well too. Toor daal has its own aroma and i felt that rosemary and cloves/laung would enhance the flavor. and ofcourse a subtle hint of hing does wonders to arhar/toor daal. But if you are using moong daal or masoor daal ( or a Punju style moong-masoor combo), use jeera instead of mustard seeds. You may also like to use corn instead of peas. Enjoy pattagobhi aloo te Peas daal :).


sra said...

Toor, peas, rosemary, cloves - true fusion cooking! I've always wondered how peas and dal would work together, never got around to trying it!

trupti said...

Well, Well!!! This one is my favorite! I do looooove cabbage- with yes, dahi, the most!
Rotis and Cabbage with dahi is my fav. meal I think. I have never made it with Ghee or purple spuds so will try this version too, I am sure I will like it...and that daal- I can drink that all on its own.

I see you like your dahi you make your own?


Vcuisine said...

Such a comfort food Musical. Chapati with dhall is my all time favorite. I add anything to the dhal which makes it tastier. Nice presentation. Viji

Richa said...

heh!heh! with maggi, will hv to tell my sis, she is majorly into maggi :) thuaddi plate bot simple & delicious haegi, true comfort food as you said :)
ginger & ghee sure bring out the best in veg. gotta' try those purple alu. i like tuvar-matar kind of dal & veg combos. mae kado desi khanewich rosemary nai try kitta, navi idea haegi.

Pelicano said...

Those are some beautiful purple potatoes Musical!

Asha said...

Another gobi with Patti this time,yum!! I love that purple Potatoes.Looks delish,Cabbage goes well with Chapatis.
Dal looks like a comfort food,simple and delicious.Thanks for great "P" entries:))
Have a great weekend:)

musical said...

Hey Sra:

Fusion cooking-i love that word :). Try it dear, you are gonna' love it. Rosemary goes so well in daals, so do green peas.


Hello, fellow upma and gobhi fan ;). and dahi fan too :-D. As for making dahi at home, it do it sometimes and when i don't i just buy Mountain High brand dahi (back in East Coast it used to be Stony Field). Try the purple potatoes, dear-they look gorgeous and am sure full of antioxidants! he he, and yes, daals can be had on their own (and i do that most of the times!). Enjoy your weekend :).



Thank you dear :). Daal-chawal is ultimate comfort food, simple, yet great! i agree, i too whatever it takes to make the daal more delicious :-D. As i said, you can customize it your personal taste :).

musical said...


Sweetie, i was too much into Maggi, when i was in school :). Haven't had Maggi noodles in years now!! But yes, i always enjoyed Maggi with this sabzi :)). Simple khana vi bahut swad lagda e, hai na :). Rosemary try karo, tuhanu zaroor pasand aayegi. Yellow daals take it really well! Naal ghyo te adrak da swad, aha! maze hi maze ;).


Purple potatoes are pretty! Really pretty :).


Yes, i am a big time gobhi fan :). Love it with chapatis, paranthas and even with bread!! Daals are good, always, aren't they.

You too have a great weekend :).

Mishmash ! said...

hmm...peas and dhal..thats a new combo for me..never tasted it....also liked your aloo -gobhi prep :)

And thanks a lot for visiting my blog :)

Enjoy the weekend!

musical said...

Thanks, Shn: Your blog is a lovely and amazing read, i wonder how i missed it for so long! You too have a great weekend, dear :).

Sig said...

Musie, I make cabbage the same way sans the potatoes and ghee, will try adding potatoes next time....
Both those plates of food look great, simple comfort food, the type of food you'd need after a week of eating out... can I come over? :)

Lol, about the maggi noodles and cabbage... I used to hate maggi when we were young... now we are big fans.., guess it is nostalgia more than anything :)

bee said...

oh, dear. cabbage and me are not friends. you're a paratha factory. i love that.

we're too lazy to make rotis or parathas, so we get a virtual feast at your site.

TheCooker said...

Maggie w/ son is gonna love this.
I've always wondered about rosemary-daal. Tried oregano-daal and got a 3 thumbs-down. After that didn't venture in that territory.

musical said...


You are so sweet :). I loved Maggie as a kid and you are loving it now ;). jokes apart, i guess its true that one likes such things purely out of nostalgia. We friends used to amke it often while studying in the hostel!! and yes dear, drop in any time for some Oota :). Potatoes, ha ha! thats a Punju obsession ;).


I know, dear! that you don't like cabbage.....i hope that you would try the recipe though, its not smelly (if i remember smell is the problem, are you OK with cauliflower and broccoli though! i feel so full after cooking broccoli that i postpone enjoying the dish to the next day!!).....i actually posted the daal along, thinking that you can atleast have something.....really! Hmm, i like that title, paratha factory ;). He he, kabhi chapati, kabhi parantha, kabhi chawal :). am glad that you got some fill here :).

musical said...


Awwwww! Love that, if your kiddo loves it. I make daal with oregano, when i am using ajwain in tadka, but it goes well only with whole moong and matki. Which daal did you use? Anyway, if not Rosemary, do use lavang/cloves with toor daal sometime. i know especially with kiddies, it is really not possible to try too many novelties :).

Sandeepa said...

PattaGobi -- bahut din bad yeh nam suna. We call it "BadhaKopi"
Never had Purple potatoes though.
Peas Dal make it with Moong like your Mrs. A, never tried with Toor

I love your dinner such a nice meal. But pattagobi sabzi with Maggi would be the ultimate :)

Nupur said...

Now *that* meal is sheer comfort on a plate! So delicious...thanks for participating :)

musical said...


yes, we call it both Pattagobhi/Pattgobhi and bandhgobhi :-D. So chose the one with letter P. I think Moong with peas is yummy, simple and delicious, i love it :). He he, so you are also Maggi fan, Sandeepa ;).


Entirely my pleasure, sweetie :). Yup, daal-chawal, roti-sabzi, comfort food for desis :).

TheCooker said...

I tried oregano with toordaal. Will try moongdaal. I'm not giving up on daal-oregano combination just yet!
Thanks for the tip.

reena said...

not a fan of patthagobi but a fan of muse's recipes. you even made cabbage so tempting for me. i would do anything to get that plate now.

sunita said...

Another favourite vegetable in our family...we absolutely adore it.

Jeena said...

Hi there, I like your blog! Nice recipe it looks yummy :) Feel free to visit my blog too :)

Click here for jeenas food recipe blog :-)

musical said...


Way to go, gal :-D another tip, add it only in the end on top, bowl by bowl, so if someone doesn't like they have the option of not enjoying oregano :)


Aha! So you also don't like cabbage! any chances of changing your mind ;). Thank you sweetie, you are really kind! Sending your way a platter and hugs :).


Shake hands, dear. I enjoy cabbage as much as you :).


Thanks dear :). I'll surely visit your blog.

Sushma said...

Now this is a comfort food..Isnt it ..whatever you cook , once in a week you have to come back to this simple and delcious food..dal and cabbage curry are so great with chappti and paratha

musical said...

Hey Sushma:

You are so right! Simple food can sometimes be the most delicious and satisfying :).

Roopa said...

wow the dishes looks so delicious and relishing. i just love looking at your rotis and parathas. never tried purple patatoes will try to get some next time!

Mike said...

I dont know how to say the dish name :) but it looks really good

musical said...

Hey Roopa:

Thanks a lot (blush). I love purprle potatoes :). Try them, the look so pretty!


Thank you :) Its just cabbage with potatoes and lentils with peas :).

Coffee said...

Peas DAL!!!!!!! The sounds heavenly!!!!!!! And cabbage is my fav!! Lovely ones M!

musical said...


Am glad you loved these :) Now send some muthiyas over :-D.


Sia's Corner said...

maggi noodles with cabbabe subji? ha ha ha ha...u know how to surprise me everytime;) well, i too looooooooooove maggi(there r more o's than that;) maggi noodles and hostel days are something which every hostelites will cherish:)
cabbage subji with chapati and curds is my fav combo. loved it musical:)
first phool gobi now patta gobi, whats next????

Sharmi said...

Hey Surili, Loved that plate full of amazingly comfort food. reminds me of my naniji.
we used to have dal, roti, dahi, bhendi ki suki subzi and paneer ki subzi too.
loved the dal recipe , and those potatoes, do they taste like the regular ones?

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Hey, am a first timer to your blog.... I love dal too!! Its indeed a comfort food. And cabbage is my all time fav!! tx for the recipes :)

Mandira said...

Both the thali's look amazing. Which one do I eat first ;)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hay it is great feast....Lovely pictures.....Amazing menu....

musical said...


Tum bhi maggie fan :) It used to be so much fun having maggi in hostel na! cabbage and dahi, isn't that yum yum :). First phoolgobhi, then pattagobhi and next: there is gaanth gobhi or knol-lhol :)). But thats for later ;).


So cute, you call me Surili too :) Wow, the credit for the cute name goes to Trupti who thinks this is a more appropriate name for me :)). Bhindi and dahi are something else :) Summertime dinner with bhindi and dahhi followed by dassehri mangoes = bliss! Thanks dear, for your kind words.....and for thinking about your Naniji on seeing this humble of the best comliments i ever received!


Welcome to my corner, dear :) and thanks a ton for the warm words.


Thanks, you take your pick, how about both :)

Thanks a lot dear :)

DEEPA said...

wow !!!...i love aloo ..and i love ur dhal ..really excellent thai ...i wish i was at ur place this time ...

musical said...


Thanks dear, you are always welcome to drop by and join for lunch or dinner :) sorry for replying so late!

swapna said...

Hi musical
gobhi curry is looking tasty!!have to give a try.

musical said...

Thanks Swapna, i am sure you'll enjoy it :).

Kajal said...

Hi musical,
Very nice recipe my dear it is easy to cook and not much time to prepare so I like this recipe when I am not too much time for kitchen. Your peas daal great I try is sometime. Thanks for sharing.:)
Enjoy your weekend.:))

Richa said...

haanji! thuadde kolo q di koi subzi nai vekkhi, ki gal e? busy haegey o? take care

Anonymous said...

great comfort food dish...being a dal junkie...i love this sort of food...i love your recipe...thanks for sharing

Sandeepa said...

I always assumed you posted on weekends and always had something for Nupur. Kyun Q se kya kiya ?
take care

musical said...


Thanks dear :) Hope you had a great weekend too.


Haanji, thode busy haan, posting te blog hopping da time hi nahin mil riha.....

Dilip ji:

Thanks a lot :)


Q se bahut kuchh karna tha, but time hin nahin mila.....

gledwood said...

Hi you're still posting up those fantastic recipes I see! I thought I'd say hi as you came to mind tonight... I've been reorganizing my sidebar and you've now got your own section under "Cookery Blogs". I've also opened 2 new video blogs. You really must see my sneezing panda clip. It's really entertaining!! See you there maybe... All the best to you
"Gledwood Vol 2"

musical said...

Thanks Gledwood.

Best wishes to you too. i would surely visit your blog,

Sia said...

oye? how come no new posts girl? i miss ur paronthe:)

musical said...

Sia, thanks for checking sweetie :)
beenbusy lately.....more soon :)).

bee said...

knock, knock, anyone here? tried making parathas with lakshmi atta.

very very changa.
now the paratha factory has competition!!!

musical said...

Dear Bee,
am here ;) sweetie, i knew it would work :-D. Enjoy those paranthas and think of me sometime :).

been busy a bit, will update sometime soon :).


Dumela said...

heloooooooooo (echoing out).... kahan ho tussi? missing yur posts...

musical said...

Dumela, me too :). hoping to blog soon :).

Sharmi said...

Surili sounds very beautiful. if I have a daughter in future may be I will plan to give her this name.
BTW why no posts from long time?

Chandrika said...

Surili, thank you for the wonderful comment on my blog...First time here and I love your recipes...They are so different and unique...Loved your other blog too..Will keep visiting... :-) And I am sorry for replying so late...

musical said...

It is a pretty name indeed. Will be back to postingt soon :).


Thanjs dear for your warm words :).

Sandeepa said...

Tussi to ekdum bijeeeee hai jee

musical said...

Sandeepa ji:

Assi wapis aa gaye haan ji ;).

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