Dhaba – meaning roadside restaurant. Dhabas are usually found on the highways in India. This is a place where usually the truck drivers stop for food and rest. They have open sitting arrangements and generally have cots where one can sit and have food and also rest for sometime. They generally serve the local food of the area in which it is . The food is always freshly made. The food served is generally spicy and with little extra oil. Dhabas are mostly found in the Northern parts of India specially Punjab and Haryana. They are famous for their Punjabi recipes such as Sarson da saag, makki ki roti, Alo Gobi, Dal Tadka, Roti. They serve it with their popular Lassi. It is a big glass and goes well with oily and spicy food. Even in Gujarat we find dhabas serving Kathiawadi food such as Ringan no Odo (baigan bharta), sev tamatar, bajri na rotla, khichdi, lasaniya batata,etc accompanied with gujarati masala chaas. We can find dhabas in different parts of India serving their local specialities. Rajasthan Highway Dhabas serve their popular dish Dal baati and Churma. In Maharashtra, you will find the dhabas serving, misal pav, pithla, bharreli vaangi, thecha, bhakar (jowar rotis). You can explore different regional food when you travel on the highways in India. These food is lips-macking and simple with traditional flavors infused. You just have to forget your calorie count while enjoying these traditional dhaba flavors.
My mother in law often makes this dhaba style gobi and it is a big hit in our house. The family once had the dish on the dhaba and since then my mother in law cooks it. Everyone enjoys this dish. She serves it with hot parathas. It is such a bliss to have it. I have learnt the recipe from her and will share with you all.
As it is a dhaba style recipe, It is made with extra oil in it. It is made with the regular Indian spices available at home. The vegetables need to be chopped big. It is an easy, delicious and quick recipe.
It can be served with hot rotis, tandoori rotis, parathas, steemed rice or jeera rice.
Gobi Dhaba Style (Stir Fry Cauliflower Indian Roadside Style)
- 6 tbsp oil
- 1 big potato chopped in big cubes
- 200 g cauliflower florets. (Remove the florets from and cauliflower. Wash and drain them properly in clean water.)
- 1 medium green capsicum remove seeds and cut it into big 1 inch squares
- 1 tomato cut into big cubes
- 2 tbsp coriander chopped finely
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 2 tsp red chilli powder I have used kashmiri red chilli powder. It gives nice red colour.
- 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
- 1/4 tsp asafoetida
- salt as per taste
- Heat oil in kadhai or big pan.
- Add the asafoetida, turmeric and potatoes to it. Stir them and cook them covered for 5-10 minutes or a little tender.
- Add the cauliflower florets in them. Mix well and cook covered for 10 minutes till tender. Add salt in it.
- Add the capsicum , cook covered for five minutes till tender. Do not overcook them. They should have the crunchiness in them.
- Add all the dry masalas ( red chili powder, coriander - cumin powder, garam masala ) and ginger garlic paste to it. Mix them well and cook for two minutes stirring in between.
- Now add the chopped tomatoes , mix well and cook till the tomatoes are tender and soft for five minutes. Do not overcook the tomatoes.The oil will be seen seperating here. Add some chopped coriander.
- Gobi Dhaba Style is ready. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve it with roti, paratha, naan or rice.