Gobi Dhaba Style (Stir Fry Cauliflower Indian Roadside Style)

Gobi Dhaba Style (Stir Fry Cauliflower Indian Roadside Style)

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)

Gobi Dhaba Style (Stir Fry Cauliflower Indian Roadside Style)

A simple, quick and delicious recipe made from Cauliflower in the traditional dhaba style.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian, Punjabi
Keyword cauliflower, dhabha, punjabi, roadside, rozkakhana
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 376kcal



  • 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.
    Gobi Dhaba Style (Stir Fry Cauliflower Indian Roadside Style)
  • Add the cauliflower florets in them. Mix well and cook covered for 10 minutes till tender. Add salt in it.
    Gobi Dhaba Style (Stir Fry Cauliflower Indian Roadside Style)
  • 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.
    Gobi Dhaba Style (Stir Fry Cauliflower Indian Roadside Style)
  • 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 (Stir Fry Cauliflower Indian Roadside Style)
  • Gobi Dhaba Style is ready. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve it with roti, paratha, naan or rice.
    Gobi Dhaba Style (Stir Fry Cauliflower Indian Roadside Style)


The cauliflower florets need to be cleaned and washed properly. You can also just give them one boil in salted water if in hurry.
The adjustment of the spices and oil can be made as per your choice.
The vegetables are cooked step wise as cooking them altogether will make them soggy  and mushy as each vegetable varies in cooking time. Potatoes take longer time to cook then cauliflower.
Thus add the cauliflower to the potato once they are tender. Capsicum and tomatoes need not be overcooked. They should be crunchy.


Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 867mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 900IU | Vitamin C: 111.4mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 5.2mg

49 thoughts on “Gobi Dhaba Style (Stir Fry Cauliflower Indian Roadside Style)”

  1. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe.!!! Super easy. That’s what’s great about it! You don’t need to grind or mish mash anything. After cooking too many elaborate recipes, this was refreshingly simple but delicious! I baked all the veggies together in a tray and then tossed with oil tadka.

    • Hi,
      Thank you so much. Yes it is a super easy and yet delicious recipe. It is popular at my house. I liked the idea of baking all the veggies together and then giving the tadka on it. Thank you for sharing. Happy cooking!!

    • Hi,
      Thank you for trying out the recipe. Adding capsicum is not compulsory. It gives nice taste and colour to the recipe. Green chilies gives good flavor and spice to the recipe. You can use it too..

  2. 5 stars
    Follow this recipe exactly and you WILL be delighted. It is so simple, so healthy, so well explained, and so delicious! I spent a month in Ragasthan and ate all along the way at dhabas (roadhouse fare). I hope things quiet down with the current administration so we can visit Punjab (winter prevented us last time.) This recipe is now in my repetoire and hope it will be in yours.

  3. My husband is very picky when it comes to cauliflower sabzi. He wants the cauliflower to be crunchy and not completely cooked. Tried your recipe exactly and he loved it. He said it’s the best sabzi so far. Thanks for this quick, easy and delicious recipe!

    • Thank you so much for trying out the recipe and I am glad that your husband loved it…Convey thanks to him on behalf of me. Happy cooking!!


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