Hot garlic sauce with capsicum and cauliflower

Hot garlic sauce with capsicum and cauliflower

This is a vegetarian dish, but you could add a non vegetarian component and the recipe would hold beautifully.

Cauliflower- 450 grams after cleaning
Capsicum- 2 large, diced
Onions – 1 medium sized, finely chopped
Spring onions – the greens, about five stalks
Tomato sauce – 8 tablespoons
Chilli sauce – 2 tablespoons
Star anise – 2
Green chillies – 3, finely chopped
Ginger- 1 tablespoon, finely chopped
Garlic – 2 teaspoons, finely chopped
Corn flour – 1 tablespoon
Sugar – a pinch
Soy sauce – half a teaspoon
Red food colouring – 1/8 teaspoon
Magi cube – if large, then one
Salt to taste

Break the cauliflower into bite size pieces and wash it. The best way to get the crawly insects out(if any) is to soak it in salt water. Chop the capsicum into thumb nail sized dices and mince the onions.

In a pan heat oil and add the star anise. When the oils are released (the aroma hits your nose) add the chillies, garlic and ginger and stir fry this till they are lightly brown. Now add the tomato sauce, chilli sauce and soy sauce with the Maggi cube and two cups of water. Bring this to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook for a minute. At this stage the food colouring could be introduced.

Make a slurry of the cornflour i.e. add cornflour to cold water and add this gradually into the dish but make sure you lower the heat. Stir well and finally when the cauliflower has cooked for another minute add the capsicum and the cut greens of the spring onion. Allow the cauliflower to continue cooking in its own heat. If you are serving immediately them cook the cauliflower till it is firm to the bite. Limp cauliflower is yuck to eat. 

If you wish, you could also batter fry the cauliflower and add it to the gravy. For that you need to make a slurry of corn flour, egg, pepper powder and a Magi cube and water as required. Dip the cauliflower in the mixture. The batter should coat the cauliflower. Deep fry it. If you do not wish to deep fry then cut the cauliflower into thick slices and then dice it. Dip into the mixture and shallow fry and then add to the gravy.

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