Minced Cauliflower (Gobi Kheema)

Gobi Kheema

Gobi Kheema

This recipe is a vegetarian version of Minced Meat (Kheema). While there is definitely a difference in texture the concept is the same and it is very delicious. Garam Masala is a spice mix ( Indian stores carry multiple brands). Most Indians swear by a particular store owners home made recipe and some even make their own at home. The one I use comes all the way from a little store in Santa Cruz (E) in Mumbai courtesy of my mother in law and it certainly is good. Over here in the US we keep it in the refrigerator and it lasts a fairly long time.


  • 1 medium sized cauliflower (or half a big one)
  • 1/2 cup green peas – frozen
  • 4 stalks spring onions – sliced
  • 1 large onion – finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes – chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 1/4 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt
  • oil


Pulse the cauliflower in the food processor grate the cauliflower florets by hand.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, saute minced cauliflower florets on medium heat until they turn slightly brown in color. Take them off the pan into another plate.
Heat some more oil in the pan, add cumin seeds and let the sputter.
Add the ginger, garlic, chopped onion (the big onion) and saute until onions turn pink.
Add chopped tomatoes, spring onions, red chilli powder & saute until the oil separates about 8-10 minutes on a medium flame.
Add cauliflower and mix well.
Season with salt & Garam Masala. Cook on low heat for another 6-8 mins

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