This Air Fried Aloo Gobhi Dry Veg is my husband’s recent invention. Aloo gobhi is one of his favorite recipes but whenever I tried to make it I never succeeded to get that perfect crispy texture. After so many attempts I got to know that the type of cauliflower we get here in the U.S is the culprit as it contains a lot of water which makes gobhi to get very mushy while cooking.
I was thinking about how to cook his favorite aloo gobhi without going to the traditional method which calls for deep frying. We always try to avoid deep-frying things and make food healthy. We were looking for some alternative to deep frying gobhi florets so my husband came with this idea to fry them in air fryer before cooking it with onion and other spices.
Those charred cauliflower florets definitely add up more flavor and texture to this aloo gobhi and they won’t get mushy once they hit the pan. After air frying, all you need to do is to quickly toss them with spices, and you are done.
Let me confess that the air fried version makes the best Aloo Gobhi. It is exactly like the one you get at wedding parties. This simple air fried aloo gobhi dry veg goes well with roti if you have some dal tadka on the side is one of our favorite go-to comfort dishes.
Do try other similar recipes :
- Aloo Matar
- Aloo Palak Dry Veg
- Aloo Gobhi Dry Veg
- Beans-aloo Dry Veg
- Aloo Methi Dry Veg
- Aloo Parwal Dry Veg
- Dum Aloo
- Aloo Tikki Chat
- Aloo Paratha
- Chatpatey Aloo
Preparation Time: 10mins ∏ Cooking Time: 35mins ∏ Servings: 2-3 person
Level: Beginners (Easy) ∏ Measurement: 1 Cup ≡ 250 ml ≡ 250gm
How to make Air Fried Aloo Gobhi:
Step1: Wash and peel the potatoes and slice them into quarter-inch pieces. Add it to a bowl and sprinkle some turmeric powder, red chilly powder and half a teaspoon of salt along with 1/2 teaspoon oil, mix well to coat all the slices.
Step2: Arrange the potato in the air fryer and fry for 8-10 minutes at 370Deg F. Try not to crowd the basket and fry in batches if necessary. You can also bake them in an oven instead of an air fryer.
Step3: In the meanwhile, you can marinate the cauliflower florets. In the same bowl add gobhi, sprinkle some turmeric powder, red chilly powder, and salt. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon oil or ghee, mix well to coat all the florets. Let it sit for 7-8 minutes while the potatoes are getting fried.
Step4: Halfway through cooking, gently shake the basket or use a wooden spoon to carefully stir the potato, which will ensure even air frying. Once the outer layer becomes light brown and crispy. Take them out and set aside.
Step5: Now lets air fry the cauliflower florets. Fry gobhi the same way as aloo for 10-12 minutes at 370Deg F. Keep shaking the basket every 5 minutes for even cooking.
Step6: In the meantime, we will prepare the masala. Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet or pan over medium-high heat. Add the bay leaf and cumin seeds, cook for 15 seconds, or until it sputters. Then add finely chopped onion and saute on a medium flame for 3-4 mins. Cover the pan with a lid so that the onion releases its water.
Step7: Then add ginger chili paste (or crushed), saute for 2-3 minutes. Lower the flame and add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) powder, 1 teaspoon red chilly powder, 1.5 teaspoon coriander powder and salt (we have already added salt in the cauliflower and potato while air frying so adjust accordingly). Saute for 30 seconds.
Step8: Add fresh or frozen peas, mix it well. Cover the pan and let it cook for 3-4 minutes on low-medium flame. Keep stirring in between. (If you are using fresh peas then add 2 tablespoons of water then cook it until it turns soft.)
Step9: The Cauliflower floret will be ready now, Take the basket out and add the fried potatoes, fry them for the last time for 2-3 minutes at 400Deg F to get that extra crispy texture. However, doing this is totally optional.
Step10: Add fried cauliflower and potato in the onion green peas masala. Gently mix everything well alternatively, you may mix it by shaking the pan to avoid breaking pieces.
Step11: Add slit green chili, Saute it for 3-4 minutes on medium flame so that all the spices are evenly mixed with the aloo and gobhi. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon dry mango (Amchoor) powder, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala. Mix it.
Step12: Top it with fresh coriander leaves.
Step13: Air fried version of Aloo Gobhi dry veg is ready. Serve it with roti or paratha.
- Since we are adding salt in parts, after adding aloo gobhi in the spice mix do taste and adjust accordingly.
- While Air-frying, try to shake the basket every 5mins so that aloo and gobhi are cooked evenly from all sides.
- While mixing aloo gobhi with the masala try to gently mix everything without breaking the pieces.