Gobi Aloo

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Aloo gobi is a very popular Indian recipe. In northern India, where I'm from, we call it gobi aloo. This vegetarian dish gets its flavors from turmeric, ginger, garlic and lime. —Soniya Saluja, The Belly Rules the Mind


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 large plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into 2- or 3-in. pieces
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled and cut into thin wedges
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, optional


  1. Select saute setting on a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker. Adjust for medium heat; add oil. When oil is hot, cook and stir cumin seeds until fragrant and they start to pop. Add onion; cook until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and ginger; cook 1 minute. Add chili powder, garam masala, cumin, salt and turmeric; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in cauliflower, potatoes and water. Press cancel.
  2. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 3 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes; quick-release any remaining pressure. Sprinkle with cilantro if desired.

Gobi Aloo Recipe Tips

What is gobi aloo?

Gobi aloo is a popular dish in the northern part of India. (Gobi means "cauliflower" and aloo means "potato.") Like dal, it has become a popular dish worldwide. It gets its flavors from turmeric, ginger, garlic and lime, but you can adjust these ingredients based on your preferences. For variations on this recipe, add or swap in different vegetables such as carrots, peas or chopped green beans.

Can you make gobi aloo in advance?

Yes, gobi aloo keeps well in the refrigerator for about 3 or 4 days. However, we recommend making it fresh because it only takes about 10 minutes using an Instant Pot. Serve gobi aloo alongside some other Indian recipes.

How do you store gobi aloo?

You can store gobi aloo in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and reheat it in the microwave for about 3 minutes. You can also freeze gobi aloo. However, if you’re planning to freeze it, keep the vegetables a bit undercooked. When you're ready to serve it, thaw it and then pan-fry on the stove until the cauliflower and potatoes are cooked through.

Research contributed by Soniya Saluja
Did you know? Gobi aloo is a popular dish in northern India. (Gobi means cauliflower and aloo means potato.) Like dal, it has become a staple of Indian cuisine that’s enjoyed worldwide. You can adjust the levels of turmeric, ginger, garlic and lime to suit your tastes.
Editor's note: If you prefer firmer cauliflower, pressure cook on low for 3 minutes and then quick-release pressure.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/4 cups: 164 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 514mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.