Chop the garlic and let it rest while you are chopping other vegetables. Cut the zucchini into half inch long pieces, cut the cauliflower into florets, chop the tomatoes and onion or shallot.
Heat the oil and add cumin seeds and asafetida. Fry till cumin seeds are dark brown or roasted. (If you are on an oil free diet, you can roast these dry). Add the onions and garlic and let the onion sweat for 2 minutes, stirring to prevent burning.
Add the onions and garlic and let the onion sweat for 2 minutes, stirring to prevent burning. Add turmeric powder and let it roast for 1 minute. Add a grind of pepper on the turmeric as it is heating.
Stir the vegetables with spices together and cover with a lid for 5 to 6 minutes till zucchini is slightly soft and the peel is a vibrant green.
Garnish with chopped cilantro.
You may add or substitute any other vegetable of your choice.
This is a fast and easy side dish to prepare and tastes wonderful with lentil soup or Dal.