Friday, October 8, 2010

Cauliflower With Mustard

I am not a big fan of cauliflower although once in a while I might add a few florets in a stir fry. But it is one vegetable that I come back to time and time again when I am cooking an Indian meal. This is another very simple vegetarian dish that will blow your mind away with its sheer simplicity, flavour and colour. If you are a big fan of cauliflower don't forget to check out allo gobi (spiced potato and cauliflower)

recipe adapted from The Food Of India
serves 4 as part of an Indian meal
you'll need;
600 g of cauliflower, broken into small florets
2 tsp of yellow mustard seeds
2 tsp of black mustard seeds
1 tsp of turmeric powder
1 tbs of tamarind puree
3 tbs of mustard oil or peanut oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped
3 green mild chillies, seeded and chopped
2 tsp of nigella seeds
100 ml of water

Black and yellow mustard seeds.

Grind mustard seeds to a fine powder in a pestle and mortar. Mix with water, tamarind puree and water to form a smooth liquid.

Cook the cauliflower in batches with a little oil in batches til lightly char and set aside.

Heat oil in a pan and fry garlic and onion til golden.

Return the cauliflower to the pan and fry for a minute before adding the chopped chillies, cook for a further minute.

Pour in the prepared mustard sauce; reduce the heat to low, cover and cook til the cauliflower is nearly tender and the seasoning is dry. Season well with salt.

Serve immediately as part of an Indian meal.


  1. Beautiful dish with all the spices. The colour is great. I love it.

  2. When can I come over for dinner?

  3. I love cauliflower so this is definitely my dish!

  4. oh, my son Lucas sure will like this, as he just love cauliflower.

  5. Hi tummy! i like vegie! any vegie is ok tp yg bitter i tak makan :D, lovely dish as usual ;-)

  6. This makes cauliflower looks so tasty!

  7. I may do this - I never make cauliflower because I don't like it. My family has noticed over the years that 20-something years of dinners have been devoid of cauliflower (and beets).

  8. I love anything that contains cauliflower..delicious!

  9. Oh my.. looks like my Indian spices collection has not completed yet, again! Hahahaa!

    I wanna try this!! (after i do my spices shopping that is :P)

  10. wow love simple Indian veg sides like this yum

  11. Such a lovely looking dish! Must try too!

  12. menu yang sihat:) selamat berhujung minggu.Ceria-ceria selalu.

  13. Harriet from CarltonOctober 9, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Bookmarked for my daughter!

  14. What a stunning looking dish. Love the vibrant yellow from the turmeric!

  15. We love cauliflower here and with the curry spices all the better! Looks awesome!

  16. very creative in using the spices.

  17. Delicious! I love cauliflower and could eat it every day. Beautiful photos - love all the spices!


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