Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Spiced Cauliflower Fry

Where does the time fly - it looked just yesterday when 2012 dawned to a bright and sunny morning. And I had told myself that 365 days were more than enough to make a dent in my to-read list, which by the way is getting longer than Jack's Bean Stalk . Now it's down 7 months and the list is just rustled; the year however is rushing in a sprint that would put Bolt to shame. But guess what I have become hooked to - Harry Potter series ; while I have watched all the movies, reading the books somehow failed to interest me. All that changed when I got hold of the entire set except the final one from my sister-in-law. And once the first few pages of the first book were finished without much enthusiasm, I found myself increasingly bewitched and knew that the magical allure of J.K Rowling's writing would see me very soon to the 7th year of Harry and his adventures @ Hogwarts. The book is not only alluring with it's larger than life fantasy but also teaches some valuable insights in to life. Reading it is turning me into a kid all over, hooting and cheering for the potter guy, I more than once dream of being part of the amazing trio (Shhhhhh !)

Coming to today's dish there is nothing remotely mysterious about it, but yes it tasts fabulous. Cauliflower all spiced up and dressed daintily jazzes the afternoon lunch.

Inspired from Shumaila's recipe , the dish was a hit when my daughter who otherwise is not a huge fan of the veggie, asked for a second helping. I have pureed the whole spices along with onions. You may use them as a whole.

Cauliflower, a member of the cabbage family has a very interesting explanation from Mark Twain who calls it as "the cabbage with a college education"
The vegetable is a good source of protein and is low in saturated fats and cholesterol. However avoid eating the vegetable if you are prone to kidney stones as the cauliflower head is high in uric acid and purine content.

What's in it :-
  • Cauliflower - 1 good sized head - cut in to chunky florets
  • Bay Leaves - 2
  • Ginger & Garlic Paste  - 1 tsp each
  • Tomatoes - 2 - medium sized - cut in to chunky pieces
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves - for garnish
  • Salt - to taste
For the Paste :-
  • Onion - 2 medium sized
  • Green Chillis - 2- to taste
  • Cinnamon Stick - 1 small piece
  • Cardamom Pods - 2 to 3
  • Cloves - 3 to 4
The Spice Mix :-
  • Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
  • Raw Mango Powder (Amchur) - 1 tsp

Here's How :-

Drop the florets in to hot water with little salt. let it soak for a few minutes and drain. It removes any invisible tiny worms.

Puree the contents mentioned in blue in to a fine paste with little water and set aside. 

In a thick bottomed pan, add the oil and after it warms up tip in the bay leaves. As the oil wafts up with a fragrant smell , add the pureed mix and let it sizzle for a few minutes. Tip in the ginger and garlic paste and saute till the raw smell evaporates. Add all the spices mentioned in brown and let the heady mix do it's magic. Saute for a few minutes and add the cut tomatoes. Let the mix simmer for a while.

Finally add the florets and little water and give it a good swirl. Let the entire mix cook in medium flame with the lid closed.After a good 12- 15 minutes when the floret gets tender, take off the lid and cook the mix till the entire thing comes together and all the moisture content is evaporated. Add little oil if required. Season it with salt and take off flame.Garnish with coriander leaves 



  1. Looks so tempting!! I like this variation with cauliflower!

  2. lovely preparation of gobhi...Good that your daughter loved it

  3. Ooh yummy! a very different recipe to me!..

  4. It looks great Priya! Glad that your daughter enjoyed it too! :)

  5. Wow cauliflower looks delicious. I love Harry Potter too. Wish we get Quiddich thro ages etc in print.

  6. Looks very inviting! I bet it tastes amazing too..any new way to make veggies more palatable is always so welcome :)

  7. Superr Priya!!!

    This is my all time favorite. "Amma special"
    Amma prepares it same way but she does not use the amchur and cinnamon stick.Let me give it a try.

    Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Best one for sambar rice and curd rice... Happy to follow u...

  9. I often wonder where all my time goes. But it's better to occupy the mind with better things, like your cauliflower fry-it looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing.

  10. wow.. looks really tempting.

    I love your space.. Happy to follow you :)

  11. Wow cauliflower looks delicious and tempting.