Monday, February 21, 2011

Cauliflower with Indian spices

I was on the road a bit over the last few weeks and haven't cooked much or posted in a few weeks.  I've been feeling the need to do a little detox and get back to eating a healthier again so I'm going on a little stretch of vegetarian and vegan cooking for a little while.  

When it comes to Indian food, I always love the vegetarian dishes -  okra, cauliflower, potatoes, spinach, lentils, eggplant, all kinds of veggies, all with lots of great spices and all completely satisfying without any trace of meat.  

Here's an easy Indian-influenced dish to make at home - cauliflower cooked with carrots, onions, garlic and canned tomatoes, and seasoned with cumin seeds, curry powder and some fresh cilantro at the end.

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets, stemmy pieces peeled and cut into cubes roughly the same size
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1" circles or half circles if the carrot is thicker
  • 2 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 - 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with its juices
  • 1/2 to 1 cup water, vegetable broth or chicken broth if you like
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. sambal olek or other ground chili paste - you could also use a fresh thinly sliced chili if you prefer
  • 1 tsp. salt, more to taste
  • Cilantro to garnish
  • Plain yogurt, optional
Heat a large deep skillet or pot over medium heat.  Add the cumin seeds and toast for about a minute or so.  Remove the seeds and set a side.  

Put the skillet/pot back on the burner and add your oil.  When it's hot, add the diced onions, carrots and garlic and saute for about 2 minutes.  Add the curry powder and the toasted cumin seeds and stir in.  

Add the cauliflower, can of diced tomatoes, salt,  sambal olek, and 1/2 cup water or both.  Cover and let everything simmer until the cauliflower is tender.  Taste and add more salt to your own tastes.  If you want it more saucy or brothy, add a little more water or broth. 

Garnish with cilantro and serve with cooked basmati or other rice.  Top with a spoonful of yogurt if you like.


  1. This looks delicious! Love all the flavors too!

  2. Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies but I've definitely never had it like this. I recently bought some cumin seeds, too. I'd love to give this a try.

  3. This looks delicious! Love the colors!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

  4. Yum....I must try this. I love the spices.

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  6. The cauliflower dish looks wonderful. I have been trying to find some different vegetarian dishes to try, but have been stuck in a chickpea rut lately. My family love cauliflower so I am sure they will love it. Thanks!