Prep 5 mins
Cook 8 mins
Lightly spiced cauliflower. Great for a side dish with Tandoori chicken
- 250 g cauliflower (amount depends on how many people you are cooking for. If for two, use about 200-250 grams or two me)
- 1 shallot
- 1 small onion
- 50 g turmeric (or 1 small finger)
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 pinch coriander seed
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 dash cayenne pepper (substitute with dried chilli flakes for more heat if desired)
- Peel and chop Onion finely.
- Peel and chop Shallot finely.
- Dice Celery stalks.
- Place Shallot and onion and celery aside.
- Crush Garlic with large flat knife to remove skin.
- Finely dice Garlic.
- Peel the small finger of Tumeric with a veggie peeler. Be careful, as if you get Tumeric on your hands it will stain your hands yellow or orange and is hard to remove.
- Finely dice Tumeric.
- Place Tumeric, Garlic and Coriander seeds in mortar and pestle and pound until ingredients reach a paste-like state.
- Steam cauliflower florets in microwave safe container for 3 minutes or until soft.
- In the meantime, heat Ghee in frying pan.
- When Ghee has melted, add the Tumeric, Garlic and Coriander seed paste to the Ghee and lightly fry. This releases the fragrant smell of the ingredients, and mellows the flavour.
- When Ghee is lightly coloured yellow by the Tumeric, and the garlic is softened but not discoloured, add the Shallot, Onion and Celery that was set aside earlier.
- Fry gently, and add the dash of Cayenne pepper to taste (or dried chilli flakes if desired).
- When Onion and Celery is soft, clearish and lightly coloured yellow, add the steamed Cauliflower. Cauliflower should be soft enough to break up into tinier portions.
- Cook for about 3 minutes stirring constantly, or until the Cauliflower is yellow like the rest of the ingredients.
- Serve hot.
I had trouble finding fresh Turmeric so I used the stuff from my spice rack.
Inspite of this, the dish was still quite tasty and I will make it again.