Indian Cauliflower Recipe -
Indian Cauliflower Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Indian Cauliflower

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"A spicy cauliflower served whole on a platter - looks like a red and yellow flower. Garam Masala can be found in Indian grocery stores and some traditional grocery stores. I like to serve peas and carrots lightly cooked in butter on the side of this dish."

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Original recipe makes 4 to 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    50 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cut off most of the cauliflower's stem and place the whole head in a baking dish.
  2. Heat two tablespoons of oil and turmeric together in a small frying pan. Brush the cauliflower head with the oil and turmeric mixture.
  3. Bake the cauliflower for 30 minutes.
  4. While the cauliflower is cooking heat two tablespoons of oil in a frying pan, mix in the minced onions and saute until the are a medium brown color. Add the pureed tomatoes, garlic powder, garam masala and salt. Let this mixture simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Arrange lettuce leaves on a serving plate. Place the cauliflower on top of the lettuce. Pour the tomato curry over the cauliflower. Serve hot.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 29, 2010

Awesome! The garam masala is a MUST! I cut the oil in half, and it was just fine. I had to microwave the baked cauliflower for 2 minutes - it wasn't quite tender. One tip: don't let the tomato curry sit and cool before serving because it thickens up too much. The next time I made this, I used only 1 Tbl. oil and diced canned tomatoes. After the sauce was finished cooking, I pureed it in my food processor. For the cauliflower, I steamed it in my vegetable steamer until tender, then did a 'rough chop' to get smaller florets (which is how I see this dish served in Indian restaurants). I then mixed the cauliflower into the pureed sauce. I will make those changes again! Thanks for the recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 16, 2005

I will take full responsibility for the failure of this recipe........ We ended up throwing the whole thing out. Is is possible for turmeric to go bad? I followed the recipe completely. It was really awful tasting and my husband will USUALLY eat anything! Sorry!

Oct 15, 2010

I like Indian food, this is a good one. I changed it a little though. I think as suggested before by some other reviews it's a must to seperate the cauliflower into florets if you want to cook it in 30 minutes. Also I raised the temperature to 450 F, and it cooked perfectly. I used fresh garlic also added fresh ginger to the sauce, cut the garam masala in half and added some chili powder since I like my food hot. I didn't have any at home but next time I cook this dish I will sprinkle it with chopped cilantro before serving.

Oct 08, 2004

This is a fun dish to prepare and serve. In an earlier review, I forgot to mention that I have learned that I needed to bake the cauliflower in a *covered* dish, and increase the cooking time to at least 45 minutes. I like to serve it with a red lentil dahl.

Feb 01, 2004

I think the cauliflower would cook a bit better if 1/4" of water was added to baking pan. Makes a beautiful presentation.

Jan 16, 2009

We loved this! We will make it again and again! I liked it just as is, and I also liked it when I added some plain yogurt to the sauce for a creamy indian sauce. Creamy is big with me.

Apr 19, 2005

I followed other's advice and cut the cauliflower into florets then tossed it in the tumeric oil. After baking for 20 min it wasn't done and was starting to look a little dry so I added a little water and let it cook for another 20 min. I didn't have garlic powder or fresh tomatoes so I minced 2 garlic cloves and 1 can of tomato puree. I think it came out very well and plan to make this dish again.

Jul 16, 2003

I had to leave my cauliflower in the oven for a lot longer than 30 mins for it to cook. I also used tomato sauce instead of pureed tomatoes and real garlic instead of garlic powder. The result was still a great tasting dish!


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  • Calories
  • 168 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.1 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 11.6 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 6.2 g
  • 25%
  • Protein
  • 4.6 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 62 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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