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Curried Cauliflower

I just noticed that my photo of Sweet and Sour Lotus Root won in the Originality category for Does My Blog Look Good in This? – March, 2007. I am delighted and extremely flattered. Thank you!

On to the tale of the cauliflower. We hosted a fairly non-traditional seder this year. We served pomegranate ginger saffron brisket, striped bass, pear and watercress salad, and a scattered array of other dishes, including this curried cauliflower.

Of course, I forgot that one of my brothers tends not to like curry, and another one of my guests can’t eat cumin, so we ended up with a ton of leftovers of this very tasty dish. How lucky we are to live in the city! A friend came over a few days later to take those leftovers away, and save them from being wasted.

The fish dish was a gift from my (how strange it is to type this) mother-in-law-to-be. You better believe I’ll be serving chowder in it, next time.

Curried Cauliflower
1 cauliflower, cut up into lovely florets
1 tsp cumin seed
1 1/2 tsp mustard seed
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp fenugreek
1/8 tsp ground hot Indian chilies
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
3/4 tsp urfa biber
1 C coconut milk
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp ginger, chopped
3/4 tsp turmeric
Salt and black pepper to taste

Get a bit of oil nice and hot in a pan, and sizzle the mustard and cumin seeds until they start to pop. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the coconut milk), and stir-fry for just a moment, letting the cauliflower brown a bit. Stir in the coconut milk and simmer, covered, for about 8-10 minutes or until done.

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10 Responses to “Curried Cauliflower”

  1. nex0s says:

    Just so you know, I make my own curry powder, as you do, and merely leave out the cumin :) I thought it looked very yum, and Stew, who loves curry, ate a whole bunch of it!

    Another excellent thing to do with leftover curried cauliflower is puree it with a bit of broth and boiled potato to make soup. A little cream or yogurt added it doesn’t hurt either.

    Everything was MARVELOUS!!!!

  2. bonnie says:

    that is quite possibly the cutest little fishie dish ever.

  3. moiety says:

    Hey Danielle,

    If urfa biber is not available to us, what would you suggest as an alternative in this recipe? Gourmetsleuth.com says red pepper flakes, but I’m not sure.

    Curried cauliflower soup sounds delightful!

  4. Danielle says:

    nex0s – I’m glad he liked it, at least! We gave a ton of it to Martha, who you may know, so no soup this time. Maybe next year.

    bonnie – Isn’t it, though? Then again, I haven’t seen many other little fishie dishes to compare it to.

    moiety – Maybe chipotle, though that’s hotter and even smokier.

  5. mr.ed says:

    Urfa Bibber is incredibly cheap at kalyustans.com.

  6. Bron says:

    Psst! sshhh don’t tell anyone, but your Sweet’n'Sour lotus root DMBLGIT entry was my favourite ‘overall’! ;-)

  7. Brilynn says:

    If I lived nearby, you’d never have leftovers…

  8. Kristen says:

    Congrats on your win. Well deserved!

  9. Danielle says:

    mr.ed – It sure is, and well worth the price.

    Bron – Thank you! That really means a lot to me, coming from you.

    Brilynn – I wish you did! It would be great. We could swap leftovers!

    Kristen – Thank you!

  10. gilly says:

    I just tried roasting cauliflower for the first time this weekend, and it was excellent… I bet that finishing it as you describe above would have made even more special!

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