Growing up, cauliflower was made on rare occasion only. I have this faint memory of my Ammamma (Grandma) making this dish and how it had the perfect blend of spices. It sure is a simple dish, but I had a lot of trouble initially. I just could not get it to taste the way I remember and it always felt sweet.
After repeated tries and calls to my mom and Ammamma, I was happy with the outcome. I was magically transported to my childhood when I took the first bite and such dishes make me very nostalgic. I am not sure if the vegetables here are a bit on the sweeter side, but I heard my inlaws mention the sweetness issue too. Off to the recipe.
Simple cauliflower fry that goes with rice or roti.
- oil - 1 tbsp
- cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp (jeeragam)
- onion - 1 cup - chopped
- tomatoes - 1.5 cups - chopped
- cauliflower - 1 big - about 5 cups of florets roughly
- ginger paste - 2 tsp
- chilly powder - 3/4 tsp
- coriander powder - 2 tsp (dhaniya podi)
- turmeric - 1/4 tsp
- salt - to taste
Heat oil. Add cumin seeds and saute for a few seconds. Next add onions and when onions are cooked add the tomatoes.
When the tomatoes turn mushy, add the cauliflower, ginger paste, chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric and salt.
Add 1/4 cup water if needed for the cauliflower to cook. Turn off the stove when the cauliflower is cooked.
1. Avoid turning the florets often as that will cause them to break.
2. Do not overcook the cauliflower as it becomes mushy.
3. Ginger paste can be added at the beginning along with onions also.
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1. Heat oil and add cumin seeds. Saute for a few seconds.2. Add onions.3. Saute until onions are cooked.4. Add tomatoes.5. Saute until tomatoes turn mushy.6. Add the cauliflower florets.7. Add ginger paste, chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric and salt.8. Mix well and allow to cook. Add 1/4 cup water if needed, for the cauliflower to cook.9. Turn off the stove when the cauliflower is cooked. It took around 10 minutes for me. Serve with rice or roti.
Tasty dish that goes with rotis or rice.
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