A side dish to serve that satisfies the entire family is this Indian cauliflower curry. Cook a clean, cozy weeknight dinner that brightens up the taste buds, with cauliflower cooked in onion tomato gravy. Well suited for those who are new to eating and cooking Indian food.
A simple vegan curry bundled up with warm Indian spices that is available in regular grocery stores or maybe it is already in your pantry.
So no need to run to the stores for the exotic ingredients to make this Indian-style cauliflower curry.
This flavorsome vegan side dish uses minimal cooking oil, and we have tried to reduce the calories as much as we can. Our motto is to provide accessible, clean, low-calorie food to the maximum possible extent because I share what we usually eat at home.
There is a huge misunderstanding that Indian food is greasy and loaded with oil. The website's stories and the restaurants illustrate that Indian food is greasy and soaked in oil.
But that is not true at all. The food we cook at home has less cooking oil than you see in the pictures and in restaurants.
About this recipe
If you are planning for a vegan dinner or a delicious savory dinner, then definitely give this Indian cauliflower curry a try.
You will regret that you should have cooked this before. This Veggie Indian curry is light, and fresh that is an excellent fit for a weeknight dinner.
Each of the Indian ingredients is believed to have medicinal value. This cauliflower curry Indian style is simple to put together and extraordinary to serve on special occasions or holiday dinners like these curry recipes.
This simple Indian curry converts a regular dinner into an excellent dinner that everyone will be fond of.
This cauliflower Indian curry is loaded with vegetables like these spicy stir-fry recipes, no one will complain about it. In this post, we share all the tips and secrets to get it right every time you make it.
Are you new to Indian cooking and have never tried any Indian recipes before? you can try this recipe without any fail. We will also share some troubleshooting tips if you go wrong somewhere in this process.
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How to make Indian cauliflower curry
This is the recipe I make all the time, for packing lunch for my family or for dinner. This spicy side dish is best served with rice or Indian flatbreads like roti. You can make this using just a pan.
The ingredients I have mentioned here are for the guidelines. Feel free to adjust according to your preference.
Cauliflower. In this Indian curry recipe, the cauliflower is roasted enough to maintain its natural crunchy texture. This makes the curry suitable to serve with rice and pick by the fork.
Onion. The Indian curry is always made with onion and tomato gravy. Hence, onion is one of the most critical components here. It brings the texture and thickness to the curry. Also, it is a good source of nutrients and antioxidants.
Tomato. Onion and tomato are inseparable in the Indian cooking. If a recipe calls for onion, the next ingredient listed would be tomato. Next to onion, tomato is also a must in this recipe. Since I follow clean eating, I avoid processed or prepacked food. So here in this recipe, I have used fresh tomato, but you are welcome to use a can of diced tomato or tomato puree.
Red chili powder. The recipe needs 1 teaspoon, which some of you find fiery hot. You can substitute with paprika or cayenne powder, depending on your affordability. Generally, ¼th teaspoon of cayenne pepper and ¾th paprika would be the ideal choice for replacing the red chili powder.
Coriander powder. This gives a pleasant aroma and thickness to the curry. If you do not have stock at home, you may skip using it as it will not ruin the taste or texture of the curry.
Turmeric powder. You would not look out for any substitution for this turmeric powder as many friends find ways to include it in their food. This gives a rich golden finish to this Indian cauliflower curry.
Cumin seeds. We are using this for seasoning, which provides a wholesome flavor to the dish. It is one of the essential ingredients for any Indian curry recipe.
Garlic. As we all know, garlic is very flavorful. Balances well with the flavors of cumin, and coriander powder. Use finely minced garlic.
Green bell pepper. Another aromatic addition to the recipe. Gives a pleasant contrary look to the cauliflower's actual color.
Butter. This goes as garnishing. It neutralizes the acidity and brings all the ingredients together. You may also use vegan butter.
Madras Curry powder. This is purely optional; if you have it at home, feel free to use it and explore the flavor it brings.
The first step in making this Indian cauliflower curry is to make fresh tomato puree using a blender. Pulse until tomato becomes a smooth mixture and set aside.
Heat half a teaspoon of cooking oil and add cauliflower florets. Dry roast them until they are half cooked. And keep aside.
In the same pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add cooking oil and cumin seeds.
Allow the cumin seeds to sizzle until they change their color slightly.
Stir in the finely chopped onion and cook until it becomes soft and translucent.
Then add fresh tomato puree and cook until it thickens.
Now add red chili powder, coriander powder, and turmeric powder.
Stir in for a minute or until it changes its color slightly. Make sure it does not get burnt.
Stir in water and salt.
Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until it thickens to the desired consistency.
Now add roasted cauliflower florets and green bell pepper cubes.
Simmer the flame and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Finish by adding a teaspoon of butter.
Always ensure the curry does not get burnt anywhere in the cooking process. It makes the curry tastes bitter, so keep an eye while cooking.
Sprinkle salt while cooking onion and tomato is the most effective tip in any curry recipe. This helps the onion to cook faster and makes it maintain the correct consistency. But adjust the salt while adding finally to the dish.
Roasting the cauliflowers is to remove its moisture content. If you add it without roasting, the natural water content prevents the florets from absorbing the curry's taste.
On the other hand, you may also roast the cauliflower in the oven.
If it is bitter. Some complain that their curry tastes bitter. Curry tastes may taste bitter if the spice powders get burnt or if it not well cooked. If you find the curry tastes bitter after completing the cooking process, squeeze a lemon. This citrus can take away any bitterness in this cauliflower Indian curry.
If it is too hot. When you find the curry as hot as in spice level, increase the butter quantity or add fresh cream to subtle down the heat of the curry.
If it is salty. When you find it salty, adjust the taste with lemon juice.
Variations for Indian cauliflower curry recipe
Potato. Potato is the cute variations to this Indian style cauliflower curry. For this boiled and cubed potatoes are needed. Combine them while adding the cauliflower.
Eggplant. This increases the quantity of curry and good variations when planning to serve a large crowd. When planning to add eggplants, add them while adding water to the curry. Allow them to cook along with the red chili powder, coriander powder, and turmeric powder.
Red pepper. We adore this variation. You may substitute green bell pepper or add along with it, however the way you like it. And make sure that the pepper's quantity not to exceed the quantity of the cauliflower florets in this Indian cauliflower curry.
Onion cubes. This gives a nice crunchy texture to the curry. You may refer to this capsicum curry recipe for this onion cube variation.
Fresh cream. Another favorite alternative to make this curry to the restaurant-style. I find here in the United States, that all most all the restaurants finish the dish by adding a splash of fresh cream. This makes the Indian curry to a creamy texture and adding a mild sweetness.
Coconut milk. If you prefer to make South Indian style cauliflower curry, add coconut milk. When you add coconut milk, do not add butter or fresh cream. And they do not combine well and contradict each other in taste and consistency.
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Make ahead and storing ideas
You may make the onion and tomato gravy a couple of days before the day of making.
Roast the cauliflower florets a day before making. Store it in an airtight container to preserve its nutrition and taste.
And combine everything together whenever needed.
You may store the leftover in the fridge or refrigerator. This is a freezer-friendly dish, and reheat it whenever needed.
It stays good for a week in the refrigerator and for two months when frozen.
To thaw the frozen cauliflower curry, leave them in the refrigerator for a day. And then you may reheat in the pan. Else you may microwave it for quick servings.
To reheat in the pan, add the curry and cook until it boils for a minute.
And serve immediately.
Printable recipe card
Indian cauliflower curry
- 1 cup tomato roughly chopped
For dry roasting
- ½ teaspoon vegetable oil
- 2 cups cauliflower florets
- Grind tomato to paste with the help of a blender. And keep aside.
For dry roasting
- Heat half a teaspoon of vegetable oil to a pan over medium heat.
- Add cauliflower florets and dry roast until it is half cooked. And set aside.
For making the base
- In the same pan over medium heat, add vegetable oil and cumin seeds. And cook until it splutters.
- Then add onion and cook till it turns soft and pink.
- Now add tomato puree, and cook until the gravy thickens.
- Add red chili powder, coriander powder, and turmeric powder. And in low heat, saute for a minute without burning the spice powders.
- Add water. Turn to medium heat and allow it to cook over medium flame until the curry reaches desired flowing consistency.
- Now add roasted cauliflower florets and diced green bell pepper.
- Turn to low heat and cook for 3 minutes in low heat(to allow the veggie to infuse with all the flavors).
- Top with a teaspoon of butter and serve hot.