Friday, December 2, 2011

curried cauliflower

cauliflower | photo: jeltovski
In my part of the world cauliflower is in season.  Yummy cauliflower, it's so easy and versatile to prepare in a number of different ways.

One of the things that always seems to surprise people is that you can use the green leafy bits too, not just the white florets.  The greens make a great vegetable to go along with your cooked cauliflower.

In the summer I often roast the greens right along with the florets.  Drizzled with a fruity olive oil, some sea salt and fresh ground pepper they are truly fabulous.

But now that we're heading into colder weather I'm not roasting vegetables as much, preferring different cooking methods.  At this time our year with cauliflower I often like to curry it.  The flavors of curry go well with the cauliflower and greens.  Over a bed of rice with some protein on the side it's a very satisfying dinner.

Curried Cauliflower

generous pinch of mustard seeds
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion minced
1 clove garlic minced
1 cauliflower cut into florets
cauliflower greens cut into bite size pieces
1 teaspoon of curry powder
1/4 cup water
salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Heat olive oil in the pan
Add mustard seeds and cook until they just start to pop
Turn heat to medium
Add onions and saute until starting to soften
Add garlic and saute one minute more
Add curry powder and stir well
Add cauliflower, greens and water
Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 8-10 minutes until cauliflower is tender
Season with salt and cilantro

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Robin said...

Sounds delicious, Mira. We'll likely get some Romanesco cauliflower from our CSA soon. Think the recipe would work with that variety as well?

Mira Dessy said...

I think it should work just fine. The important thing is that the cauliflower be tender but not mushy. Let me know how it goes.

Trudy Scott said...

Mira those mustard seeds too - thanks, I think I'll make some tonight

Robin said...

The Romanesco came out delicious! I used two small heads. It looked really pretty too (I took a pic but couldn't figure out how to post it)

Mira Dessy said...

If you email it to me m dot dessy at grainsandmore dot com I'll post it, I'd love to share it with everyone.