Saturday, 18 May 2013

roasted cauliflower with garam masala and fennel seeds

A recipe inspired by Beth at OMG Yummy and her roasted cauliflower, and my new veg box from abel and cole. So combining inspiration with a craving for a dish using Indian spices here is my recipe for roasted cauliflower with garam masala and fennel seeds.  This recipe uses the leaves of the cauliflower too - so more nutrients and less food waste! A great vegetarian dish on its own, but also works well as a side dish with a selection of others curries. If you are looking for curry recipe ideas check out my tomato and coconut lentil dhal curry. I think this would go really well with the roasted cauliflower.  I hope you enjoy - let me know what you think....

Serves: 3-4 as a side dish
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Recipe author: chip butties and noodle soup

1 cauliflower (leaves finely chopped and cauliflower divided into florets)
2 cloves garlic chopped
2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp fennel seeds
2 tbs oil
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C
  2. Add the prepared cauliflower to a roasting tin then toss in the oil, garlic and spices. Add about 1/2 cup of water to the pan to add a little bit of steam to the cooking process.
  3. Roast for 25-30 minutes until nice and crunchy on the outside and soft and tender in the middle. 
  4. Serve as a side dish or a vegetarian main  - I mixed it with some plainly cooked rice. As I am a chilli fiend I would also serve with a dash of hot and sweet chilli, garlic and ginger jam.  This is of course entirely optional! 


  1. I'm always looking for new cauliflower recipes and I love this idea!

  2. Always makes me happy to know I've spread some inspiration! It's the reason I keep on writing! I love how you used the leaves too. and I think my original inspiration for roasting whole from the grocery store was a garam masala flavored version. Great stuff!

  3. Thanks so much - will try it with zaatar soon - one of my faves!

  4. Hello!

    Nice recipe, man! I particularly like that you've used the leaves of the noble cauli!

    My mum steams/parboils hers and puts into her dahl. It's lovely.

    You can use them in soup, or like I do, bung them into homemade stock.

    Great blog. It's a pleasure to meet you!

    Snigdha (Snig)
    of Snig's Kitchen

  5. Thanks so much for your lovely comments :-) will definitely try adding the leaves to dahl next time I make it - great idea.
    Thanks for dropping by...

  6. wow this one is great idea, sometimes I don't know what will I do with cauliflower, thanks for the recipe.

  7. This looks lovely. I made some garam masala with Ivor Peter's recipe from his fab new Urban Rajah Curry Memoirs cookbook yesterday, must try it in this dish.

    1. Thanks so much - your comments are appreciated. Will have to check out the garam masala recipe...thanks for letting me know about the new book...cant wait to check it out :-)