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Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spice and Yoghurt Sauce

 

Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spice and Yoghurt Sauce

Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spice and Yoghurt Sauce

My favourite way to enjoy cauliflower is raw. It’s a backlash from the over cooked, bitter and sulphurous smelling offerings of my childhood, but the recent trend of roasting cauliflower has won me over and I’ve surprised myself by enjoying cooked cauliflower.

The first time I roasted cauliflower I coated it in miso for a Japanese accent, with this recipe I used Indian spices as my inspiration.  As with my other roast vegetable salads, I simply tossed the florets in oil and dry spices then baked the veg in the oven until it began to caramelise.

To say this was delicious is an understatement. The spiced and roasted cauliflower would make a great starting point around which to plan a meat free meal or a great accompaniment to simply grilled lamb but either way be sure to serve the tangy yoghurt sauce to drizzle over.

This salad is best served warm or at room temperature.

Serves 4-6 depending on the size of your cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spice and Yoghurt Sauce

1 small – medium cauliflower broken into bite sized florets

1 teaspoon garlic infused oil

1 teaspoon onion infused oil

2 tablespoons peanut oil

2 teaspoons ground turmeric

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon cumin seed

1 teaspoon fennel seed

1 teaspoon nigella seed

2 teaspoons sea salt flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes

generous grinding of black pepper

1 tablespoon finely snipped chives

1/2 cup whole mint leaves

1/2 cup whole parsley leaves

yoghurt sauce:

1/4 cup natural yoghurt

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon sea salt flakes

1 teaspoon garlic infused oil

 

Preheat the oven to 180C and line an ovenproof tray with baking paper.

Put the cauliflower florets in a bowl and drizzle over the oils.

Toss to oat.

Mix together the ground spices, seeds and seasoning then sprinkle over the cauliflower.

Toss to thoroughly coat.

Tip the cauliflower onto the baking tray and spread into a single layer.

Roast the cauliflower until it begins to caramelise, 20-30 minutes.

Remove the cauliflower from the oven and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes.

Toss through the fresh herbs.

Serve warm or at room temperature drizzled with yoghurt sauce.

yoghurt sauce:

Whisk all the ingredients together.

Chill until ready to serve.

 

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

29 comments on “Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spice and Yoghurt Sauce

  1. Adam Hanif
    October 26, 2017

    nice one

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  2. Karen
    October 19, 2017

    Sandra, I’m pinning this recipe and I agree it would be absolutely delicious with lamb.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 19, 2017

      I hope you enjoy it as much as we did 🙂

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      • Karen
        October 19, 2017

        I’m sure we will, it sounds great.

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  3. There can never be too many recipes for roasted cauliflower. The spice mixture sounds delicious.

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  4. Linda Duffin
    October 14, 2017

    One of my favourite ways with cauli … lovely spicing. 🙂

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  5. Lisa @ cheergerm
    October 14, 2017

    My kind of food Mrs R. Love the yoghurt sauce.

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  6. circusgardener
    October 14, 2017

    This looks and sounds delicious! Lovely combination of flavours.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 14, 2017

      Thanks, that a true compliment from the master of tasty veg dishes

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  7. alinasadventuresblog
    October 13, 2017

    How delish is roasted cauliflower!

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  8. Eha
    October 13, 2017

    Like Kate and Fran I have never had an issue with the most beautiful looking cauli!! Have never used nigella seeds with such, tho’ in house. Must admit I do not have all these ‘infused’ oils in my humble pantry: we shall ‘make do’ 🙂 !!

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 13, 2017

      If I could use garlic cloves they would be my choice. Infused oil is a compromise for me. Nigella seeds add an amazing dimension..

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      • Eha
        October 13, 2017

        Yes, yes and yes, ’cause I can for sure!! And have nigella . . . . have a good’one . . . .!!

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  9. chefkreso
    October 13, 2017

    Like how you made yogurt sauce to top the spiced roasted cauliflower, the dish is such a wonderful idea 🙂

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  10. chef mimi
    October 12, 2017

    My husband once claimed that roasted cauliflower and broccoli are better than candy! He would definitely love this recipe. Great idea with the yogurt.

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  11. Debi @ An Evolving Life
    October 12, 2017

    You have converted a confirmed cauliflower hater to one that actually enjoys the veg now. I guess that sulphurous mush of my youth turned me off and then the British try (but don’t really succeed) to disguise it by laying on a cheese sauce. It was not exactly my veg of choice – until I started roasting and adding wonderful spices. This sounds like a great flavour combination. Thank you!

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 12, 2017

      Most welcome. I still hesitate when offered cauli, I need to be sure it’s not overcooked. It’s hard to shake those childhood scars

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  12. katechiconi
    October 12, 2017

    I do love the flavour of curried cauliflower – I had a fortunate childhood which featured nicely cooked cauli rather than the soggy stuff so many others seem to have suffered from, so I’ve always loved it. And that bit of caramelisation is essential to the yummy flavour, isn’t it?

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 12, 2017

      Dead right! The brown bits are the best with all roasted veg. Still love cauli raw…

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  13. Francesca
    October 12, 2017

    I also love roasted cauliflower and this recipe is a winner, especially with the lovely Indian seeds added and a hint of garlic in the yoghurt. Yum.

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  14. This looks amazing! 🙂

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