Baked Spiced Cauliflower

Baked Spiced Cauliflower

Baked Cauliflower is a savory, delectable, tangy dish that transforms the bland cauliflower into a flavorful, exotic delicacy. It is amazing how the quick and simple process of adding the right seasoning and spices and baking for a few minutes yields such an appetizing outcome. The dry spices find their way into every nook & cranny of the Cauliflower florets and cling onto the baked golden florets like little brown specks of gold, simultaneously soaking into the entire dish but also standing out in their full glory. This creates a magical effect that is reflected in the sophisticated looks of the dish as well as in the superlative, scrumptious taste of the Baked Cauliflower that you will feel in every bite of this delicacy as mildly crunchy yet delicately soft floret is swallowed, leaving behind a flavorful after-taste in the mouth that lingers on long after the entire dish is consumed.

Owing to their great taste & exquisite looks, Baked Cauliflower can be used as a delectable, somewhat-filling snack with a cuppa tea or coffee, as a sophisticated side dish at the dinner table or at parties, or even as entrees - they pair up really well with Indian flatbreads such as Parathas. In whatever manner you choose to serve this dish, make sure to keep a bowl of Cilantro-Mint Chutney alongside - the piquant taste of the Cilantro-Mint Chutney perfectly complements the spicy flavors of the Baked Cauliflower and quadruples the taste. So if you always looked away from the cauliflower pining away in a corner of your fridge when you were wondering what to cook for dinner, now you don't need to ... try this delicious Baked Cauliflower dish and make Cauliflower you new best veggie buddy :)

BAKED  SPICED  CAULIFLOWER  RECIPE

SERVES : 2-3

INGREDIENTS:
1 head Cauliflower; cut into bite-size florets
2-3 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Salt, or to taste
½ tsp ground Black Pepper
½ tsp Cayenne Pepper (Red Chilli Powder), or to taste; optional
½ tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Cumin Powder
½ tsp Garam Masala Powder; see tips
½ tsp Dry Ginger Powder
1½ tsp Dry Mango Powder (Amchur) or 2 tsp fresh Lemon juice; see tips
1 tbsp chopped fresh Cilantro (Coriander) leaves or Parsley
Lemon wedges for serving

How to make Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spices

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and place the rack in the centre of the oven. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, add the cauliflower. Drizzle oil over the florets & toss to coat. Sprinkle the seasonings (including the lemon juice) over the florets. Using your hands, gently toss to coat such that every individual floret is coated evenly with spices.
  3. Spread the cauliflower pieces onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the stems are tender, and the edges are browned. Turn the cauliflower florets midway through roasting.
  4. Remove from oven. Adjust the seasoning as per your taste.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle chopped cilantro/parsley. Serve hot with lemon wedges & cilantro-mint chutney or as a side dish.
Tips:
All of these spices are available in Indian Grocery Stores, & it is best to buy them from an Indian Grocery store to get authentic flavors. These spices are also very common & may be available in your local supermarket (I have seen them in Safeway - a popular supermarket in California).  

    4 comments:

    1. That really seems tempting! Will try soon! Thanks for the recipe!

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      1. Thanks for the lovely compliment, Amzu! It is indeed delicious, hope you get to try it soon. Let me know how it turns out :)

        Happy cooking!!
        Nids

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    2. i am always clueless when it comes to cooking cauliflower. Thanks for this recipe and I am in love with your recipes

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      1. Awww...thanks Dixya for your sweet words :) There are several cauliflower recipes on my blog & many more to follow soon. Happy cooking!!

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