I love shopping at farmers markets and today I found fresh organic cauliflower at one of the stall. Immediately, I felt transported back to India, back to the days when I would go right into the farm and pick bunches of cauliflower, cut straight from the soil, and bring it home! The best part used to be sharing this fresh vegetable with the neighbors – each would cook it in their own style.

Fresh cauliflower holds lots of water so you have to be careful when cooking, so as to not mash this delicate vegetable. You want to flower to be visible in the end product. It takes only 5-6 minutes to cook and tastes delicious and is a great low-fat, low-carb, high-fiber food.

There are several ways to cook it in India, and here is one of the simplest and fastest, yet tasty, way to do it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium size cauliflower
  • 1 medium size potato
  • 3 tbs oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbs dhanajeera powder
  • 2 pinches of turmeric powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 or  2 thin slices of green chillies(optional)
  • Cilantro (finely chopped to garnish) (optional)
Cauliflower, raw and cut

Bite size pieces of Cauliflower

Directions:

  1. Cut the cauliflower and potatoes to medium sized pieces and wash them properly
  2. Put the oil in a deep bottom pan and let it heat up
  3. Once the oil heats up, add cumin and let it sit until it turns brown in color
  4. Then add the turmeric powder, green chillies and the cauliflower and potatoes
  5. Add salt as per taste and stir
  6. Close the lid and let it cook; periodically giving it a stir so it does not stick to the bottom.
  7. If the vegetables seem to have a lot of water, do not close the lid and let the water evaporate
  8. Once it is cooked, add dhana-jeera powder and red chilli powder and stir it well.
  9. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro before serving.
Cauliflower and potatoes cooked

The ready meal!

There are many variations in making this vegetable like adding carrots or peas or tomatoes or ginger  in it while cooking, but right now I have put the most simplest version of cooking cauliflower without any variations to enjoy the taste of fresh vegetable. Enjoy!

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