Sunday, 28 April 2013

Cauliflower Pepper Fry

Serves 3
Cauliflower is an extremely flavorful vegetable.My mom makes a very spicy fry out of it and I simple love it.When I initially started to cook I assumed that it would be very easy to prepare any cauliflower dish. But surprisingly I could never get any cauliflower dish to taste right unless I deep fried it,so I would only make fritters or Gobi Manchurian out of it. It took me almost 3 years of cooking to get it right:-)This is a pure South India recipe that I found  in a magazine and it turned out very tasty. Freshly ground pepper powder heightens the flavor of this dish.

Cauliflower - 1/2 a big one,10 - 15 florets
Onion - 1 big
Tomato - 2 medium ones
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - a sprig
Salt - as needed

To dry roast and grind:
Whole pepper corns - 1/2 tbsp
Fennel seeds - 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 4 - 5 leaves

- Chop the onion and tomatoes finely.
-In a vessel add warm water and little salt,soak the cauliflower in it and let it stay immersed for 10 minutes.Remove the cauliflower and clean it well under running water.Then break the bigger florets into smaller ones.
-In a pan add the pepper corns,fennel seeds and curry leaves and dry roast on a low flame,until they turn crisp.Grind to a fine powder in a blender
- Add the oil to the pan, when it heats up splutter the curry leaves.Then add the onion and saute until they turn translucent.Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for 3-4 minutes.
-Add the cauliflower florets and turmeric powder.Saute on a low flame for  5 - 7 minutes.
-Add the coriander powder,red chilli powder,tomatoes and salt.Saute for 3-4 minutes until everything is well mixed.Cover with a lid and cook on low flame for 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is done. Keep stirring in between to make sure that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the vessel.
-Open the lid and increase the flame to medium and saute for another 4 -5 minutes.Finally add the ground pepper powder mixture and stir well .Saute for another 2-3 minutes.


  1. Such an inviting fry. The color, texture and the crunchy look of the florets are perfect.
    Dry roasting and grinding "Curry leaves" is actually a good idea, it gives the crispy texture to the masala and flavorsome too.
    Love the recipe, Reni. I'm definitely trying this.

  2. Its a lovely version, the caulis and the rest of the ingredients came together to create the pop-in moments. I cook caulis quite often too, mostly because its reasonably priced and there's so many styles the veg can be cooked.

    I shall keep your recipe and for the next round of caulis, gonna try this peppery spicy veg dish.

  3. Very lovely and delicious pepper fry...
    Will definitely try this...

  4. Wow Reni.. Yum! Yum! Yum! This looks super tempting :-)

  5. You have awesome blog your pictures....keep rocking...

    Todays recipe:

  6. yummy cauliflower & pepper fry!!!

  7. love the way masala coat to cauliflower. nicely done. thanks for stopping by

  8. Nice space with delicious recipes. Glad to follow you.Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. This is such a nice way to make Cauliflower!! and lovely pics as usual :)

  10. Yummy cauliflower pepper fry.. Thanks for visiting my space.. You have a nice space.. Happy to follow you..

  11. tried today, it was very good and delicious... thanks for the nice dish


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