Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Whole Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower

The way fruit leathers are dominating blogosphere, so are Saabut Gobhi aka Whole Cauliflower often baked.  Its a dish my parents would make for me and D when we visited them from Scotland.  They would make themselves tandoori roast chicken, and we would have tandoori cauliflower.  I never thought anything of it, until recently when we were invited to a house-warming party and I was reminded of it Saabut Gobhi once again.  Traditionally it is cooked slowly in rich spicy tomato sauce, but now you will find different variations: with za'atar, miso paste, Sriracha and so on. 

Truth is I was never enthused when my family presented me with this Whole Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower dish, I never liked the look of this brain shaped vegetable, the smell or the taste.  I guess this is the reason I have never featured this dish on my blog, but saying that over the years and it is well-documented on my blog, I have come to appreciate this white vegetable and its versatility.
Anyway Saabut Gobhi is a Mughal specialist and often served with a main meal, in addition to other curry dishes.  


The slathered tandoori paste coats and permeates through the crunch cauliflower exterior, not only enhancing it with spicy flavours and tang, but also adding fiery burnt red colour.   I am sharing this with #VegetablePalette as the theme is White Vegetables.  

Other caulifower dishes from days past on my blog
Cauliflower Rice
Basil and Tomato Cauliflower Pies
Cauliflower Cake
Spiced Cauliflower Pancakes
And here are some sweet recipes made with cauliflower.  
Chocolate Cauliflower Shake from The Green Forks which can easily be frozen and turned into a lollipop
Cauliflower Rice Pudding from Maria Mind Body Health. 

11 comments:

  1. I like cauliflower, but have never loved it. Last year my friend Michelle made me a roasted whole head. It was pretty wonderful, I thought, particularly the texture. I've never tried my own hand at it though.

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    1. I like it these days, but still don't love it either - so we have something in common :) Its pretty easy to make, you should have a go.

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  2. So roasted whole cauliflower is not a new thing at all! I made it with za'atar, but must try it Indian style. Thanks :)

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    1. Not at all, just rediscovered, a bit like fruit leathers! I like Za'atar and must try making the cauliflower with it soon.

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  3. I've seen these baked whole cauliflowers and want to try them but my oven doesn't roast that quickly and suddenly cauliflower prices have skyrocketed here. But it does sound delicious and I think it sounds a lovely dish to welcome you home

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    1. You don't have to make it entirely in the oven, you could boil the whole head in a pot of water, when a knife goes through it easy. Drain, then place on a baking sheet dousing it with flavours you want and then bake it. Cauliflower prices here are up and down, they were £2 a few months back, but now £1 at some supermarkets. I hope you can try it with your own spice variation.

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    2. great idea - caulis are over $6 a head still - I am hoping the price goes down soon.

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  4. I have heard of this dish before, but never tried. It does look rather tempting regardless of the brain shaped cauliflower. :)

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    1. Thank you VegHog, you should try it.

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  5. My mouth is water now, Shaheen - Thanks a lot :)

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