Cauliflower Curry

Adventurous home cooks are looking to South Asia for inspiration. One fantastic guide is Indian-cooking expert Raghavan lyer, the author of 660 Curries. This curry draws its lively flavors from cumin, coriander, and hot green chile.

Cauliflower Curry
Photo: © Quentin Bacon
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 large red onion, diced

  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 small jalapeño, thinly sliced

  • One 2-pound head of cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced

  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro


  1. In a blender, puree half of the diced onion with the coriander and cumin seeds and 1/4 cup of the water.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the remaining diced onion and the jalapeño slices. Cook the vegetables over moderately high heat, stirring a few times, until the onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Scrape in the onion puree from the blender. Pour 1/4 cup of the water into the blender; swirl it around, then pour it into the skillet. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion sauce begins to stick to the bottom of the skillet and turn brown, about 10 minutes.

  3. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of water, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Stir in the cauliflower and season with salt. Cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in the diced tomato and the minced cilantro and cook until warmed through, about 1 minute. Serve.

Suggested Pairing

Peppery, fragrant Grüner Veltliner from Austria.

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