May 14, 2009

Cauliflower Pepper Fry

Here is a healthy side dish for chappathi or even with rice.

I was so confused as to how to use my cauliflower and make a side dish for chappathi. I love Kurma but did not want to use too much coconut! I wanted something that was healthy and at the same time tasty. After my ranting for a while with my sister on the phone, she gave me this recipe to make Cauliflower pepper fry. I knew it was healthy but did not really want to make something with black pepper. Anways - I procastinated till it was very late to cook dinner - so I just did it!

And I was just glad I tried this - I really loved the taste and flavor of this. And its also healthy! Almost.

So, to begin with, add a tsp of ghee and fry these ingredients -

1tsp Black pepper
1 tsp Jeera
2 red chillies
About 1 cup onions
about 5-6 pieces cashews (optional - I added to counterattack the heat of the black peppers as my daughter was going to eat this too)

Saute them well and grind it to a fine paste.

Here are the other ingredients -

Mustard seeds
Curry leaves
More onion - maybe half an onion finely chopped
Cauliflower - cut into big florets.

Add a tsp of oil to a pan, and add the above stuff as listed - frying for a couple of mins after the onions. Add salt and a pinch of turmeric. Add some water to this to cook the cauliflowers. Also, I wanted to make a gravy and hence added water - I guess you can make a dry sabji with this too - I'm sure that will be good too. When the cauliflower looks a little done, add the ground paste to this and let it cook.

I did find it a little strong flavored and hence added another tsp of ghee to it to bring down the heat. (-1 for calories but ghee is considered good man - no one told me!)

Let it simmer. And you're done.

Enjoy hot with garam rotis, chappathis, romali rotis or even rice.

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