Time to share my best cauliflower recipes, that only take under 20 minutes to cook. I warn you that if you spend hours making your cauliflower taste like Rice, this is going to change all of that. Cauliflower tastes so much better as a vegetarian main course or side. You do not have to put all that effort to make Rice out of it. Just my unsolicited opinion anyways.
Oh and make it a weekly habit to eat a few of these cruciferous vegetables because they give you some serious immunity boost without adding calories and carbs. Read more here – Did you know eating Cruciferous Vegetables like Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts helps prevent Cancer?
So I have three of my best cauliflower recipes pictured above. All of the seasoning and spices in these recipes are optional, but if you have been following this space for any length of time, get some of these ingredients and try them out. And usually they last a long long time. Here is a few you will need for your cauliflower. If you do not have an Indian grocery store near by order them online once, and it will probably last you 6 months – 1 year even if you use these every day. Cumin seeds – 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds – 1 tsp, Nigella seeds (Kalonji) – 1 tsp (optional), Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp (optional), Asafoetida – 1 pinch
Best Cauliflower Recipe #1: Cauliflower And Peas Stir fry:
Any quantity goes. I cook whatever quantity will cook in my large Stir Fry Pan. Wash and Cut One Medium Size Organic Cauliflower into Small bite-size florets. Wash about 1-2 cups of frozen peas. Heat a Large Pan or Wok on High heat. Add 1 Tbsp of Butter. Add a pinch of Asafetida, Cumin seeds – 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds – 1 tsp, Nigella seeds (Kalonji) – 1 tsp , Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp. Immediately add Cauliflower and Peas and Mix. Add Salt, Pepper and about 1/2 tsp turmeric and mix. Add about 1/2 cup water and Cover. Cook for 5-10 minutes until water evaporates. Let rest for 15 minutes and then Garnish with 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice. My favorite way to eat this will be with a healthy whole grain tortilla or wrap like these.
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Best Cauliflower Recipe #2: Cauliflower, Carrot, Potato and Peas Curry
The second recipe is a mixed vegetable curry. if you have this sauce Indian Curry Sauce Recipe – Brown Curry Sauce in your refrigerator, then this recipe is a breeze to cook. Start with One medium Sized organic cauliflower, Wash and chop into small florets. Set Aside. Wash and Cut up some carrots in 1-2 inch pieces. about 2 cups. Cut up one large potato, in 1 inch pieces. And wash some peas about 1 cups, and set them aside as well.
In a large pan add a pinch of Asafetida, Cumin seeds – 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds – 1 tsp, Nigella seeds (Kalonji) – 1 tsp , Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp. Add about 1 cup of this Indian Curry Sauce Recipe – Brown Curry Sauce. (Totally Optional) but if you have 1/2 tsp of Turmeric Powder and 2 Tbsp Coriander powder Add that now. It helps thicken the curry, and also extra turmeric is always good for health. Add the potatoes and cover. Let the potato get a head start with cooking only because they take longer to cook. Open the lid in about 5 minutes and add Salt and Pepper to taste. add all the other vegetables and 1-2 cups of water. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat. Let rest and then garnish with cilantro and squeeze in a juice of half a lemon. Now this cauliflower curry is best served over steamed rice or quinoa.
Best Cauliflower Recipe #3: Cauliflower and Peas stir fry with Pepper Flakes
This is an easy stir fry, spicy but very quick to prepare. Chop One medium cauliflower into florets, and wash and drain. Wash the Peas and drain. Heat butter or oil in a deep pan oven over medium-high heat. Add a pinch of Asafetida, Cumin seeds – 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds – 1 tsp, Nigella seeds (Kalonji) – 1 tsp, Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp. Immediately add Cauliflower and Peas and Mix. Add Salt, Pepper and sprinkle lots of chilly flakes. And Stir fry in the open for about 5-10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let rest for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon juice. Wrap it up in a whole grain wrap with sourcream or yogurt. And enjoy.
Try all three of them and let me know which one do you like best. Once you learn the technique, you can throw in any vegetables together in stir fry, curry, or whatever you want to prepare.
Pop Quiz – What is the difference between the Recipe #1 and #3? And which one did you like better?
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