February 02, 2013

Roasted Cauliflower..Indian Style.

I was in hibernation as the wind turned cold and the days got short, making each day a mad dash from one warm place to another. Packed, moved, unpacked yet again and in between all this my poor blog lay neglected, without a kind glance..
Today is Ground Hog Day, so I definitely had to post.. a day made memorable for me by the classic movie of the same name wherein the Bill Murray gets stuck in Punxsutawney, PA and relives the same day over and over over again till he... Well..watch the movie if you can. This is the day when a poor ground hog in Punxsutawney, PA comes out of its hibernation and see a mass of people waiting to see his reaction..
 " According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks."
Apparently, spring is coming early.. the days are already getting longer..
So why am I so excited..?
Well, for one.. this signifies the beginning of the end of the frosty day!! Yahoo!!This has been a relatively mild winter with intermittent spates of freezing cold.. to think positively, if there was no winter, where would I wear all those sweaters and scarfs?
And also for me the last one year has been like reliving the same day over and over again..Get up, pack lunch, drive, work, cook, clean, eat... all verbs, with no fun adjectives to sprinkle around it.  Like a scene from the movie when the hero finally knows the day and road so well that he automatically dodges a pothole and avoid getting splashed on, have fine tuned the day activities to a  semi-automatic form.
 So have to pay homage to the movie and day that I use as a analogy for what our routine sometime becomes!! Is it like that for everyone?

And what's better in this weather than to turn on the oven and roast something with the pretense of cooking while in actuality you just want to heat up the house further. The warmth and the aroma both make this a quick reach for in our house.
I grew up three recipes for cauliflower.. Alu Gobi (Potatoes and cauliflower curried together), Gobi Parantha( Flatbread stuffed with cauliflower) or Cauliflower thoran (Shredded cauliflower steam cooked with coconut).  Spouse refused to espouse the Alu Gobi and over time I forgot how to make it, much as it is a favorite for most. But this roasted cauliflower was adopted with open arms and since it doesn't involve cooking, gets made more often.
It is a healthy vegetable , a cousin of the broccoli family.. its known to lower your risk of cancer, and it is  full of antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties and is loaded with fiber.

You will need:
1 medium cauliflower torn into florets
1 Onion cut into dices
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
5-6 whole cloves of garlic (optionally with skin on)
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
1/2 teaspoon red chlli powder( or paprika)
2-3 tablespoon chopped cilantro

How to do it:
Cut the cauliflower into florets and wash the florets and drain well.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Line a large roasting pan or tray pan with foil. Place the cauliflower florets and onion dices in it. Pour  the olive oil all over the cauliflower, and sprinkle the salt, turmeric, sesame seeds, chili powder, cumin powder and cilantro and mix well with your hand. Add the garlic cloves too. Place the saute/roasting pan in the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes, checking and stirring to ensure even roasting. Garnish with more chopped cilantro and serve immediately while still warm.

Sprinkle a pinch of garam masala if you like.
Use only salt , pepper and finish off with parmesan cheese.
Use only sambar masala and salt.
Tell me your variation.


Abhayakumar Nalukettil said...

how about sprinkling it with little Chat masala.

Myra said...

Shaheen,what a pleasure to read you once again.I am so glad you have come out of hibernation :) i have missed you,thought about you often.....
Guess what i brought on Friday,a Cauliflower, each time i opened my fridge door,i asked my self Myra what are you going to do with this,knowing it would be Indian style but how ?? You have come to my rescue,i will add some Sambar Masala :) yours Myra xx
p.s. Shaheen inviting neighbours around for an Indian meal,i would like to make Paratha or Roti,which is the easiest?(they scare me as i don't want them to be hard and rubbery),also if made in advance how to keep them warm ? thanks for your advice xx

Mallugirl said...

Myra, knew you wud always be there to read..:))
paratha definitely.. if you are worried about it being hard, paratha is the way to go!!

Myra said...

Aww Shaheen :) Okay,Paratha it will be, any tips on how too keep them warm? thank's Shaheen xx

Bharathy said...

There you are!!!

First of all, I love LOVE to see the old banner back as your header and Oye a new recipe!!

:) :)

J said...

Nice to say hello again :)

Oven roasted, lovely! Sambar powder...good twist. Cauliflower thoran? Where's the recipe?

Rinku Naveen said...

Hi Shaheen
Tried out your fish biryani and it was awesome! Thanks

Anonymous said...

really happy to see u back.every now &then i use to check ur blog.loved ur recipe.tried some & they were good.

Veena said...

Welcome back dear

Myra said...

Love the new "LoOK" Shaheen ...
Very Fresh looking :) xx

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Rev said...

Lovely side dish! :)


Nithi bha said...

Thanks for sharing the post..
Kerala famous for fish biriyani, and beaches. So i visited couple of days and taste that food, for that i booked Bus Ticket through ticketgoose.
Thank you..

raka said...

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smk n btkl said...

thanks for the information may be useful for all of us wrote Greetings from me

Linda said...

Dear S -- so long since I have been here -- so much has happened, but I am relocated now to even more snow than Mass. -- finally to Michigan! Hope you are doing well and hope to see you posting more... all the best! :)