Unfashionable Cauliflower – a retrospective (plus a recipe for Aloo Gobi)

Yet again, the subject of the poor, ganged-up-on, unpopular cauliflower has reared its curly head on the telly.  It always makes me really cross when people talk about unpopular foodstuffs.  Would the average shopper be happier if it had ‘Louis Vuitton’ stamped on every floret?  Or perhaps the Nike Turnip would prove to be a hit?  Fendi Fennel… stop me now – I’m only pretending that I know some designers.

Cauliflower is lovely and I shall prove it.  Read this article wot I wrote in May last year.

Now go and buy a cauliflower.

Than, if you want to be exotic, try this quick and delicious recipe for Aloo Gobi, a North Indian/Pakistani dish  made with cauliflower, potatoes and Indian spices.  My friend Ila also puts a handful of frozen peas in it at the potato stage.


1 x large saucepan
1 x vegetable peeler

3 tablespoons oil
1 medium onion – finely chopped
1 clove garlic – chopped
1 green chilli – chopped
1 inch / 2.5cm ginger peeled and finely chopped
2 medium potatoes – peeled and cut into smallish chunks
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp turmeric
1 medium cauliflower cut into florets
a dash of lemon juice
a little salt
½ tsp garam masala

Heat the oil and fry the onion, garlic, chillis and ginger until just tender.
Add the potatoes and fry for another 2-3 minutes
Add the spices except for the garam masala, and mix well
Add a tablespoon of water, cover the pot and cook
When the potatoes are al dente add in the cauliflower.
Replace the lid and cook until the cauliflower is just soft
Add a sprinkle of lemon juice, salt and garam masala and stir well
Serve with naan or parathas



Filed under Food, Recipes, Regional

9 responses to “Unfashionable Cauliflower – a retrospective (plus a recipe for Aloo Gobi)

  1. Julie

    Definitely going to try this and add it to my repotoire!
    We usually just have Cauliflower Cheese or Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese or Cauliflower, Macaronni and Bacon Cheese
    We Like Cauliflower!
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

  2. Right. That’s it. I have all of these ingredients. Too late for din dins tonight, but hoping to make it for Sunday lunch tomorrow.

  3. I love cauliflower with a roast dinner, but unfortunately I don’t cook many traditional roasts in California. I do however make a mean roast cauliflower quiche – great cold, with a side salad, on a hot day.

  4. Lady B

    We love cauliflower, and like WH we are also doing Atkins, which means that you can’t have potatoes. This is a great shame as the above recipe has me drooling (mind you many things do at the moment) ! What we do at the moment if we have a need for the appearance of potatoes on our plate, is to steam the cauliflower and then mash it with cheese. You get the cauliflower cheese flavour, but it looks like mashed potato – everyone’s a winner.

  5. Penny Beaumont

    We love cauliflower as well. In fact after rabbit casserole, cauliflower cheese is my favourite comfort food. Vinogirl your roast cauli quiche sounds intrigueing, can I echo the request for the receipt please.

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