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Cauliflower with Besan

29 Oct

cauliflower_besan
Cauliflower with Besan.

Cauliflower is boiled or steamed till slightly soft. Besan / Senagapindi is toasted till golden brown and other spices and herbs are mixed with it. Oil is tempered with spices and cauliflower is briefly fried on high flame with prepared besan and spices mixture. Once the cauliflower absorbs all the flavors, it is served with steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Cauliflower with Besan.

Ingredients:

Cauliflower 1 Small
Besan / Gram Flour 3 – 4 Tbsps
Amchur Powder 1/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/4 tsp
Red Chile Powder 1/2 tsp
Ajwain a big Pinch
Cilantro few Sprigs
Salt to taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Wash and finely chop cilantro.

Cut off the leaves and hard stem, break cauliflower into small florets and thoroughly wash them under running water.
Bring to boil few cups of water, add cauliflower florets and a big pinch of salt.
Boil till cauliflower turns just soft and strain the cooked cauliflower.
Alternatively, steam the washed cauliflower florets.

Heat a pan on low heat, add besan and fry till raw smell of the besan is gone and it turns golden brown in color.
Remove the toasted besan onto a bowl.
Add amchur powder, turmeric powder, red chile powder, ajwain, cilantro and salt to the besan powder and mix well.

Heat oil in a pan, add all other talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add cauliflower florets and besan mixture.
Add a splash of water if necessary to allow the besan powder to stick to the cauliflower florets.
Stir fry till the cauliflower is completely coated and starts to turn brown around the edges.
Remove from heat and serve cauliflower with besan over steamed rice or wrapped in roti.
Notes: Make sure not to over cook the cauliflower.

Suggestions: If cauliflower is not cooked properly, add few tablespoons of water to the curry and cook it covered on low flame till done.
Variations: You can also check the varieties made with cauliflower here.
Other Names: Cauliflower with Besan.