Cauliflower bhaji

By | August 18, 2016

I wrote down another of my mother’s recipes for Operation: Try to enjoy cooking, eh? Today’s dish stars the tasty cauliflower. As much as I like this vegetable, I can’t get excited about it because I don’t spell it right. I know that’s petty. The taste is pretty good though and I think that’s what most normal people care about when they eat.


Ingredients for Cauliflower bhaji

I couldn’t find the pretty glass bowls to measure out the turmeric and salt, but here’s a spice “dabba” (box).

1 medium cauliflower

2-3 cloves of garlic

2-3 medium tomatoes

An inch of ginger

Some hot peppers to taste


1/4 tsp of turmeric

1/4 tsp of cumin seeds

1/4 tsp of mustard seeds

salt to taste

Before putting in the cauliflower

Right before I throw in the cauliflower


  1. Dice the garlic and peppers. Shred the ginger. Cut the cauliflower.
  2. Heat a few teaspoons of oil in a pan.
  3. Add in the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  4. Let cook until the mustard seeds start “popping.”
  5. Throw in the diced garlic and the shredded ginger.
  6. Let cook.
  7. Throw in the tomatoes.
  8. Let cook.
  9. Add in the salt and turmeric.
  10. Throw in the cauliflower.
  11. Let cook.
  12. Enjoy with thecha and yogurt and rice.
  13. If you want your cauliflower dish a little more watery, put the lid on the pan and let it cook for a few minutes.
  14. If you want your cauliflower a little dryer, put the heat on high and let it cook for a few minutes.
Cauliflower bhaji with cilantro

Throw on a bit of cilantro because, why not? Oh, because you have that gene that makes you think it tastes like soap? Sad. Here.

Cauliflower bhaji without cilantro

Acceptable Alterations

  1. Pretty much everyone else in the entire world will add peas and/or potatoes.
  2. Use chili pepper if you don’t have hot peppers.


The cauliflower costs about $2.00 on sale at the local grocery store and the spices are an additional few pennies. The garlic, the tomatoes and the peppers all came from my parent’s garden. Delicious, thrifty and magical.

10 thoughts on “Cauliflower bhaji

  1. Mary Ann

    Looks wonderful, I’ve been wanting to add cauliflower to my diet. Thanks for the recipe, love cilantro!

  2. Cathy

    This looks amazingly delicious!! I will add it to my meal plan. Yum!

  3. Simon Kenton

    I will stipulate to your statement that pretty much everyone else in the world would contaminate this pleasant and inoffensive dish with peas, but the thought fills me with horror and the wrong type of shivers. Peas! If only there were some way to dry them, uniform their diameters, and use them as low-load ball bearings, that would be their highest and best use in this life.


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