A Work Of Art Steamed Whole Masala Cauliflower

This is ‘the’ recipe I love to make to impress my guests. It’s relatively simple and looks fabulous as a centre piece. It’s great fun watching the guests as they contemplate being the first to dig into this Work Of Art.

The Recipe:

1 whole cauliflower, medium size – soak in enough water to cover the cauliflower for 15 minutes with 1 tsp salt. Drain.
1 tsp jeera seeds; 2 tbsp oil; salt to taste; coriander leaves for garnish; 1/2 cup water.
For Masala 1 medium onion; 2 medium tomatoes; 1 small piece ginger; 3 flakes garlic; 1 tsp coriander powder;1/4 tsp turmeric powder; 1 tsp chilli powder. Grind all these ingredients to a smooth paste.

Steam cauliflower for 15 to 20 minutes until skewer or fork can be easily inserted into the cauliflower. Keep warm on serving dish.

Heat oil in a nonstick pan and add the jeera seeds. Lower flame when they begin to sputter and add the ground masala. Stir fry till the masala leaves the sides of the pan and the oil begins to ooze out. This will take a few minutes. Add salt to taste. Now stir in the water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 minute and pour over the cauliflower. Scatter the coriander leaves around the cauliflower. Let the masala seep into the cauliflower before serving as a side dish for dinner.

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