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Indian-Inspired Roasted Cauliflower with Almonds and Lemon

Posted in Sides by Janet M on February 27, 2014

Indian-Inspired Roasted Cauliflower with Almonds and Lemon
Do you pay attention to the predicted food trends? Vaishali’s post about  tapping into google trends sent my head spinning.

I pay more attention to the trends in my own kitchen. 2011 was year of the bean, but we all know that never stopped. 2012 was probably the year of curry, and that hasn’t let up, either. 2013 definitely focused on quick and easy meals and potluck-friendly foods. If I had to pick an ingredient of choice from last year, it was probably kimchi. It lends to quick and easy meals by offering a lot of flavour!

I can not claim that any of these are mainstream trends. Nor do I really care. One trend I am enjoying, though, is the “Cauliflower is the New Kale” bandwagon. Cauliflower is very versatile and I feel like I am being inundated with all.things.cauliflower (so many pins!).

Continuing with my simple recipes (2013 trend), Indian-spiced (2012 curry trend) with this year’s cauliflower love, I present to you a fun cauliflower side dish. It actually reminds me of the dish I learned to love cauliflower (and convinced my parents as well!): Roasted Cauliflower with Dukkah. However, this recipe is a bit different in that you pre-cook your cauliflower (steam it, boil it, your choice), and sear it with freshly toasted cumin and coriander with almonds. Only then do you roast it. Because you have partially cooked it already, you don’t have to worry about burning your spices. The final cauliflower is a mix of textures from the crumbly almonds and coarsely ground spices. Finish it with a squirt of lemon juice and you have a well-balanced vegetable side. Just be careful not to eat the whole recipe at once.

What do you think about food trends? Happy to see cauliflower in the spotlight?

Indian-Inspired Roasted Cauliflower with Almonds and Lemon

This is my submission to this month’s Bookmarked Recipes.

PS. The winner for No Meat Athlete is Dilek.

Indian-Inspired Roasted Cauliflower with Almonds and Lemon
Adapted from Jamie Oliver

4-5 cups chopped cauliflower
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp Aleppo chile flakes
1/4 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
zest and juice of half a lemon

1. Preheat your oven to 400F.

2. Get some water boiling to either boil your cauliflower or steam it. Once it is ready, steam/boil it for 4 minutes. Drain and allow it to air dry. Add to a large bowl and toss with the coconut oil (it should melt to allow good coverage).

3. Meanwhile, in a large oven-proof  skillet over medium heat, dry toast the cumin and coriander seeds until toasted and fragrant. Remove from heat and grind in a spice grinder.

4. Add chopped almonds to the large skillet and stir until lightly toasted. Add the toasted spices and Aleppo chile flakes. Stir for a few seconds, until fragrant and lightly browned. Add oil-coated cauliflower to the pan and sprinkle with salt. Stir well and allow the cauliflower to lightly brown. Squeeze in lemon juice and sprinkle zest overtop. Stir well, deglazing any browned bits, and saute for another minute. Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.

Serves 4 as a side.

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  1. heathergfc said, on February 27, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    I’d be happy to have a cauliflower year. I’m not a fan of cauliflower, but I’ve enjoyed several cauliflower recipes lately including cauliflower pizza crust. Keep them coming!

  2. Johanna GGG said, on February 27, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    looks great – I like to see the food trends but honestly I don’t really keep up that much and find myself way behind because I am often following my own drum or just trying to catch up with last year’s trends that fascinates me – I do love how cauliflower seems to be everywhere – it is such a great veg

  3. Rob said, on February 27, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    2014! Year of the taco!!

  4. sprint2thetable said, on February 27, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    I have a full-on cauliflower addiction. From pancakes to pizza crust, I put that sh*t in everything. ;)

    I need to try this – I had something similar at a Food & Wine lunch last week and wanted to recreate ti. Perfect timing!

  5. Alissa said, on February 27, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    I’m thrilled about the cauliflower trend! I never realized I liked the stuff that much, having grown up eating plain soggy boiled cauliflower. Now I’m seeing and trying all kinds of delicious new ways to prepare cauliflower and realizing that it’s actually pretty awesome. This recipe looks great – I can’t wait to give it a try :)

  6. The New Loaf said, on February 27, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Maybe it is a cauliflower year? Not knowing that at all, the last thing I made was a cauliflower curry. Couldn’t just be coincidence – must be some larger destiny pointing to cauliflower at play ;)

  7. Eileen said, on February 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    I actually think food trends are pretty annoying, because I read a lot of foodblogs–and when a lot of people follow trends, their posts are all the same! It gets old really fast. Instead, I mostly try to write about a good variety of the things I’m cooking, and keep it seasonal and approachable. That’s all. Anyway, cauliflower never went out of style at our house. This sounds so good–I would absolutely add some spicy dal and make it a meal. :)

  8. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts said, on February 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    New uses for cauliflower are always welcome here, although I’ll never be able to view it as the new kale (I grew up with cauliflower several times a week!) :) I love your inclusion of almonds and lemon tones in this dish.

  9. cookeasyvegan said, on February 27, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I don’t pay much serious attention to food trends, though sometimes it seems like every blog is suddenly featuring the same recipe! I think cauliflower has been trending in my kitchen for years, but the real upstart this year has been Aleppo pepper flakes. Ever since I randomly picked up a jar at Penzy’s, it’s been going in everything.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on February 27, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      As you probably know, I love Aleppo peppers. I discovered them a few years ago when I travelled to Turkey and have been smitten ever since. They go in pretty much everything I make. :)

  10. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on February 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    I am loving that cauliflower is having it’s moment. I was never a huge fan of it, back when I thought all you could do with it is steam it. But now, oh how that has changed! I adore it, especially roasted :)

  11. coconutandberries said, on March 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Hurrah for cauliflower! It’s proving to be a much more versatile than I anticipated. I don’t follow food trends per se but they usually take the blogosphere by storm so they’re not hard to catch on to!
    I really like the look of this dish. I love roasted cauli and cauli in Indian curries but have never combined the 2.

  12. Hannah said, on March 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    The hilarious things about North American food “trends” is that it always seems to be things we’ve been eating i Australia for a long time. Well, actually, maybe that’s a lie. Australia didn’t invent the cronut or peanut butter in everything, so I should shut up. But I was definitely eating curry and roasted cauliflower since I can remember. Okay, shut up Hannah, you aren’t interesting at all.

  13. Joanne said, on March 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    I am definitely happy to see cauliflower in the spotlight…if only because the.boy likes it more than kale so he will more likely to eat it lol! Love this Indian-spiced up dish!

  14. Deborah Smikle-Davis said, on March 2, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    What an amazing way to add more zip and robust flavor to my steamed cauliflower! I can’t wait to try your recipe. My family will thank you. So glad I found your recipe and your awesome blog on Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m subscribing, following and sharing too. All the best, Deborah

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  16. Herbivore Triathlete said, on March 5, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    I love cauliflower. And curry. And almonds. This looks fabulous! I don’t really pay attention to food trends, I just eat what I like. :-)

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  20. Anne said, on May 12, 2014 at 5:14 AM

    I have fallen in love with roasted cauliflower and I love the sound of the almond addition in yours, will be definitely trying!


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