Recipe: Cauliflower Curry

A great place to start if you've never attempted a curry before

  • place PRE 20 minutes
  • place COOK 35 - 45 minutes
  • place SERVES 4
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If you’ve never attempted a curry, this is a great place to start. I leave the chilli out because I’m sensitive to it, but for an authentic Indian flavour add as much as you enjoy.

As my children are picky, I tend to use a handheld blender to process the chopped tomato, so no tomato pieces are visible – but the flavour is still there.


  • Toast the spice powders in a small frying pan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until they darken slightly and become fragrant (about 1 minute). Remove from the pan and set aside.

  • Heat 3 tbsp oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions and potatoes and cook, stirring constantly, until onions are caramelised and potatoes are golden brown on edges, about 10 minutes. (Reduce heat to medium if the onions darken too quickly).

  • Reduce heat to medium. Clear the centre of the pan and add remaining tbsp oil, garlic, ginger, chilli (if using), and tomato paste; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add toasted spices and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute.

  • Add cauliflower and cook, stirring constantly, until spices coat florets, about 2 minutes longer. Add tomatoes, water, and chickpeas. Increase heat to medium-high and bring mixture to boil, scraping the bottom of the pan with to loosen browned bits. Cover and reduce heat to medium.

  • Simmer briskly, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, 10 - 15 minutes. Stir in peas and coconut milk; cook until heated through, about 2 minutes longer. Adjust seasoning with salt and serve with rice.


2 tbsp curry powder (sweet or mild)
1 ½ tsp garam masala
60ml vegetable oil
2 medium onions, chopped fine
2-3 potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1 cm
3 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 tbsp )
1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
1 – 1 ½ chilli peppers, ribs, seeds, and flesh minced (optional)
1 tbsp tomato paste
½ medium head cauliflower, trimmed, cored, and cut into 2 cm florets
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
300ml water
1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Salt to taste
225g frozen peas
60ml coconut milk

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