Whole Tandoori Cauliflower or Gobhi

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If you are looking for a show stopper dish, this is it. It has such a good presentation that whoever looks at it has only one word – Wow. Try it out on your next get together and get ready for compliments. I came across this recipe at Show me the Curry and it was love at first sight. And when I finally made it, I knew this love would last. You must try it out yourself to believe me.

The best thing is you can just serve the whole dish as an appetizer with a chutney or dip on the side or add some sautéed onion and tomatoes to go with it and serve as a dry dish, Or make a curry and dip the whole Cauliflower in it to make a meal. Either way, it looks and tastes awesome.

Choose your style and lets get cooking.

Ingredients:

Cauliflower – 1 whole, medium size

Greek Yogurt or hung curd – 1 cup

Garlic – 4 cloves, minced

Ginger paste – 1 tbsp

Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp.

Salt to Taste

Oil – 1 tbsp

Tandoori Masala * – 2 tbsp. (Feel free to increase or decrease the quantity per your preference )

Onions – 2 medium, finely sliced

Tomatoes – 2 medium, chopped

Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp

Red chilly powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt to taste

Amchur or Mango Powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 1 tbsp (This is to Sautee the masala)

Method:

  1. Cut out the leaves and stalk of the cauliflower and wash it well under running water. Make sure to keep the shape. Let the gobhi dry for sometime to make sure the marinade sticks to it.
  2. In a bowl mix the hung yogurt, ginger and garlic, lemon juice, salt, 1 tbsp. oil and the Tandoori masala.
  3. Apply a thick coat all over the cauliflower making sure to cover it well and also in between for the flavors to blend in completely.
  4. Place the cauliflower to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour, more if time permits.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet and place your cauliflower and bake for about 45 minutes, till tender.
  6. Broil/Grill for the last few minutes to get a nice brown golden color on your dish.
  7. While the cauliflower is baking, lets make the onion tomato masala to go on the side.
  8. Heat the 1 tbsp. oil in a skillet and add in the onions. Cook them for a few minutes till nicely brown.
  9. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for about 2 – 3 minutes till the tomatoes are nicely mashed.
  10. Now add in the salt, garam masala, chilly powder, coriander powder and the mango powder. Mix well. Add a little water if needed.
  11. That’s it. Your masala is ready. Take out the baked Gobhi or cauliflower on a serving platter and spread this masala on the side. Garnish with cilantro or mint leaves. Enjoy

*  Notes:

Here is how you can make your own tandoori masala

Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp

Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp

Cumin Seeds – 2 tsp

Nutmeg Powder – 1/2 tsp

Black pepper Corns – 1 tsp

Whole Cloves – 1 tsp

Cinnamon Stick – 1 inch piece

Paprika – 1 tsp

Red color – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Roast all these spices in a pan for a few minutes until fragrant and ground to a fine powder. Use as needed.

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So here in a interesting and beautiful dish for your next party. Do give it a try and let me know if you like it.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Love, Ritu. 🙂

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks super luscious Ritu….

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation.

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  2. Quite a different dish ! Looks really tempting , Ritu 🙂

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    1. So glad you liked it. Thanks so much

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  3. I never though cauliflower could look so tempting.
    I have nominated you for the “Sisterhood of the World” Bloggers Award. Please check it out. 🙂
    https://smilingnotes.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/nominated-for-the-sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. And a bigger thanks for the nomination. I am honored.

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  4. You are welcome! You deserve the award 🙂

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    1. Thank you. You are too kind 😄

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  5. Linda Creation says:

    Divine

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  6. Hahaha “I knew this love would last”
    That was great. and this dish looks so good!!

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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Lakshmi says:

    Love the recipe Ritu, will try on 11/26 Thanksgiving! Thanks!

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    1. My pleasure. Good luck. Thanks for stopping by.

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