Spiced Cauliflower Tadka Purée is a simple recipe that can be used as a complement to any entrée. My family gets tired of rice and potatoes because they tend to be heavy and starchy. Substituting Cauliflower Tadka Purée is a healthy replacement any night of the week.

Cauliflower Tadka Puree

Cauliflower Tadka Purée is a delicious vegetarian cauliflower recipe that is flavored with roasted Indian spices commonly used in a tadka preparation.

Cauliflower is a very popular vegetable in Indian cuisine. It can be the main ingredient or be added for its flavor and texture in a more complex recipe. It is also found in many rice dishes like Chicken Biryani and Uppuma.

This recipe incorporates familiar Indian spices and flavorful garlic and shallots with the purity of steamed cauliflower for a delicious side dish. It is puréed to make it a simple comfort food that highlights the entrée with which it is served.

Cauliflower Tadka Purée with Chicken

Cauliflower Tadka Purée with Spiced Chicken

 

This recipe can be served with Crab Cutlets, Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Roast Spiced Chicken, Balti Chicken Curry, Roasted Stuffed Eggplant and many other recipes on KachisKitchen.com.

For a delicious vegetarian meal try this Cauliflower and Chickpea Stuffed Tomato recipe. It is a great summer treat that pairs fresh tomatoes with cauliflower and chickpeas to create a light and tasty dish. It can be served as the main dish at lunch or as a side dish at dinner.

Stuffed tomatoes are easy to make and look spectacular on the plate. I start with the freshest, reddest tomatoes I can find. Depending on the size of the tomatoes you select, the serving size will vary. If you want a larger serving, select beefsteak tomatoes. Roma tomatoes should not be used since they are so small and their shape does not let them stand up well.

The filling is made with small cauliflower florets and chickpeas that are cooked in seasoned oil. The spices turn the filling a deep yellow which contrasts with the red of the tomato. The filling is simply scooped into the cavity of the tomato and topped with a bit of Parmesan cheese.

The stuffed tomatoes are roasted in the oven until the tomato is just cooked and warm throughout.

Serving a Cauliflower and Chickpea Stuffed Tomato on a plate by itself with a light, crisp chardonnay is a perfect recipe for lunch!

I created a version of a traditional vegetarian recipe that Kachi makes as recipe of the month that I call for Roasted Spiced Cauliflower. Since this is originally a recipe from Kerala, I though it would be a great pick to continue with the theme of my trip across South India. 

In this recipe I pan fry onion, garlic and ginger with several spices to make the seasonings then roast a head of cauliflower with spices. I layer the flavors together when I add the seasonings to the cauliflower to create a delicious side dish for any vegetarian or non-vegetarian meal. It can be served as part of a multi-dish meal or simply served with rice or chapati. It is a great pick to supplement any meal especially when you need a quick side dish. 

Roasted Spiced Cauliflower is a delicious vegetarian dish that is easy to make.

Roasted Spiced Cauliflower is a delicious vegetarian dish that is easy to make.

I hope you enjoy this easy Indian recipe for Roasted Spiced Cauliflower as much as my family does!

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This month I selected a really easy but healthy vegetarian Indian recipe for Cauliflower Uppuma as recipe of the month. The key ingredient in this recipe is cream of wheat but I have added some vegetables (cauliflower and tomato) to the onion, garlic and spices so I can feel like I am following my diet. With only three steps: fry the cream of wheat, cook the vegetables with the spices and mix it all together, anyone can
make this tasty recipe the first time.

 

This dish will please everyone in your family including those who have never eaten Indian food before. Since it is not spicy hot in the least so it is a great option to serve for breakfast or lunch. I have to admit that I do like it for a light dinner as well. In India, it is served as a snack at teatime with red or green coconut chutney.

 

Cauliflower Uppuma is a healthy Indian vegetarian recipe that can be served as a snack or an entree.

Cauliflower Uppuma is a healthy Indian vegetarian recipe that can be served as a snack or an entree.

 

 

My husband used to make this Cauliflower Uppuma recipe for many of our weekend brunches after we were first married. At that time he wanted to impress me that he knew how to cook Indian food. It took me a while but I finally figured out that this dish is incredibly easy to make and the variations are easy too.

 

I hope you enjoy this Indian Cauliflower Uppuma recipe of the month. Please let me know how yours turns out!

 

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I buy my groceries at different stores depending on what I need to buy. I usually buy fresh produce at Market Street or Central Market while I buy supplies and packaged goods from Wal-Mart or Target.  The last few times I was in my favorite Indian grocery stores to pick up spices, I purchased some of their vegetables so I wouldn’t have to make additional stops. Each time I was stunned when the storeowner rang up the sale and gave me a total that was less than I expected! The prices for common items in Indian food like red onions, eggplant, cauliflower, ginger and garlic were far lower than those in chain stores.

 

I purchased the items below at the New Diamond Grocers, Wal-Mart and Central Market. I included Wal-Mart because it is reported to be the low price leader and Central Market because it is a high priced foodie haven owned by HEB. (I have to admit that I absolutely love the wide variety of the most beautiful food options they provide and shop here often.) Here is what I found:

 

Item New Diamond Grocers Wal-Mart Central Market
Cauliflower 1.99 ea 2.78 ea 2.99 ea
Eggplant 1.45/lb 1.78/lb 1.78/lb
Fresh garlic 1.49/lb 2.78/lb

2.50/lb

(.50/head)

Fresh ginger .99/lb 2.38/lb 1.99/lb
Green onions

.11/oz

(.33/3 oz)

.23/oz

(1.14/5 oz)

.35/oz

(.69 – 5 ea)

Okra 2.49/lb NA 2.99/lb
Red onions .69/lb 1.45/lb 1.79/lb
Roma tomatoes .99/lb 1.14/lb 1.49/lb

 

 

On average, the prices at New Diamond Grocers was 39% lower than Wal-Mart 40% lower than Central Market. This difference is amazing. By purchasing basic fresh produce from your local store, you can definitely make a positive impact on your budget!

 

My next money saving quest will be to see how much I can save on dried spices. That may be a no brainer.

 

Instead of waiting until Small Business Saturday why not help out the small mom and pop stores all year long!
 

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