For a vegan triumph, try my Indian Cauliflower with Mustard Seeds and Black Pepper. Travelling through India I ate some of the best vegetarian and vegan of my life – by default. I’m by no means a vegetarian, but to eat such considered and diverse meat-free cuisine was a real eye opener. It’s the best way to eat in India and the most common way in the South.
A masterful Vegan dish – you won’t miss the meat!
Indians are masters of vegetarian dishes, all tasty, filling and incredible satisfying. In a town in the South named Trichy I ate at a speciality Dosa restaurant one evening. For those not familiar, Dosas are giant rice pancakes often stuffed with sambals or spiced vegetables. They are amazing to look at, and even more amazing to eat! They typically come served with an array of tiny sides, chutneys and sauces – they are so balanced in flavour. They’re one of my favourite Indian dishes to eat.
In the restaurant I ordered a dosa stuffed with cauliflower or ‘Gobi’. It was a giant coned dosa – like a giganti edible traffic cone, inside was the gobi masala – fried cauliflower with mustard, onion, curry leaves and all manner of tasty spices. It was one of those dishes that stay with you for the rest of your life! I couldn’t have asked for it to be any tastier. A wonderful, complex melding of spice and texture.
A healthy Indian Recipe
I love cauliflower at the best of times, but it was elevated like nothing else I’ve tasted in this preparation. Meaty, a little crunchy and full of flavour.
I’ve created this dish with the original Indian version in mind and I’ve got to say, it’s pretty delightful! I’m never going to make dosa at home (I tried several times and have ‘kind-of’ succeeded a couple). Dosa are best left to the experts I say or you can follow The Spruce Eat’s Easy to Make Dosa Recipe if you’re feeling adventurous. Instead, I generally serve mine with simple chapati or paratha and a bunch of store bought chutney’s and sambals. If you can find coconut chutney – you MUST! I could eat it by the bucket.
So, to make this delicious vegetarian dish which can act as a main course, a lunch or a side dish to other Indian dishes, like my South Indian Salmon Curry or Bengali Fish Curry or even my Sri Lankan Green Masala Shrimp.
It’s a glorious celebration of the Cauliflower. A wonderful healthy Indian recipe.