Roasted Curried Cauliflower

I can think of no better way to cook or eat cauliflower than this.

Yes, that’s a bold statement.

Cauliflower can be a little meek, a little…boring.  I’ve never met anyone who craves it, or who proudly asserts “I love cauliflower!”

Even if you do love cauliflower (you rare person, you), I’m sure you’d love to see a fresh take on it.

Leave it to the folks at Martha Stewart to give cauliflower a big pop of flavor without too much work.

It’s as easy as turning the oven on, giving it a little rub down with big flavor, and a little roasting time for something really special.  I made this roasted curried cauliflower as a side dish, but ended up snacking on it a little, then a little more…and it never really made it to the plate.

I love how the curry powder turns the white cauliflower a cheery yellow, and how roasting it browns the edges and makes it slightly nutty.

My new favorite.  Now I can say I crave cauliflower.

Roasted Curried Cauliflower
From Martha Stewart

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
3/4 teaspoon curry powder
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 large head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into large florets
Nonstick olive-oil cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, stir together oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry powder, and salt.

Add the cauliflower, tossing to coat thoroughly with spice mixture.

Arrange cauliflower in a single layer on prepared sheet.

Roast until florets are browned on bottom and tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 35 minutes.

Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 10


  1. Posted November 6, 2010 at 10:36 AM | Permalink

    hi there, our pictures are neighbours on foodgawker and i just wanted to say hallo. you cauliflower makes me mouthwatering. i think i’ll do make it soon.

  2. Posted November 7, 2010 at 6:18 AM | Permalink

    Cauliflower is so often overlooked and this is a great recipe to highlight it. I love it.

    I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new vegetarian photo gallery showcasing the best vegetarian dishes and recipes on the web.

  3. Posted November 7, 2010 at 4:52 PM | Permalink

    I am one of those that loves cauliflower. I often roast it just drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper. It’s addicting.

    I will definitely try this recipe.

  4. Kemi
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 10:10 PM | Permalink

    Are Cumin and mustard seeds whole or ground?

  5. Anna
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM | Permalink

    So I bookmarked this last week since i had a head of cauliflower in my fridge… just made it today. actually i’m eating it now. i changed the recipe a bit just bc of what i had on hand, but man oh man, this really got me to eat my veggies. i upped it to two tbsp olive oil, used ground cumin and ground mustard, and i didnt have nonstick spray so just greased the 13×9 pan with olive oil. Also kept it in for an extra 5 ins bc i like it browned 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! I’ll def make this again, prob for a family dinner as a side dish… if i feel like sharing that is.

  6. Posted November 26, 2010 at 1:07 PM | Permalink

    Since I’m one of those rare people who actually love cauliflower, guess I’m gonna have to give this a try. Soon! Love your blog 🙂

  7. Posted November 27, 2010 at 3:24 PM | Permalink

    oh this looks great my fav dish with cauliflower is aloo gobi

  8. Posted May 26, 2011 at 2:30 PM | Permalink

    I just made up a batch of curry powder and I’m taking it on a test drive with this recipe. Thanks for posting. I left out the chili powder in hopes that the kid will eat it. Wish me luck!
    : )

  9. Posted May 26, 2011 at 5:30 PM | Permalink

    They are whole. Adds a nice crunch!

  10. Posted May 26, 2011 at 5:30 PM | Permalink


    Good luck! 🙂

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