We are kicking off our chef’s recipe series with Victoria Shore’s Curried Cauliflower!
This recipe was inspired by the curried chicken salad that Victoria’s dad made for her school lunches. Lightly spicy, warm indian curry powder balances the crunchy celery, sweet raisins and apples. Cauliflower is the perfect canvas for these bold flavors. Serve warm with pork or chicken, or make a big batch and use for vegetarian sandwiches or grain bowls throughout the week!
CURRIED CAULIFLOWER - GF, V
Servings: 6-8 — PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES — COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES
1 head of cauliflower
2 Tbsp curry powder*, more if you ‘like it hot’, less if you prefer a milder version
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 apple, preferably granny smith, or a similarly tart variety
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup sliced almonds
Juice of one lemon
3 celery stalks
Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
Trim the cauliflower, removing the leaves and any green stems from the bottom. Carefully cut the florets into bite-sized pieces, and all roughly the same size.
In a bowl large whisk the curry powder, salt and olive oil to create a paste. Add the cauliflower florets to the bowl and toss with your curry paste, working it in to make sure you evenly coat.
Line a baking tray with parchment or foil (saves time on cleanup!). Tip the cauliflower out of the bowl onto the baking tray and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender, but not mushy (may take longer, depending on your oven).
While the cauliflower is roasting, cut your apple and celery into small chunks, a little larger than the raisins. Toss the raisins, apple, and celery with the lemon juice and set aside.
When the cauliflower is done, let it cool slightly on the pan, and then move it to a bowl (if you want to use the same bowl from before, rinse it first - raw curry powder is not delicious). Add the raisins, apple, celery and almonds to the baked cauliflower and toss to combine. Taste and season with a little more salt or add lemon juice based on your taste preferences - it’s your thing!
*Look for an Indian style, sweet curry powder. Most grocery stores carry a generic “curry powder” that should work. Check the ingredients, you want one with a good amount of turmeric, cumin and coriander. Other goodies to look for are fenugreek, ginger, nutmeg, fennel, cinnamon, white & black pepper, cardamom, cloves and cayennE.
make a big batch and use for vegetarian sandwiches or grain bowls throughout the week!