Cauliflower is a vegetable in the Brassica oleracea species, which includes cabbage, broccoli and kale. Most of the Cauliflower vegetable is edible, but most people just prefer the head which is formed of flower stalks. The head of a cauliflower is usually white but can also come in purple and green as well.
Cauliflower is a very versatile vegetable and can be roasted, mashed, stewed, stir-fried or boiled, used in soups, or gratins or eaten raw.
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Ingredients (serves 6):
- 1 cauliflower, broken into large florets
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 small onions, peeled, halved and finely sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 green chilli, de-seeded and chopped
- 3cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 3 cardamom pods, bashed
- 350g small potatoes, quartered
- 250g natural whole yogurt
- 1.5 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 small handful fresh coriander
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and fry the onion until just golden. While the onion is cooking pound the garlic, chilli and ginger with a pinch of salt until they form a paste.
- Tip in the rest of the spices and stir until the mustard seeds start to pop. Add the potatoes and cauliflower, and fry, stirring frequently, for five minutes, so that the vegetables are well coated with the spice mixture.
- Pour in 400ml of water, bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
- In a bowl whisk together the yogurt, tomato puree and some of the hot cooking liquid. Remove the curry from the heat, stir in the yogurt mixture, return the pan to the heat and warm through gently. Stir in most of the coriander, add pepper to taste, and serve scattered with the remaining coriander.
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Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, and is a good source of folates and other phytochemicals linked to good health. It’s also low in calories and high in fibre.
Potatoes are a nutritious and filling starchy food; low in fat and a source of vitamin C and fibre.
|-||Energy||607kJ / 144kcal||7%|
per 200g serving
% of an adult's reference intake
Typical values per 100g: Energy 302kJ / 72kcal
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