Monday, November 14, 2011

Roasted Cumin Cauliflower & Charmoula

The cauliflower is possibly underrated in many ways despite its offerings of versatility and taste.   As an excellent source of Vitamins C and K, a good source of vitamin B6, folate, fibre, manganese and omega 3 fatty acids the cauliflower is possibly a "must get into more" food.  To make the most of cauliflowers vitamin C content consider adding raw florets to salads or as a side to dips however, if lightly steamed is your preference then pureed cauliflower makes a nice substitute for mashed potatoes.  My personal preference is lightly roasted as above with a splash of olive oil and seasoning.  

Roasted Cumin Cauliflower & Charmoula
Serves 4 or 6 as a side

1 cauliflower, separated into small florets
3 Tbs Cold Pressed Olive Oil
1 ½ tsp cumin seeds
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 185 degrees celcius
Separate the cauliflower into small florets
Place in a large bowl along with the cumin seeds and garlic
Add olive oil and work through with hands to evenly coat the cauliflower
Place in a large roasting dish and place in oven
Cook for 15 – 20 mins or until slightly tender
Turn oven setting to grill
Continue to cook the cauliflower until a nice golden brown colour is achieved (approx 5 mins)

Charmoula Dressing
Makes 1 jar

Adapted from Alice Hart - Vegetarian

1 small bunch coriander (leaves only)
1 small bunch basil (leaves only)
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
75ml cold pressed olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
2 small garlic cloves crushed
½ tps paprika
1 tsp ras el hanout
1/2 T honey

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped
Add more olive oil if appears to thick and season with cracked black pepper

Keep covered in the fridge for up to one week

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  1. I love cauliflower and I also love the flavours you've combined it with! Delicious!

  2. Charmoula - never heard or tasted... you made me VERY curious and i have to try it. Hmm, I have a lot, lot of cookbooks, but i never read about this sauce. thanks for this delicious and inspiring recipe!

  3. Anonymous15/11/11

    Love cauliflower and love chermoula, haven't tried both together, thanks for the idea!

  4. Mmmm charmoula, delicious, and pairing it with a slightly bland cauliflower is genius!


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