Last week I posted on my Top 5 Brassicas and after everyone’s enthusiasm for all things cauliflower I feel its only right that this weeks Top 5 should be about that very vegetable. So with no further ado these are my Top 5 cauliflower dishes.
1. Aloo Gobi – How could number 1 be anything else? After all, the fate of many marriages in the Punjab apparently rest on the ability to cook a decent aloo gobi, or so the hero of Bend it Like Beckham’s mother would have us believe. Bend it Like Beckham is a film which is unique, I think, in being about soccer but also having the director show us how to cook aloo gobi in one of the extras on the DVD.
2. Spicy Cauliflower with Ginger – And because they really do know how to cook cauliflower on the sub-continent my Number 2 dish is also Indian. I really like the combination of cauliflower and ginger – really, really good.
3. Cauliflower Risotto – I love this risotto, I love the cauliflower taste of the rice and how the breadcrumb adds a fabulous contrasting texture, really really good and there is some possibility the kids might even eat it.
4. Fried with Tahini sauce – Decadent I know but if you fry it in olive oil then its not so bad is it???? Separate the cauliflower into florets, dust with flour (either plain or besam works well) and fry until golden brown in hot oil. To make the tahini sauce combine tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt and extra virgin olive oil with a bit of water. Blitz together. Parsley also works well in this if you feel so inclined.
5. Pakoras – And back we go to the sub-continent, or perhaps the middle east depending on the recipe: either way mixing cauliflower with spices, besam (chickpea flour) and then deep frying it is absolutely lovely.
Oh and throwing some cauliflower in to roast along with your chicken is really really good too- it takes up the lovely chicken flavour, along with a bit of the fat – Yum! That was my Top 5, what would make yours?
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