Wednesday, 13 July 2011

I am a flower...

Cauliflower is one of the vegetables most people dont feel much affection for. Its neither convincing in its looks nor is the taste favoured by everyone.

If you are also one of those, who believe, the vegetable tastes boring, try the following recipe. You might still not call it your favourite but itll atleast convince you of its unique and different significance. Served with freshly baked home-made bread and a spicy balsamic chicken, this cauliflower dish can add a uniquely delicious dimension to your menu.

Cauliflowers with Olives


1 medium sized cauliflower
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp garlic paste
2 chopped onions
1 cup chopped tomatoes  (I use canned)
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1 - 2  marinated bell peppers (I used the store bought, those with a bit tangy flavour)
1/2 cup roughly chopped olives
1/2 tsp pizza spices
salt and crushed pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
1/4 tsp chili flakes
1/2 cup grated cheese
fresh parsley to garnish

Blanch the cauliflower in salted water for 4-5 minutes. Tip: Add a few drops of lemon juice and half cube of chicken stock for extra flavour).

Drain and place aside.

Heat oil in a skillet. Fry the onions and garlic paste in it until translucent.

Add the chopped bell pepper, tomatoes and the spices. Tip: If you dont know where to find the ready-made marinated bell pepper jars, either leave it or try roasting one red pepper coated with olive oil in the oven, peel off the blackened skin and sprinkle with few drops of lemon juice and venigar.

Fry for a few minutes on medium heat. Them add in the chopped olives.

Add in the blanched cauliflower and fry further for two minutes.

Once the sauce has coated well on the cauliflower, turn off the heat and transfer into an oven proof dish.

Sprinkle grated cheese on top. And bake in preheated oven (200C) until the cheese starts melting.

Garnish with parsely and serve hot with bread.

For the bread, make the dough following the recipe given in the link. Once the dough has doubled, knead it again. Roll out on a plain surface dusted with flour. Tranfer onto a baking tray lined with parchament paper.

Cut out small holes using any round cutter or a clean bottle lid.

Brush with beaten egg yolk/white for a nice golden top.

Bake in the preheated oven (200C) until golden brown on top.

Serve hot!!!!!

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