Spicy Curry Cauliflower Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes



  • 1 large head, cut into florets


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or neutral oil


  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder (hot or mild depending on your preference)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for heat)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated

Flavor Boosters

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (optional, for creaminess)


  • Chopped fresh cilantro


  • Prep the cauliflower: Rinse and cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets.
  • Toast spices: Heat the oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and toast for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Sauté aromatics: Add the onion, garlic, and ginger. Sauté for 5 minutes, or until the onion softens.
  • Add spices: Stir in the curry powder, ground coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Cook for 1 minute to release the spice flavors.
  • Add cauliflower and tomatoes: Add the cauliflower and diced tomatoes with their juices. Stir to combine.
  • Simmer: Pour in the vegetable broth (or water) and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.
  • Optional – Add richness: If desired, stir in the coconut milk for a creamier texture.
  • Season and serve: Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve hot, ideally over rice or with naan bread.

Tips and Customization:

  • Vary the vegetables: Add chopped carrots, potatoes, or bell peppers along with the cauliflower.
  • Boost the protein: Stir in cooked chickpeas or lentils for added protein.
  • Fresh vs. canned tomatoes: If you have fresh ripe tomatoes, feel free to substitute them.
  • Heat level: Adjust the amount of cayenne to your spice tolerance.

Enjoy your spicy cauliflower curry!


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