Masala Cauliflower

cauliflower coated with indian spices

cauliflower coated with indian spices

Cauliflower is kind of magical. It has this amazing ability to soak up flavor. When you cook it with Indian spices, it sops up all that masala goodness and when you take a bite, you taste it. These sweet little cauliflower florets are coated in a savory masala made with cumin, fennel, ginger, garlic, coriander and garam masala. Ripe tomatoes add a touch of sweetness to this relatively spicy dish.

I can’t get enough of this masala cauliflower (gobi). It’s so incredibly delicious. Whenever I make this dish, my husband will without fail tell me that he liked the cauliflower better than anything else on his plate. I never really know how to take his “compliment,” but I know he means well, so I always let it slide.

If you like aloo gobi (a popular Indian dish which translates to potato cauliflower), then you’re definitely going to love this masala gobi. You can add potatoes, sweet potatoes, whatever you want to this recipe, but I prefer making it with cauliflower alone.

a different way to enjoy cauliflower

a different way to enjoy cauliflower

There is one ingredient listed below that may be tricky to find: kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves). You can find dried fenugreek leaves at any Indian grocery store or on amazon. Kasoori or Kasuri methi leaves are known to have a slightly bitter taste, but when you use them in small amounts it can help enhance the flavor of your dish. I think this ingredient really adds something special to the dish – makes it more “restaurant-like.”

For those who haven’t had Indian style cauliflower before, well, if you’re looking for an interesting way to eat cauliflower, you’ve found it friends.

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Masala Cauliflower (Masala Gobi)
  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tbs olive oil (or fat of choice)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 6-7 garlic cloves, minced (used my garlic press)
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 serrano pepper, minced
  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri Chili Powder
  • (more if you like it spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon Kasoori Methi (dried Fenugreek Leaves) (can find in ethnic/Indian store)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup water (you can add a little more if you need it)
  • cilantro leaves, garnish
Clean your cauliflower
  1. Clean cauliflower by soaking the florets in warm water, pinch of salt and a pinch of turmeric.
  2. After soaking for half an hour, dump out the water and rinse with new water.
  3. Drain.
Masala Cauliflower
  1. In a pan, heat oil and add cumin and fennel seeds. Once the seeds begin to splutter, add the onions and a pinch of salt.
  2. When the onions turn golden, add ginger, garlic and serrano pepper. After a couple minutes, add the chopped tomatoes.
  3. After 10-15 minutes or once the tomatoes have become soft/mushy, add the spices and stir-fry.
  4. After a couple minutes, add the cauliflower florets and ¼ cup of water. Mix well.
  5. Cook and cover on medium heat for about 10-12 minutes.
  6. Remove lid, add salt and pepper and cook for another 5 minutes or so until the cauliflower is soft.
  7. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!


  1. SarahP says

    My husband made this last night and served it over spiced ground meat, and it was fantastic! My appetite has been on the fritz lately, but this was delicious enough to have me wanting to eat it all. Thanks for sharing, and keep the tasty noms coming!

  2. Diane Barber says

    Hi there … I am making this tonight and I am using Ginger tonight . But , I was wondering if I could substitute Galangal for the Ginger ? Fortunately we have a wonderful spice shop in Olympia that carries dried Fenugreek Leaves ( Essential for my favorite, Butter Chicken. ) I also picked up some Amchur ( Mango Powder ) and I have no idea what to use it for . Can you give me any suggestions ??? Thank You for all the wonderful Curry dishes you have posted and for the 3 ingredient Naan Bread ! :0)

    • says

      Hi Diane, I’m sorry for the late reply! I’m not sure about subbing galangal for ginger but if you tried this, please let me know how it turned out for you. I’m happy to hear that you use dried Fenugreek leaves when you make butter chicken – I agree, it is essential! As for amchur powder – it’s used as a souring agent in Indian cooking. You can add a pinch to any curry dish/recipe for a slightly acidic/tangy taste. I’ll work on a recipe using amchur for ya :)

  3. Stacey says

    I just got through eating this dish. It was delicious! I made it a complete meal by adding a pound of chicken and serving it on artisan lettuce.

  4. Donovan says

    Hi, Ashley!

    A former co-worker of mine visited last weekend and we always try new recipes when she’s here. We made the empanadas (double batch), mini pies, achari chicken kebabs (OMG), butter chicken, masala cauliflower, and the artichoke hummus (two batches). BTW, dipping the achari chicken into the artichoke hummus (with hot smoked paprika on top) is DIVINE. THANKS SO MUCH for sharing your recipes!

  5. says

    SOOOOOOO GOOOD! Made it last night and everything was on point! I substituted the kashmiri chili powder for 1/2 tsp of cayenne & 1/2 tsp of paprika. Also, the 1 tsp kasoori methi for the 1 tsp mustard seeds. Just the right amopunt of kick! Thank you for sharing!


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