I grew up with cauliflower boiled and served with buttered crumbs. Although I love melted butter, the two never melded for me, and cauliflower remained my least favorite vegetable until I discovered this recipe from Indian friends. I omitted the chile and prepared it for my brother who cannot tolerate any hot spice, and he raved about it. It's flavorful, and the microwave finish leaves the cauliflower slightly crisp, which we prefer.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat; add mustard seeds and cover skillet. Cook until seeds stop popping, 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion to the skillet; cook and stir over low heat until translucent, about 10 minutes.

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  • Mix garlic, ginger, turmeric, chile powder, and salt into onion mixture; cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add cauliflower; cook and stir for 1 minute. Transfer cauliflower to a microwave-safe bowl and cover bowl.

  • Cook cauliflower in microwave until tender, about 3 minutes. Drizzle lemon juice over cauliflower.

Cook's Note:

You can finish on the stovetop if you add a little water and steam, or you can increase the microwave time for a softer cauliflower.

Nutrition Facts

42 calories; 2.5 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 55 mg sodium. 4.4 g carbohydrates; 1.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2015
I didn't have black mustard seed so just used the jar labelled mustard seed. Because of no microwave I steamed the cauliflower and added it to the onion mixture. This is a great tasting way to serve cauliflower! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/16/2019
I followed the recipe exactly and the family agreed that it was really bland. Read More
9 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2015
I didn't have black mustard seed so just used the jar labelled mustard seed. Because of no microwave I steamed the cauliflower and added it to the onion mixture. This is a great tasting way to serve cauliflower! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2015
I didn't have black mustard seed so just used the jar labelled mustard seed. Because of no microwave I steamed the cauliflower and added it to the onion mixture. This is a great tasting way to serve cauliflower! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2015
This is very tasty! Good, rich flavor, not overpowering. Greatly improves your standard cauliflower. Easy to do. Get the lid on the mustard seed quick, though, or they'll shoot all over the kitchen - lol. I'll use medium heat next time instead of medium high, as the seeds took about 30 seconds to cook, not 2-3 minutes. Also microcooked it for longer than suggested, as we prefer it a little more tender. Notwithstanding, nice recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2018
East pretty and a bit different. Lemon juice made it better. I steamed it in pan as others have done. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/16/2019
I followed the recipe exactly and the family agreed that it was really bland. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2015
Love love love it! So flavorful and easy too. I was out of mustard seed so I just added about 1/8 tsp ground mustard to the onion sautee just before adding the cauliflower. Served with Fast Salmon with a Ginger Glaze from this site and lightly seasoned jasmine rice. Will definitely make again thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/19/2015
it's actually quite bland given the complexity and fresh ingredients.... not worth the effort. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2016
Absolutely delicious seasoned with cilantro of course Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/30/2016
I made the recipe as directed. While the result was a pretty side dish it lacked in flavour Read More