Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Culinary Tour Around the World : India

BloggerAid is a community of bloggers trying to help relieve world famine and Joan’s event A Culinary Tour around the world is her great idea to make people sensitive to our world's biggest problem.
This week Joan is taking us to India and I chose a very simple recipe from 'The Frugal Gourmet on our Immigrant Ancestors'by Jeff Smith a book I enjoy a lot reading .


1 caulyflower
2 small bunches of scallions
2 teaspoons black mustard seeds ( I know ! but I only found the yellow ones )
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Kosher salt to taste
1/3 cup warm water
1/4 vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander or 8 fresh curry leaves (I used dries ones with the other spices)

Separate the caulyflower into 1 inch florets.
Trim the scallions an chop them including the green parts.
Mesure the spices and the water and keep near the stove.
Heat the oil in a wok over high heat and when is hot add the mustard, cumin and fennel seeds. Keep a lid handy since the seeds may splatter and sputter when added. When the seeds stop sputtering add the turmeric and the caulyflower.
Stir-fry the caulyflower until it is evenly coated with the oil.
Add the scallions, salt and water; mix and cover with a lid. Cook over medium heat and toss a couple of times until the caulyflower is soft, about 10 minutes. Uncover, fold in the coriander, and continue stir-frying until excess moisture evaporates and the caulyflower looks glazed about 5 minutes. Serve hot.
Buon appetito !


Joan Nova said...

Very interesting dish Natalia. Love the spices. Thanks for joining us in India.

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious! You know how much I love Indian food!
You could totally participate in the Mother Bear Project - on their site it says that they have many people from all over the world participate. You just need to send the bears to them. You're such an accomplished knitter - I thought of you when I saw it!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Haven't had that book out in years, clearly that should change. This looks marvelous!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love cauliflower... This spicy dish looks really good! Yummy!



Natashya said...

Cauliflower and cumin are a match made in heaven!

Anonymous said...

I love Indian food. Your cauliflower looks yummy.

Sara said...

what a beautiful dish! i have 2 heads of cauliflower in the fridge right now...

Miette said...

These cauliflowers look wonderful ! I love spices, this looks delicious, very yummy !



Elyse said...

Cauliflower has been on my mind lately. I'm so glad you posted this! The recipe sounds perfect, and the final product looks absolutely delicious!!

vibi said...

Boy! After the American Mac 'n Cheese, it's India's turn to enter your kitchen! Bravo on the broadening of your horizons! LOL

P.s.: "chapelure" is finely crumbled dried bread crumbs (often mixed with various herbs and a bit of salt) know, what you make veal parmigiana with!!!?

♥Rosie♥ said...

Beautiful spicy cauliflowe dish Natalia...

Rosie x

Ivy said...

I love cauliflower but seldom cook it as my children don't like it. This one sounds delicious.

Jude said...

My favorite cauliflower preparations are all Indian. Something about the spices that bring out the best from cauliflower.