Tangy Cauliflower in Roasted Peanut, Chana Daal

Tangy Cauliflower

Are you tired of the same old cauliflower curry recipes and looking for a change? Then this tangy cauliflower with peanut-roasted chana (split bengal gram) daal is just the thing for you. Cauliflower is S senior’s (that would be my husband ;)) favorite vegetable and he wants to eat it all year-round. It is somewhat difficult for me to eat the same onion-tomato cauliflower curry each time. So this time I tried something new with the readily available ingredients in my kitchen and the result was this tangy cauliflower.

This dryish preparation goes well with hot chapatis but if you want to eat with rice then you could make the gravy slightly more watery. I also topped it with sprouted lentils for an added crunch and health. Try it out and do not forget to share your feedback.

If like S senior, cauliflower is your favorite vegetable too, do try out the Achaari Paalak Gobhi and the Tandoori Cauliflower & Nuts Pulaao.

Cauliflower in Roasted Peanut-Chana Daal Masala


  • Cauliflower- 250gm
  • Potato, medium sized (optional)- 1 (cubed)
  • Roasted peanuts- ¼ cup
  • Roasted split Bengal gram- ¼ cup
  • Amchoor (dry mango powder)- 1 tablespoon
  • Sambhar masala – 1 tablespoon
  • Dried red chili- 2
  • Tomato, medium sized- 1
  • Onion, medium sized- 1
  • Ginger-garlic paste- 1.5 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds- ½ teaspoon
  • Sprouted lentils-1/2 cup
  • Salt-1.5 teaspoons or to taste
  • Turmeric- 1 teaspoon
  • Vegetable oil- 1.5 tablespoons


  1. Blanch the cauliflowers in salted boiling water for 5-7 minutes or until just soft, drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. We do not want to make the cauliflowers too soft as they tend to break when mixing with the spices
  2. Blend the roasted peanut and split Bengal gram to a powder and set aside
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy bottomed pan or wok and when the oil is hot add cumin seeds and dried red chilis
  4. Reduce the heat to medium and add onion and ginger garlic paste. Sauté until onions turn a golden brown and then add tomato and sauté for further 2-3 minutes
  5. Once the mixture starts to leave oil, it is done. Transfer into a bowl and set aside to cool
  6. In the meantime sauté the potatoes in the same pan until they are 70% cooked and set aside
  7. Blend the onion-tomato mixture to a smooth puree. Add the remaining oil to the same pan and add the puree when the oil is hot. Mix well and add the peanut-gram powder, followed by amchoor, sambhar masala and turmeric. Continue to stir the mixture on a low heat until all ingredients are well incorporated
  8. Add cauliflower and potato and keeping the heat low, mix well with the spice mixture. Cover and cook until soft. Add salt and half cup water if you prefer a curry
  9. Top with sprouted lentils and chopped coriander and serve with hot chapatis


Calories (per serving)- 95
Nutrition- Protein/Fiber/Vitamins C, K, B6/Folate/Potassium/Magnesium
It does wonders for your- Muscles/Gut/Immunity/Heart/Eyes
This is “My 8pm/1pm Meal”



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