10 Best Cauliflower Recipes

   |  Updated: October 31, 2017 12:04 IST

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10 Best Cauliflower Recipes
  • Cauliflower is a vegetable that is often taken for granted
  • Cauliflower aids in maintaining proper digestion
  • It is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese

Often overshadowed by its cousin green cousin broccoli - cauliflower is a vegetable that is often taken for granted and is probably least appreciated. Cooking up a storm with cauliflower in an Indian household starts with the quintessential gobhi parathas, speeds up to pakodas and it mostly ends as being the regular side-dish.

Despite the unconditional attachment to this flowering veggie, cauliflower escapes the realm of culinary experimentation for many. But the good news is that this year, cauliflower is set to make a comeback. Chefs and restaurants have already begun experimenting with it and have predicted that it is going to be one of the most fashionable veggies that will rule the grocery stores. It has become a regular on gourmet menus, all jazzed up with bold textures, sauces and spices.

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This humble vegetable not only offers a wide range of unexplored culinary possibilities but also a handful of health benefits that you may have not known. Some studies have shown that cauliflower secretly holds anti-cancer properties. It is a rich source of a certain cancer killing compound called sulforaphane which is also great for maintaining blood pressure levels and kidney functions. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese providing us with two core conventional antioxidants, it is anti-inflammatory,  contain choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development, it helps the body to detoxify in multiple ways and cauliflower is an important source of dietary fiber for digestive health.

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Cauliflower aids in maintaining proper digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Not only this, it is low in fat, cholesterol and carbohydrates. With every 100 grams of cauliflower, you are consuming just 25 calories, 1 percent carbohydrates, less than 1 percent of fat and about 80 percent Vitamin C. According to health experts, Vitamin C is one of the most essential elements for human body. It helps our body combat viruses and bacterial invasion, and at the same time strengthens immunity. 

Tips to Buy, Store and Cook

While buying cauliflower, always go for the ones that have white florets without any sign of discoloration. Make sure that the veggie is fresh in its entirety - from florets to its leaves. You can choose to cook its stem and leaves as well. Break it into small portions to speed up cooking. Do not overcook it as it may tend to get soggy. Go for a quick boil or steam it. You can choose to sauté or stir fry it or even add it raw to your salads for that extra crunchiness.

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Cauliflower is very versatile and can be used in a lot of ways. From soul warming soups, cool fresh salads to snappy snacks, sensational curries and much more. You'll be surprised by the variety of dishes that it can serve you with. So don't hold back and experiment with our best recipes.

1.Bharwan Gobhi

Recipe by Chef Marut Sikka

From the kitchen of Chef Marut Sikka comes this classic Indian preparation. Stuff your cauliflower with a khoya and cheese mixture, bathe it in a batter and deep fry it to a crunchy, golden glory.

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2.Honey Cauliflower

Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

The sweet texture of cauliflower matched with honey and lime. A no-fuss appetizer to please to please those unannounced guests.

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3.Cauliflower Cheese

Recipe by Chef Manju Malhi

A cozy dish with cauliflower, cream and lots of cheese!

Cauliflower CheeseCauliflower Cheese

4.Gobhi Masaledar

Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

An everyday recipe made with a twist. A mix of masalas can jazz up any dish!

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5.Tandoori Gobhi

Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

Marinated cauliflower is grilled to perfection and served hot on your dinner table. It is difficult to resist this grilled sensation.

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6.Corn and Cauliflower Soup

Recipe by Meenakshi Kapur (user recipe)

A gorgeous, thick and creamy soup that will keep you snug on a wintery day.

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7.Cauliflower Salad

Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani

Shredded cauliflower teamed with raisins, capers, herbs, bell peppers, plums, white vinegar and vanilla

8. Gobhi Ka Paratha

Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

The good old gobhi paratha! Make the perfect parathas and steal away some hearts!

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9.Gobhi Shalgam Ka Achaar

Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

Master the art of pickling. This one offers a variety of flavours -it's sweet, sour and spicy in one bite!

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10.Cauliflower Chilli Fry

Recipe by Chef Naren Thimmiah, Mirchi-Taste of India, Singapore

Here's a fiery treat for you. Easy to cook, cauliflower florets are dipped in a spicy batter and fried golden.

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Cauuliflower Chilli Fry

These recipes are a vegetarian's delight who would love to dug up new recipes with ingredients like cauliflower.

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