Does this ever happen to you? You aimlessly walk through the grocery store, not really knowing what to buy. Then you see a head of cauliflower and think: "why not get it?" only to get home wondering "what will I make with this now?" That's exactly what happened to me over the weekend.
I thought I might roast the cauliflower, or parboil it and then pan fry it in panko crumbs, or maybe make a cauliflower soup. Then, I saw even a better idea tweeted by Monica Bhide. Monica tweeted that she was having an Indian cauliflower and pea dish for dinner: I messaged her right away to ask for details. It seems that Monica cooks in a similar way as I do: by taste, touch and feel: without exact recipes. She tweeted this back to me: I saute them with ginger, dried coriander seeds (crushed), turmeric, salt, red chiles and then cover and cook till done.
Since I did not have peas, fresh ginger or red chiles, I made a few changes to her "recipe." But you must have known that if you've been following me for a while :)
Cauliflower and Edamame with Indian Spices
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds (I used black mustard seeds my friend Radha gave me!)
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
1 head of cauliflower, cut into medium sized florettes
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
8 ounces frozen edamame
toppings: thinly sliced red onion, cilantro leaves
1. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and crushed coriander seeds. Wait till the seeds pop, then add cauliflower, the rest of the spices, and season with salt and pepper.
2. Let the cauliflower cook for about 5 minutes. You might have to add a bit of water to get the process going.
3. Add edamame, stir. Cover the pan with a lid and let the vegetables cook until they reach the level of tenderness you prefer.
4. Serve this dish hot or at room temperature with thinly sliced red onion and leaves of cilantro. You can also add a heaping tablespoon of yogurt.
See!? Who said vegetables are boring? This is a really filling and healthy side dish. Last night I had it topped with shrimp.