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Achari Gobhi (Spiced Cauliflower - Indian-style)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 3 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 2 tsp paanch phoron mix*
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp amchoor powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 large head of cauliflower cut into small florets
  • water as needed
  • salt to taste
  • finely chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


  • Heat oil in a large non-stick pan on medium high heat and add in the panch phoron mix. Once they start to sizzle, add in onions, ginger and garlic and fry for a few minutes till onions soften and lightly brown.
  • Stir in the spices and tomato paste and mix well. Now add in the cauliflower florets and mix to coat well with the spice mixture. Cover the par and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally till the cauliflower is cooked through.
  • If you feel the spice blend is too dry and starts to stick to the pan, add a splash of water and mix well. Season with salt and give it a final stir.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve warm.


*Panch Phoron is an Indian 5-spice mix made up of equal amounts of cumin seeds, fennel seeds, black mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, and nigella seeds. You can either ake your own and store it in a tight jar buy it ready-to-use in packs at any Indian grocery store.