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Wood roasted cauliflower

By Karan Gokani

Wood roasted cauliflower

Wood Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Wood roasted spicy cauliflower by Karan Gokani @karancooks. A popular recipe from his Hoppers restaurant. Sometimes it's good to let the veg take centre stage.  


1 whole cauliflower, large leaves removed 

For the marination: 

2 tbsp/ 2.4 US tbsp coconut oil 

½ tbsp ginger paste 

½ tbsp garlic paste 

½ tbsp kalupol powder (buy on Hoppers Cash & Kari) 

12-15 curry leaves, finely chopped 

1 tsp/1.2 US tsp red chilli powder 

1 tsp salt/ 1.2 US tsp 

For the curry: 

1 tbsp/ 1.2 US tbsp coconut oil  

1 whole cinnamon stick 

½ tsp fenugreek seeds 

½ tsp black mustard seeds 

½ red onion, sliced 

½ tsp garlic, minced 

8-10 curry leaves 

2 dried red chillies 

2 pieces Gorakha (buy on Hoppers Cash & Kari) 

1/3 tsp turmeric 

¾ cup coconut milk 

Salt, to taste 

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Step 1:

Remove the outer leaves from the cauliflower.  

Step 2:

Mix together all the ingredients for the marinade and spread over the raw cauliflower.  

Step 3:

Roast in the pre-heated Dome at 200°C/392°F for 18-20 minutes or until tender all the way through when pierced with a knife. The exact cooking time will vary depending on the temperature of the oven and size of the cauliflower. 

Step 4:

For the curry, heat 1 tbsp/1.2 US tbsp coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the cinnamon, fenugreek seeds and black mustard seeds.

Step 5:

Once the mustard seeds begin to crackle, add the onions and cook until they soften.

Step 6:

Add the garlic, curry leaves, chillies and Gorakha and cook for a further 3 minutes.    

Step 7:

Add the turmeric, mix well and stir in the coconut milk. Bring it to a gentle simmer and allow to thicken or thin down with some water. You want the curry to be the consistency of double cream.  

Step 8:

To serve, place the warm roasted cauliflower on a plate and pour the golden curry sauce all over. Garnish with chilli oil or fried curry leaves, if you like. Enjoy! 

Recipe Contributor

Karan Gokani

Karan Gokani, founder of popular London restaurant group Hoppers knows how to bring all the right flavours together to create outrageously delicious recipes. You can find all his favourites, in his new book Hoppers: The Cookbook.


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