Spicy Tandoori Cauliflower

Spicy Tandoori Cauliflower is a perfect holiday dish, or even for a potluck. Amaze your family and your guests with this spectacular dish with an awesome presentation. It is clearly one of the best ways to enjoy a cauliflower. The cauliflower looks so good surrounded by a bed of spicy onion garnishing…it is just out of this world! Make sure everyone puts the garnish on top of their slice of cauliflower. The softness of the cauliflower and the crunch of the onions….mmmm!.

Cauliflower – 1, medium size

Yogurt – 1 cup
Ginger-Garlic Paste – 2 tbsp
Tandoori Masala – 2 tbsp
Salt – to taste
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Paprika – 1/4 tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp

Onions – 2 medium, sliced
– 1 tbsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
Tomato – 1 cup, pureed
Red Chili Powder – 1/4 tsp or to taste
Green Chilies – to taste, finely chopped (optional)
Salt – to taste
Mango Powder – 1 tsp (optional)
Cilantro –  few sprigs, finely chopped


  1. Hang the yogurt in a muslin/cotton cloth for about 30-40minutes.
  2. Trim the Cauliflower and take off the leaves and excess stalk making sure the Cauliflower stays as one piece.
  3. Wash the Cauliflower very well under running water or soak it in water for a while.
  4. Put the Cauliflower into a zip lock/steaming bag.
  5. Do not drain out all the water out of the cauliflower and close the zip lock only half way- leaving it open for the vent to escape.
  6. Microwave on high 5-7 minutes (depending on the size cauliflower and the quality).
  7. Keep an eye on the microwave because microwave cooking varies. the Cauliflower should feel soft  yet firm on touch.
  8. Once the Cauliflower is done, take it out of the bag carefully (it will be hot and the steam can burn).
  9. Place gently on a platter that is oven-proof and can to used at the table as well.
  10. Pour the ‘hung yogurt’ into a bowl and add in all the ingredients for the marinade and mix well.
  11. Rub the marinade over the Cauliflower. Flip it as well as you want to let some marinade get into the stems.
  12. Let the Cauliflower marinate for about an hour.
  13. Place in the Cauliflower into the oven on broil on high.
  14. It will take between 5-10 minutes for the cauliflower to get a good color (a few spots of brown on the top).
  15. For the garnish, take a microwave safe dish and add in the onions and oil.
  16. Mix well and microwave for 2 + 1 minute, stirring after  2 minutes.
  17. Add in the rest of the garnish ingredients except for the cilantro and mix well.
  18. Cook in the microwave for about 8 minutes mixing every 2 minutes.
  19. Add in the cilantro and mix again.
  20. Place the garnish on the platter around the cauliflower and serve.
  21. Serves 8-10


  • The garnish can me made on the stove-top as well.
  • For faster and quicker steaming, cut the cauliflower into 2 or more pieces.
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