Spicy South Indian Cauliflower By Martha Rose Shulman

I love Martha’s recipes. I used this recipe for a segment on WFSB’s Better Connecticut and the anchors Scot Haney and Kara Sundlun loved it! Then Chef Greg O’Gorman and I served this up to my nutrition students and they loved it too. Cauliflower, along with its cousins broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage, contain powerful antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of breast and other cancers. The turmeric in the recipe contains a compound called curcumin, that research has shown has strong antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Serve this chile-laced stir-fry with brown rice, quinoa or other whole grains, and with flat Indian bread.

1 large cauliflower (1 3/4 to 2 pounds), broken into florets

2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil

1-inch piece of ginger, peeled, sliced and cut into thin slivers or minced

1 teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly toasted and crushed

1 to 2 serrano chiles, to taste, seeded if desired and minced

1 cup chopped fresh or canned tomatoes

2 teaspoons coriander seeds, lightly toasted and ground

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

Salt to taste

1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1 lime, cut in wedges, for serving.

Place the cauliflower in a steaming basket above one inch of boiling water. Cover and steam for one minute. Lift the lid and allow steam to escape for 15 seconds, then cover again and steam for five minutes or until the cauliflower is just tender. Remove from the heat and refresh with cold water.

Quarter the larger florets, and set the cauliflower aside. Heat the oil in a large, heavy nonstick skillet or wok above medium heat. Add the ginger, cumin seeds and chiles, and stir-fry for one minute. Add the cauliflower and stir-fry for two to three minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, ground coriander, cayenne, turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, for five minutes, until the tomatoes have cooked down and the mixture is fragrant. Taste and adjust salt.Stir in the cilantro, stir for another 30 seconds and then serve, passing lime wedges for squeezing.

Yield: Serves 4 to 6 Advance preparation: Although this is best served right away, my son and I enjoy the leftovers for a couple of days. I also have made it a few hours ahead of time and reheated it on top of the stove. In this case, wait and stir in the cilantro just before serving. From the New York Times: Recipes for Health


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