Boom! Healthy snacking has never been so tasty!
Because let’s back it up for a second and consider Cauliflower; It’s not royalty in the vegetable world is it? It doesn’t exactly conjure thoughts of exoticness or tastebud tantalising tastiness, right?
No, the cauliflower is but a humble side thought; the yin to broccoli’s yang; the off beat, slightly different, “oh, that’s interesting” soup or stew ingredient; the vegetable best suited to be smothered, and then baked, in a gooey, cheesy sauce.
But things are changing. Cauliflower has found the spotlight as the new wondrous superfood. It is the latest vegetable world celebrity; jump onto Pinterest, food gawker, health magazines… everywhere will tell you cauliflower is the new superfood.
Cauliflower is the new Kale.
And what better way to celebrate that than to have a spicy cauliflower snack that is irresistibly delicious. And so I introduce you to…..
Tandoori Cauliflower Bites.
I had a moment the other night; a realisation which made me sad.
I was putting the final touches of dinner together and placing knives and forks on the table when I suddenly realised I needed to put a light on. The dining area of our kitchen was a little dark; dark enough that putting a light on would make things more comfortable.
This came after that very morning, whilst I was driving to work, I noticed that the air streaming in through my open windows (I drive to work at 4 in the morning and take advantage of the empty, darkened roads to sing out loud to my favourite songs without the prospect of other people seeing, or hearing me do so) was cool.
Not cold, not chilly, just cool. Quite different to the warm and stuffy feeling it has had for the past couple of months.
This all added up to one thing….
Summer is slowly coming to an end.
I’ve tried to deny it but in little under two weeks it will be the first day of Autumn (Fall) down here in the Southern Hemisphere. Autumn. Already! It only seems like yesterday I was getting excited for the approach of Summer, cooking on the BBQ and sitting outside with ice cold beers…
But now, I’m looking at the approach of the leaf-falling coolness of Autumn, with the bleak, dark frigidness of winter close behind❄️⛄️.
Alright winter here in Sydney, Australia really isn’t hat bad – we hardly ever go below 5°C (19°F) but it still means I can’t walk about in shorts and bare feet or, if i want to sit outside with a beer after 6 o’clock, I’m gonna need a flashlight and most likely a blanket
First world problems, huh!?!?
But, if there is a silver lining to all of this, the slow waning of summer and the gradual creep of Autumn, then it is food. I do love cold weather food. It’s always about the food. The Food. Ah, food.
The stews, the soups, the risottos, the pasta dishes and, of course, the trusty slow cooker meals. Oh yes, there are exciting, foodie times ahead.
And that is how this week’s recipes came into being, it was the excitement of the upcoming cold winter food and nothing excites me more than spice-ladened curries. So first came the homemade curry powder and, today, I’m using that curry powder in this awesome, winter inspired snack.
So although I’m a little sad that summer may be coming to a close – and that a lot of you in the Northern Hemisphere are getting excited summer is on its way, right? – I do have these tandoori cauliflower bites to keep me going.
And when food is this tasty, there is no room for sadness 🙂
Tandoori Cauliflower Bites – with Mint & Cilantro Raita
Prep Time: 10 mins || Cook Time: 40 mins
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FOR THE BITES:
- 1 Large Head of cauliflower (around 800g, cut larger florets into smaller, bitesized pieces)
- 1 Cup natural yoghurt
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil
- 5 garlic cloves
- 1 Tbsp minced ginger
- 3 Tbsp Curry Powder
- 1 1/2 tsp ground fennel seeds
FOR THE RAITA:
- 1 Cup Natural yogurt
- 1 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
- 1 Tsp finely chopped mint
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Preheat your over to 200°C/ 390°F
- FOR THE BITES: In a large bowl stir to gather the yogurt, olive oil, garlic, ginger, curry powder and fennel seeds until well combined.
- Add the cauliflower to the yogurt and spice mixture and toss until it is all coated in yogurt. Place the cauliflower on a lined baking sheet and place into the oven for 30 – 40 minutes or until cooked and nicely browned.
- FOR THE RAITA: Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. Season with salt and pepper