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spicy whole roasted cauliflower

Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Author Sarah Mir


  • One head cauliflower

Garlic Spice Paste

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • ½ tbsp red chilli powder
  • Half teaspoon turmeric powder

Ginger Mix

  • A half inch piece of fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp whole black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds


  • Combine all the ingredients in the garlic spice paste
  • Trim the leaves off the cauliflower and cover it with the garlic spice paste
  • Roast at 425 for 45 minutes, insert a skewer to check doneness, it should go through fairly easily.
  • While the cauliflower is roasting use a mini grinder (like a magic bullet) or mortar and pestle to crush the ingredients for the ginger paste without adding any water.
  • Sprinkle the ginger mix over the cauliflower at the 45 minute mark (assuming it is fairly tender) and roast for another ten minutes.
  • Serve as a beautiful side to any rice dish!


This recipe produces a fairly intense flavor on the outside of the cauliflower, for a milder version you can use 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, ½ tbsp garlic paste, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp red chilli powder, ½ tsp turmeric. Ginger mix remains the same.