Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Dressing

Purple Cauliflower

I just couldn’t resist the enormous purple cauliflower at the markets. My own attempt this year at growing caulis was foiled by slugs- damn those slimy pests! There are so many beautiful varieties around now, but this one had a particularly punchy purple colour which tickled my fancy.

This is a lovely autumnal recipe, that was gobbled up by The Gardener & myself, despite the giant size of it!  The crunchy & tender florets combined with the lemony dressing is just gorgeous.

You Need:

For the Cauliflower

  • 1 cauliflower- of any variety
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Good pinch Salt (I like Maldon sea salt for extra crunch)

For the Dressing

  • 1 Tbs tahini
  •  1 Tbs olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tbs honey
  • A pinch salt

To make:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to moderatly hot- 190 C -200 C /Gas mark 6
  2. Cut the cauliflower into bit size florets. Use the stem too- this part is SO delish.
  3. Grind the all spices in a pestle & mortar ( you could use pre-ground spices, but they aren’t quite the same)
  4. Place the cauliflower pieces into a large oven tray in a single layer- sprinkle over the spices & salt.
  5. Drizzle over the olive oil then give this all a good shake & stir to distribute the spices all over the pieces (Or- I like to use my hands to sort of massage the spices in- messy but effective!)
  6. Put in the oven for around 20 mins or until the florets are tender.
  7. Meanwhile, in a little jar, shake all the dressing ingredients together. Use a teaspoon or so of water to loosen the mix so it isn’t too claggy. ( NB: this makes way too much dressing, it’s delish on all kinds of other salads too & keeps in the fridge for ages)
  8. Turn the oven right up for around 7-8 mins to really crisp up the edges of the florets.
  9. To serve, dish up the crispy crunchy spicy cauliflower & drizzle with the dressing. I sometimes add a few toasted sesame seed for extra prettyness & crunch.

It’s not the prettiest dish to photograph.. but believe me, it tastes divine!


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