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Roasted Cauliflower Curry | Sweet, Spicy and Vegan – Pakistani Style

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Roasted Cauliflower Curry | Sweet, Spicy and Vegan - Pakistani Style. A delicious fusion of Pakistani spices |

It must be that time of year. I’m craving curry and I’m craving a health-kick, and I want them now. Roasted cauliflower curry takes care of both.

Remember when I said how much I love Indian cuisine? That’s true. Very true. It’s amazing food, and one of favourites. But it’s only half the truth.

I also love Pakistani cuisine. Not so different from Indian foods in many ways, it does in fact share a huge amount of similarities with it.

This isn’t particularly surprising as the two countries have a much entwined history – they were together until 1947.

The sheer scope and size of the Indian and Pakistani cuisines makes it hard to pin down exactly what characterises them.

As they vary wildly from region to region, there is no such thing as a truly defined example, just a beautiful hot pot of cooking skills and knowledge that often include many varieties of curry mixes, oils and spices.

This particular recipe comes from Rabia in Pakistan, and it’s an absolute stellar example of Pakistani-based cooking.

The ingredients are pretty straight-forward: it’s a curry dish using roasted cauliflower on a tomato base, but the way it’s cooked has a huge impact on fusing all those lovely ingredients into something great.

Roasted Cauliflower Curry | Sweet, Spicy and Vegan - Pakistani Style. A delicious fusion of Pakistani spices |
Roasted Cauliflower Curry | Sweet, Spicy and Vegan - Pakistani Style. A delicious fusion of Pakistani spices |
Roasted Cauliflower Curry | Sweet, Spicy and Vegan - Pakistani Style. A delicious fusion of Pakistani spices |
Roasted Cauliflower Curry | Sweet, Spicy and Vegan - Pakistani Style. A delicious fusion of Pakistani spices |

Roasted Cauliflower Curry – The Way To Cook

Let me say right away this roasted cauliflower curry needs attention to make it really tasty. But then it’ll be REALLY tasty! The roasting part is crucial here.

Why roast the bloody cauliflower anyway?’ you might ask. ‘Why not just steam it instead?’.

Well, if you steam or blanch cauliflower it’ll often go soft and mushy, but by roasting it, you bring out its sweetness. And caramelized veggies are awesome, and an integral part of this dish.

But here’s the kicker: if you roast veggies for too long they won’t taste sweet and crunchy anymore, they’ll be burned and crunchy instead.

With a little care and attention you have the power to create a truly satisfying dish right at your fingertips – so give it the attention it deserves and follow the instructions in the recipe below 🙂

Roasted Cauliflower Curry | Sweet, Spicy and Vegan - Pakistani Style. A delicious fusion of Pakistani spices |

Roasted Cauliflower Curry – Good To Know

Rabia would like to point out that cauliflower is ridiculously nutritious, a wonderfully healthy vegetable.

It has been found to help out with decreasing the risk of so many serious ailments including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

It’s something that WHFoods recommend eating on a very regular basis to keep your heart and body in tip-top condition.

She also notes that cauliflower can cause gastric problems for an unlucky few – but thankfully there is a way around this.

Adding celery seeds to cauliflower (or to other dishes for that matter) can massively help with bloating of the stomach, as well as keeping exhaustion, headaches and nervousness at bay.

Roasted Cauliflower Curry | Sweet, Spicy and Vegan - Pakistani Style. A delicious fusion of Pakistani spices |

Pregnant women should stay away from celery seeds however, and as is not a medical care or advice giver in any way you should always check with a relevant qualified professional (i.e your doctor) when changing any aspects of your diet.

Roasted Cauliflower Curry
4.72 from 42 votes
An exciting fusion of Pakistani spices combine with crunchy roasted cauliflower in this classically cooked dish.
Cuisine:Pakistani cuisine, Vegan
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes
Servings:2 people


  • 1 medium cauliflower (cut in bite sized florets)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup tomato puree (or 1 cup purée = 3 ripe tomatoes, diced, or one can of diced tomatoes) (also known as passata)
  • 2 clove garlic
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds (parsley is a great alternative too. ½ tsp dried coriander seeds (or 1/4 tsp coriander powder)= ¼ cup fresh parsley or 1 tsp dried)
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ inch ginger, fresh (½ inch = ca. 1.5 cm)
  • ½ cup brown rice


  • 5 sprigs cilantro/coriander, fresh (for garnishing)
  • ½ cup soy yogurt


  • Preheat oven at 350°F (180°C).
  • Get the rice cooking according to packet instructions.
  • Toss the cauliflower florets with salt, black pepper, lemon juice and half of olive oil. Place the florets on a baking tray and of it goes into the oven.
  • Slice the red onion.
  • After 10 minutes take out the sheet and turn over the florets so they won’t burn (Important!). Then roast for another 10 minutes.
  • In the meanwhile, heat oil in a saucepan and add the onion. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes until translucent.
  • Add finely chopped garlic, cumin, coriander seeds and red pepper flakes to the onion along with the curry powder and again saute for 30 seconds until aromatic.
  • Finally add tomato purée (or tinned or fresh tomatoes), season with salt, cover the lid and simmer for about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • If using fresh tomatoes then mash with a wooden spatula when tender.
  • Take out the roasted cauliflower from the oven and add it to the sauce mixture in the pan. You might want to a couple of dashes of water as well.
  • Cook on low heat for about 10 minutes then finally add some, peeled and grated ginger and fresh cilantro. Serve with the rice, (soy) yogurt and enjoy hot.


The type of tomatoes used in this dish makes a big difference to taste too. I much prefer the tomato purée version and would highly recommend it. It’s also worth noting that the flavours come out much more intensely on the second day, so if you have the chance to cook this meal the day you need it, then go for it! If not, you’ll just be in line for some really tasty leftovers 😉
To feel satisfied you’ll probably want a few carbs on the side. White rice or garlic or naan bread goes really well for that purpose!
Thanks Rabia for passing us this recipe! We’re big fans. And we’re definitely going to keep bugging you for more recipe inspiration 🙂
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: Then you definitely need to check out our Vegan Chickpea Curry. We’re 100% sure you’ll get addicted to that one. This Lemon and Pea Pulao should NOT be missed either.


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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. SIGN ME UP! BUT SERIOUSLY – this dish is RIGHT up my alley!!! And in fact, I am pinning it right now because I think hubby would love it too (we are cauliflower obsessed)

    1. Haa, I think last time we spoke you were still single!!! Holymoly 😀
      Yerrr, this one is pretty good I must say. Sooo much better on the second day too!

    2. 1 star
      For me the tomato spoils this.. delicious roasted cauliflower becomes tomatoey 🙁

      1. Well, do you like tomato?

  2. You had me at curry! This looks so savory, and I’m totally diggin’ the cauliflower. Another favorite of mine! Pinning! 🙂

  3. I’m not a vegan, or a vegetarian for that matter, but this dish looks delicious. I should really give something like this a go.

  4. 5 stars
    Hi there! I just wanted to say that I tried your recipe and it was super delicious. The curry gave it a special touch that I loved. I’m definitely preparing it again soon. Thank you!!

    1. Thank you for the compliments too Mildred, really glad you enjoyed it! It’s definitely a keeper 🙂

      1. 5 stars
        This was perfect. Can’t wait to make it again. Yummy!! Thank you!

        1. Yaaay, so good to hear, Keenest!!

  5. Great recipe. We make roasted cauliflower with curry powder all the time—but this takes it to a new level. I just linked the recipe to our spice shop. Love it.

    1. Thanks Beth, glad to hear you enjoyed it so much. Yep, curry rocks! 😀

  6. 5 stars
    The recipe is fabulous! My daughter who is Vegan, came for tea and gave me the best compliment . “Did you get this from the Bay leaf?” This is a very good local Indian restaurant. I really enjoyed making the dish and will definitely make it again. The Cauliflower was very sweet, I shall try baking it in future for other recipes.

    1. Wooow!! Thanks a ton for sharing this compliment, Mandy! Really great to hear the cauliflower curry turned out so well 😀

  7. 5 stars
    This is wonderful as a curry. I like the depth and richness the tomatoes give, but the real star here is roasted cauliflower. The cauliflower turned out so tasty I couldn’t stop eating right off the pan!

    1. oh wow, this is so wonderful to hear, Jen! Really glad you liked the recipe 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    I stumbled on the recipe while looking for a unique rstd cauliflower dish. Wow! The dish is really good and perfectly spiced. Looking forward to the left overs. Thanks!

    1. Cool DD! That’s really good to hear. Happy to be of service 🙂

    1. so good to hear, Merz!! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    Wow, that recipe was quite delicious! I loved how the cauliflower was full of flavor and had wonderful and balanced flavors! Delicious! Looking forward to make it again.

    1. So so good to hear Paulina!! Really glad it turned out well 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! Another delicious recipe! You are the best xx

    1. Woahh, that’s really great to hear, Maz!! We’re super happy that this recipe is received so well 🙂

    2. Thanks Maz!! Glad you enjoyed. You rock, too!

  11. I’m making this for six but only have two heads of cauliflower. Will it be ok?

    1. Hi Mary, yes I’m sure that will be fine! Unless they’re unreasonably small heads then it’ll still be great. You could also throw in an extra onion and some more tomato to bulk things up, if necessary 🙂

  12. as a family, we have decided to go vegan,,,,,,with much dispute from my husband, I made the chickpea curry which was AWESOME and even he was persuaded, so fingers crossed with this 🙂

    1. Haha cool, Dee! Enjoy, and good luck convincing your husband 😀

  13. Do you have a sign-up mailing list? If so please include me. I just discovered your site and your recipes are what I’ve been looking for.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Barbara! Really glad you like the recipes 🙂 If you go here and sign up for this meal plan: (it’s completely free!) I’ll then happily add you to our mailing list via email address :). Thank you!

  14. 5 stars
    Much tastier than the simple ingredients implied. Nearly used tomato purée, then realised the recipe meant puréed tomatoes, ie passata, not the thick tomato paste. Phew. Next time I will add sliced lemons as in the illustrations to boost up the flavour. Ate with quinoa to add protein.

    1. Haha yes, passata indeed! We’ve discussed the names a few times as they’re all called something else in different places :D. I’ll also update the recipe to show ‘passata’. Thanks Ani!!

  15. 5 stars
    Wow… Excellent stuff !!! I served it with your Pea Pulao/Lemon…. both wonderful. Thanks for these.

    1. Woohoo, awesome Val! I’m really pleased you enjoyed them, thanks for writing 🙂

  16. 4 stars
    I personally added a little more curry powder than is in the recipe as I didn’t feel it tasted enough like curry but this may be because I’m British 😛 However, I thought that this was absolutely delicious and definitely worth leaving a day or two before eating to let the flavours develop.

    I’ll ALWAYS roast my cauli for curries from now on!

    1. It’s an awesome method, isn’t it?! Haha no worries, I also add more curry powder most of the time – and I’m also British ;). We tend to start with a lower suggestion for the more unsure spice-eaters out there – really glad you made it your own and enjoyed it, Kate!

  17. Can’t wait to make this again! I prepared this dish exactly as published and served it with a side of mung bean edamame pasta and a dab of hummus. Excellent! Only change we’ll make next time will be to decrease the amount of crushed red pepper a bit. Had no problem clearing our plates, bravo!

    1. Wow, thanks so much for writing this!! Really glad you liked the recipe, Shannon!

  18. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe! Added some chopped mushrooms. Not sure what red pepper flakes are so guessed as I’m English its the same as chilli flakes.

    1. Yay, glad you enjoyed it, Carol! Yes red pepper flakes are the same as chili flakes 🙂

  19. Going to try this tomorrow & reading the instructions. Are the lemon slices roasted with the cauliflower or just thrown in to serve?

    1. Hi Rob, good question: they were thrown on as garnish actually, yep :). Enjoy!

  20. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! Very straight forward and easy to make. I used canned tomatoes and added a bit of water to give it more consistency (I ate it with rice).
    The ginger and fresh coriander added at the end made this dish even more tasty, the ginger especially! I will definsitely make this recipe again and can’t wait to share it with others.

    1. Nice! Sounds awesome Abby! And thanks, we love it when peeps share our recipes! 🙂

  21. 5 stars
    Tried this and loved it. Only change would be to decrease the a lot of tomatoes. Thanks for this recipe. Great job.

    1. Really glad you liked it so much, thanks! Sounds good with the tomatoes if that’s how you like it 🙂

  22. 5 stars
    Thank you for this. I would use fewer tomatoes next time as I found it too tomatoey – The roasted cauliflower was so delicious alone. Recipe is so easy.


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