Sunday, March 29, 2015

Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Deliciously healthy roasted curried cauliflower with lemon and cumin is an easy side dish with the perfect blend of complex flavors.

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The weather is heating up in the northern hemisphere, but I think we have at least six weeks left where you wouldn't mind turning on the oven, which I'm hoping will give you plenty of chances to try this amazing Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin.  

I first made this recipe way back in 2007 (!) when a blogging friend sent me some of her homemade curry powder blend.  I had completely forgotten this recipe was hanging out back in the archives, and when I stumbled on it recently I realized it really needed a new photo.  We made this and took new photos on a day when Kara and I were trying another cauliflower recipe, and this one was the clear winner. We loved the complex combination of flavors in this simple recipe!  I might even go so far as to say this is a perfect way to cook cauliflower as a side dish; hope you enjoy!

If you're one of the readers who looks for Meatless Monday posts on Sunday, this deliciously healthy cauliflower recipe is not only meatless, but it's also Vegan, Low-Carb, and Gluten-Free.  And it's so delicious you won't think for a minute about eating it because it's a healthy dish.   (You can find more meatless recipe ideas from Kalyn's Kitchen and my food blogging friends on my Meatless Monday Pinterest Board.)

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Preheat the oven while you whisk together the oil, lemon juice, curry powder, ground cumin and Spike Seasoning and cut up the cauliflower into bite sized pieces.  Toss cauliflower with the oil mixture until all the pieces have turned slightly yellow from the curry powder.  Spread cauliflower out in a single layer on the baking sheet and roast about 15 minutes.  Then use a large turner to turn cauliflower over to the other side.

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Continue to cook for 15-20 minutes more, or until the cauliflower is cooked through and nicely browned.  Devour! 

Original Photo Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin found on KalynsKitchen.comAnd here's the original photo from 2007 that made me realize this recipe definitely needed a photo make-over!

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Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin
(Makes about four servings, inspired by a recipe from a site that's no longer online and the curry powder I got in the mail from a blogging friend.)

I large head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 2 pounds cut-up cauliflower)
3 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. curry powder (Originally made with Rinku's curry powder blend, but this time I used Madras Curry Powder)
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. Spike Seasoning (optional, but good) 
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
lemon pieces, to squeeze on at the table (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 F. Cut away core from cauliflower and cut into small florets.   Place cauliflower in large plastic bowl.  (You can also use a 2 pound bag of cut up cauliflower.)

Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, curry powder, cumin, and Spike seasoning. Pour over cauliflower, and using a large spoon, stir cauliflower as long as it takes for it to be completely coated with oil/lemon/spice mixture, at least a minute or two.

Spray metal baking sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray and arrange the cauliflower in a single layer.  (To get the best browning, make sure each cauliflower piece has a flat side down on the baking sheet.)  Roast about 15 minutes or until cauliflower is starting to get a little tender and browned on one side, then use a large turner to turn cauliflower pieces over.

Cook about 20 minutes more, or until cauliflower is tender and nicely browned.  (I originally made this in my toaster-convection oven which only took about 25 minutes to get the cauliflower cooked through and browned but in the big oven we cooked it 35 minutes.)

Serve hot, seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper.  This is great with fresh lemon pieces to squeeze on more lemon at the table if desired.

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South Beach/Low-Carb Suggestions:
This deliciously healthy low-carb recipe could not be more perfect for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any type of Low-Carb eating plan. 

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Cauliflower Love:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet or Low-Carb friendly; check ingredients.)

Curried Sauteed Cauliflower ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Cauliflower Pickles with Curry ~ White on Rice Couple

Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Raw Cauliflower Tabouli ~ The Blender Girl

Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Tots ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower ~ Leite's Culinaria

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  1. Congrats on yet another media mention!!
    I roasted cauliflower last week, but didn't use any other seasoning apart from salt & pepper. Will definitely sprinkle some cumin and squeeze some lemon on top next time!

  2. I'm always searching for new ways to make cauliflower - this is delicious, Kalyn!

  3. I love, love, love lemon & curry on cauliflower but always braised it before. The roasting process adds a whole new flavor dimension. (I riffed on your recipe and added some sweet vadalia onion too. Yum.) Thanks Kaylyn!


  4. I think there's going to be a shortage of cauliflower in the grocery stores soon. This is on my table tonight!

  5. Kalyn, thanks for another great ideas using cauliflower! I have some in the fridge and will try some of the ideas out. :)

  6. I love roasted cauliflower and this recipe looks great.

  7. I guess I can't really replicate this as our curry powders won't be the same but following this recipe and using my curry and adding two chunked carrots what came out of my oven was spectacular! Thanks again!

  8. I'm glad people like the idea of this. Let me tell you, I thought the sum of this was so much greater than the parts.

    CJ, is that you Cheryl?

    Tanna, I'm so glad to hear you liked it. I know I will make this over and over.

  9. The only way I like cauliflower is roasted--and this version sounds especially nice and flavorful.

  10. I could eat some right now. I am also a fan of roasted cauliflower.

    1. Thanks Simona! There are so many good ways to season it for roasting.

  11. I think you just combined all of my favorite flavors into one fabulous side dish.

    1. Thanks Stephanie; I love this combination!

  12. Well, I guess I can't give up on cauliflower until I try this one!


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