Cauliflower Curry (Dry Version)

Today's recipe is a dry version of cauliflower curry goes very well with rice and roti.My mom uses green peas along with the cauliflower,but I used channa dhal.It came out so delicious and had it with sambar rice.Off to the recipe....................

Basic Information

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking Time ~ 30 minutes
Serves ~ 3-4


Cauliflower florets21/2 cups
Channa dhal/kadala paruppu1/4 cup
Onion(finely chopped)1no.(medium size)
Green chilly(slit into two)2
Curry leaves/karivepillai6-7 leaves
Coriander leaves/kothamallias needed(chopped)
Fennel seeds/sombhu1/4tsp
Bay leaf1
Chilly powder/milagai podi1/2tsp
Corianderpowder/dhaniya podi1tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/4tsp

Grind to a fine paste

Tomato1no.(small size_
Fennel seeds/sombhu1tsp
Ginger/inji1/2inch piece
Garlic/poondu2-3 cloves
Cinnamon1/2inch piece


Cook the channa dhal in a pressure cooker for two whistles,put the cauliflower florets in hot water with a pinch of salt and turmeric powder.Cook it till it is 3/4 th done.Drain the water and set it aside.
Grind the ingredients given to a fine paste and keep it.

Heat a pan with oil and crackel the fennel seeds and add the bay leaf,saute the onion,green chilly and curry leaves.Add in the ground paste and fry it till the raw smell goes off.Now add 3/4 cup of water.

Let it boil,once the mixture becomes thick add the cooked cauliflower and channa dal.Mix it well and keep it in a medium flame and stir it in between.Finally sprinkle the coriander leaves and put of the fire.

Cauliflower curry is ready.Serve it with rice or roti.


  • After adding the ground paste fry it in a medium to low flame for 2-3 minutes otherwise the raw smell of ginger and garlic will be there.
  • Instead of red chilly powder 2-3 dried red chillies can be added while grinding.
  • Green peas can be used instead of channa dhal,if it is fresh peas then cook it microwave for 3-4 minutes and add.


Cauliflower curry looks superb. Nice presentation.

looking too good. i donot add coconut, rest of the procedure are same, infact i do not even add masala's its well go with Roti

looks fabulous delicious presentation

Looks all the clicks self explaining photos

Very different curry, adding ground chana dal is a nice idea..

Never tried cauliflower curry with channa dal...sounds interesting..nice pics

Looks soo tempting and wonderful... Loved it Nalini.. Do visit my blog..

Beautiful clicks! Sounds very aromatic & flavorful, Nalini!

I just need a fork to finish that whole bowl, super tempting curry..

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