Chettinadu Cauliflower Soup

This is a simple and flavorful soup with Indian spices and the recipe I noted down long time back from a Tamil Magazine.
This soup can be either served as an appetizer or can be mixed along with white rice like rasam with some veggie fry.
Its a kind of healthy and  balanced food,moong dhal is used for thicken the soup and its a complete meal if it is served with toast or rice.
I personally prefer to have it with white rice for a comforting lunch,but today I had it like soup along with some toast as I have severe cold.Off to the recipe......................

Basic Information

Preparation Time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time       ~ 20 minutes
Serves ~ 3 (generously)



Cauliflower(small florets)
Moong dhal/paasiparuppu3tbs
Onion(finely chopped)1(medium size)
Tomato(chopped)1(medium size)
Garlic/poondu3 cloves
Green chilly/pachamilgai4-5(cut into strips)
Ginger/inji1/2' piece
Turmeric powder1/4tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai 1 sprig
Coriander leaves/kothamalli1tbs(chopped)
Lemon juice1-2tsp

For the tempering

Cinnamon/pattai1 ich piece
Star anise1
Bay leaf/biriyani ilai 1
Fennel seeds/sombu1/4tsp
Cumin seeds/jeeragam1/4tsp
Black stone flower/kalpaasi 1


Cook the moong dhal with enough water in a pressure pan or cooker 3-4 whistles.Put the  cauliflower florets in boiling water with a pinch of salt and turmeric powder.Cook the till the cauliflower is 3/4th done,drain the excess water and pound the garlic and ginger in a mortar,keep it aside.
Heat a pan with oil and do the tempering with the ingredients given add the onion and green chilly.Saute it till transparent,then goes i the ginger and garlic.Cook it till the raw smell goes off.

Now add the chopped tomato,cook it until mushy,then add in the cooked and mashed dhal.Add in around 11/2- 2 cups of water.

Add the salt and let it boil for 3-4 minutes,now add the cooked cauliflower florets.Cook it 3-4 minutes in a medium flame,finally add the coriander leaves and lemon juice.Put off the fire.

Cauliflower soup is ready.


  • Remove the bay leaves and other whole spices from the soup before serving.
  • Here I used only green chillies for the spiciness if you want it to be spicier for rice add 1/4 tsp of chilly powder or can increase the number of green chillies.
This is off to Cooking from Cook Book Challenge November week 2.


I love cauliflower and soups. I am so going to make this. Sounds super delish

Looks delicious and perfect for winters and cold weather

very inviting and delicious looking soupe :) awesome clicks as always :)

very inviting soup... love the clicks!

Prefect soup for this chilled weather, seriously inviting.

Looks very tempting for this cold weather. Would love to taste it as well.

Wow! What a delicious soup! Looks so good Nalini :)

the soup looks very comforting would love to make it soon....

Wow Nalini, that's one awesome soup!..very nice..

wow aks... its superb soup and really mouthwatering one...

Soup looks just perfect to be eaten as it is. Although, I would not mind eating it with rice.

Thats a nice twist to regular cauliflower soup must have been really good nice one.

That is a nice recipe! So flavorful :)

nice twist to the usual cauliflower soup.. I am sure my family would love this as they find the normal cauliflower soup very bland..

Awesome and delicious bowl of goodness!

very flavorful cauliflower soup Nalini. Lovely clicks too.

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