How to Make Cauliflower and Red Lentil Curry

Updated on June 3, 2020
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Cauliflower and Red Lentil Curry
Cauliflower and Red Lentil Curry

A Healthy and Appetizing Side Dish

I wanted to make a curry side dish that contained both lentils and veggies. Searching online, I came across this recipe and immediately thought it looked awesome.

I did make some changes here and there to suit my tastes. It took about an hour to make this creamy and colorful side dish, but it was definitely worth the effort. My family members very much enjoyed it.

Serve this dish with any flatbread, plain rice, fried rice, or pancakes.

Cauliflower and red lentil curry
Cauliflower and red lentil curry
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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cauliflower florets, cut into cubes
  • 2/3 cup red lentils (masoor dal)
  • 1/2 cup onions, cut into cubes
  • 2/3 cup tomatoes, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garam masala powder or spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

Instructions

  1. Wash the red lentils and put them in a container. Add water and chopped onions. Cook this mix in a pressure cooker up to one whistle, and simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Throw in the cumin seeds. Saute till they sizzle. Add chopped ginger and garlic. Saute till they become a golden brown color.
  3. Immerse cauliflower florets in lukewarm saltwater for 10 minutes. This is to wash away any dirt in or on the florets. Wash them once again. Cut into cubes.
  4. Add the cauliflower into the pan. Throw in some turmeric powder. Continue sauteing over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Throw in the chopped tomatoes.
  5. Stir-cook till the tomatoes become soft (but not mushy). Pour in the boiled red lentil-onion mix.
  6. Boil the mix for 1 minute. Add red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder (spice mix), and salt. Stir and boil for 2 minutes.
  7. Add finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the stove. Transfer the curry into a serving dish. Garnish with a few chopped coriander leaves.
  8. Dunk flatbreads or pancakes into this hot and spicy side dish and enjoy!

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Red lentils (masoor dal)Step one: Cook red lentils added with water and chopped onions till soft.Step two: Saute cumin seeds in oil till they sizzle. Add chopped ginger and garlic. Saute till they become golden brown in color.Step three: Throw in cauliflower cubes. Add some turmeric powder. Stir-cook for 4-5 minutes. Add some water to keep them moist.Step four: Add chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook till they become soft, not mushy.Step five: Pour lentil-onion mix into the pan. Give a nice boil.Step six: Add red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder or spice powder, and salt. Mix well. Boil the mix for 2 minutes. Step seven: Throw in finely chopped coriander leaves and mix.Step eight: Transfer this side dish into a serving bowl.Cauliflower and red lentil curry
Red lentils (masoor dal)
Red lentils (masoor dal)
Step one: Cook red lentils added with water and chopped onions till soft.
Step one: Cook red lentils added with water and chopped onions till soft.
Step two: Saute cumin seeds in oil till they sizzle. Add chopped ginger and garlic. Saute till they become golden brown in color.
Step two: Saute cumin seeds in oil till they sizzle. Add chopped ginger and garlic. Saute till they become golden brown in color.
Step three: Throw in cauliflower cubes. Add some turmeric powder. Stir-cook for 4-5 minutes. Add some water to keep them moist.
Step three: Throw in cauliflower cubes. Add some turmeric powder. Stir-cook for 4-5 minutes. Add some water to keep them moist.
Step four: Add chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook till they become soft, not mushy.
Step four: Add chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook till they become soft, not mushy.
Step five: Pour lentil-onion mix into the pan. Give a nice boil.
Step five: Pour lentil-onion mix into the pan. Give a nice boil.
Step six: Add red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder or spice powder, and salt. Mix well. Boil the mix for 2 minutes.
Step six: Add red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder or spice powder, and salt. Mix well. Boil the mix for 2 minutes.
Step seven: Throw in finely chopped coriander leaves and mix.
Step seven: Throw in finely chopped coriander leaves and mix.
Step eight: Transfer this side dish into a serving bowl.
Step eight: Transfer this side dish into a serving bowl.
Cauliflower and red lentil curry
Cauliflower and red lentil curry

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 74
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 42 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Comments

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  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

    ShailaSheshadri 

    2 years ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks Dora, for reading my hubs. This is truly a healthy and delicious side dish. Try it!

  • MsDora profile image

    Dora Weithers 

    2 years ago from The Caribbean

    Thanks for the recipe. It looks good and I'm sure it tastes good too. Nutritious as well!

  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

    ShailaSheshadri 

    2 years ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks. These are healthy and delicious dishes that you can make at your home. Try them.

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    peachy 

    2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    I love to follow your Indian recipes, very rare to find them here in Malaysia.

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