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Tree of Life (Fried Cauliflower Tree on a Bed of Gravy)


  • Cauliflower cross section (cut inch thickness)

For Marination

  • 1 tablespoon Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste Salt

For the masala

  • 1/4 cup Sliced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nigella seeds (Kalonji)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chopped green chillies
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried mango powder (Amchoor)
  • to taste Salt
  • 1/2 cup Beaten Curd
  • 1/4 cup Cream
  • Chopped Coriander leaves for garnish


  • Marinate the cauliflower with the ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, chilli powder, oil and salt. Keep aside for 15 minutes. Heat the oil for deep frying in a pan and fry the cauliflower piece wholly, till golden brown. Drain onto an absorbent paper and keep aside.
  • Heat another pan with 1/2 tablespoon oil. Add the fennel seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida. When they start to crackle, add the onions followed by ginger-garlic paste and chopped green chillies. Saute till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala, amchoor powder and stir for a minute. Add curd cream and mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • For Presentation -Take a plate and spoon the gravy to the centre of the plate forming a round shape. Carefully place the fried cauliflower tree in the centre. Garnish the way you like. Serve hot with Roti or Rice.


Notes :
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