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Spiced Cauliflower

with Jasmine Rice & Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce

Spiced Cauliflower with Jasmine Rice & Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce
Cook Time
25-35mins
Makes
2 Servings
Nutrition
Group 2
Est. 720 calories

Tonight, we’re serving up a delectable take on a classic Indian cauliflower dish with Chinese influences: gobi manchurian. A blend of warm spices, including cumin, coriander and turmeric, lends vibrant flavor to our pan-fried cauliflower, while a coating of rice flour gives it an irresistibly crispy surface. This dish comes together with a twist: after crisping the cauliflower, we’re adding sweet chili sauce, creating another layer of bright flavor. Served with jasmine rice and a cooling yogurt sauce, it all makes for incredibly complex, satisfying vegetarian fare.

Prepare the ingredients & make the yogurt sauce:
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the yogurt sauce:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut out and discard the cauliflower core; cut the head into small florets. Snap off and discard the stem ends of the green beans; cut into 2-inch pieces. Peel and mince the garlic and ginger, keeping them separate. Roughly chop the cashews. Quarter the lime. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems; finely chop the stems and keep the leaves whole. In a bowl, combine the yogurt, cilantro stems, half the garlic and the juice of 2 lime wedges; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the rice:
2 Cook the rice:

In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1 cup of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork.

Start the cauliflower:
3 Start the cauliflower:

While the rice cooks, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the cauliflower and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add ¼ cup of water and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cauliflower is slightly softened and the water has cooked off. Transfer to a large bowl. Wipe out the pan.

Coat & crisp the cauliflower:
4 Coat & crisp the cauliflower:

While the rice continues to cook, add the flour and spice blend to the bowl of cooked cauliflower; season with salt and pepper. Carefully toss to thoroughly coat. In the same pan, heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high until hot. Once the oil is hot enough that a pinch of flour sizzles immediately when added to the pan, add the coated cauliflower (tapping off any excess flour) in a single, even layer. Cook, turning occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy on all sides. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the green beans & aromatics:
5 Add the green beans & aromatics:

Add the green beans to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until bright green and slightly softened. Add the ginger, cashews and remaining garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant.

Finish & plate your dish:
6 Finish & plate your dish:

Add the sweet chili sauce to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the vegetables are thoroughly coated and heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the cooked rice and finished vegetables between 2 dishes. Garnish with the cilantro leaves, remaining lime wedges and some of the yogurt sauce. Serve with any remaining yogurt sauce on the side. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients & make the yogurt sauce:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut out and discard the cauliflower core; cut the head into small florets. Snap off and discard the stem ends of the green beans; cut into 2-inch pieces. Peel and mince the garlic and ginger, keeping them separate. Roughly chop the cashews. Quarter the lime. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems; finely chop the stems and keep the leaves whole. In a bowl, combine the yogurt, cilantro stems, half the garlic and the juice of 2 lime wedges; season with salt and pepper to taste.

2 Cook the rice:

In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1 cup of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork.

Cook the rice:
Start the cauliflower:
3 Start the cauliflower:

While the rice cooks, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the cauliflower and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add ¼ cup of water and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cauliflower is slightly softened and the water has cooked off. Transfer to a large bowl. Wipe out the pan.

4 Coat & crisp the cauliflower:

While the rice continues to cook, add the flour and spice blend to the bowl of cooked cauliflower; season with salt and pepper. Carefully toss to thoroughly coat. In the same pan, heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high until hot. Once the oil is hot enough that a pinch of flour sizzles immediately when added to the pan, add the coated cauliflower (tapping off any excess flour) in a single, even layer. Cook, turning occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy on all sides. Season with salt and pepper.

Coat & crisp the cauliflower:
Add the green beans & aromatics:
5 Add the green beans & aromatics:

Add the green beans to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until bright green and slightly softened. Add the ginger, cashews and remaining garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant.

6 Finish & plate your dish:

Add the sweet chili sauce to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the vegetables are thoroughly coated and heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the cooked rice and finished vegetables between 2 dishes. Garnish with the cilantro leaves, remaining lime wedges and some of the yogurt sauce. Serve with any remaining yogurt sauce on the side. Enjoy!

Finish & plate your dish: