Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cauliflower Pepper Fry Recipe(Gobi Pepper Fry) - Chettinad Style

Cauliflower Pepper Fry Recipe
Usually I plan ahead atleast by previous night when I want to click something the next day....I always make sure I am ahead of the preparations , the recipe and prop selection is over the previous night itself and sometimes the chopping also I finish it up...So soon after I pack mittu to school, my task is to cook and click.And most weekends I give a break for myself which is absolute family time which I look forward every week...and thats the main reason I miss clicking nonveg recipes every sunday.Yes this is my routine.

Few weeks back...on a friday when I was already set in for the weekend mood,I had nothing planned but suddenly had the urge to click something after sending mittu to school. I had cauliflower in hand, so quickly browsed around the chettinad cookbook and made this recipe......pulled the props that my hands could grab easily from the heap of props ;) and clicked this cauliflower pepper fry heartily.It turned out super flavourful, and spicy making it perfect to go with sambar and rice.
Cauliflower Pepper Fry Recipe

Cauliflower Pepper Fry Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Cauliflower florets - 3/4 cup
Big Onion - 1 small sized finely chopped
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 2 cloves finely chopped
Curry Leaves - a small sprig

To roast & grind:

Cinamon - 1/4 inch piece
Cloves - 2
Peppercorns - 3/4 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Red Chillies - 1.5 broken


  1. Dry roast the ingredients listed under 'to roast & grind' till nice aroma rises...Cool down and grind it to a slightly coarse powder - I used my hand mortar and pestle to do this.Cut cauliflower into small florets soak it in slightly warm water for few mins, drain water and boil cauliflower along with turmeric powder and salt until it becomes soft.How to make mushroom fried rice - Step1
  2. Drain water and add half of the roast & ground powder to cooked cauliflower and marinate it for 15mins.Heat oil in a pan - add the items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter then add garlic, onion and fry till it turns golden brown.How to make mushroom fried rice - Step2
  3. Then add marinated cauliflower and saute for 2mins.Add remaining spice powder and saute for few mins until the cauliflower is nicely coated with the masala.Switch off.How to make mushroom fried rice - Step3
Serve with hot rice and sambar or any kuzhambu of your choice.
Gobi Pepper Fry

My Notes:

  • It is a must to cut the florets a bit small only then the masalas get blended well with the veggie.
  • This is little spicy, so adjust red chillies according to your spice level.
  • You can even grind the spice powder in bulk and use it whenever you want but freshly ground spices always gives great flavour.
  • Usually for other veggies, if I am cooking them separate I reserve the cooked water and add it while making the curry.But for cauliflower, I drain them to get rid of worms and even the pesticides as cauliflower has those high risks.
Cauliflower Pepper Fry Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Tasty recipe.. can hav with rotis too . Thanks for sharing sharmi..

  2. simple and delicious stir fry.. my kids like this simple one

  3. You reminded me of amma's cauliflower pepper fry

  4. I am going to try this next time when I buy gobi..

  5. I too Plan ahead like, what prop to be used, bg, set up everything i plan the previous night or at least a rough plan in my mind about the pic n presentation for the next day work. But mine was a simple one...liked your neat presentation and very appetizing pics Sharmi!
    Cauliflower pepper fry sounds simple yet delicious one to try....inviting pics!

  6. cauliflower pepper fry looks delicious. Very inviting clicks.

  7. tried it just now....spicy and yummy. Perfect side dish for rasam.

  8. I admire the vessel you're using on stove top. it is transparent and good looking. can u share something about it?

    1. It is borosil gourmetwares which can be used in stove and also in oven...check borosil website for more details

  9. that came out really good..thanks for the recipe sharmi..

  10. Like to try this recipe tomorrow. Instead of roasting and grinding part, shall I add little garam masala, pepper powder and coriander powder ?

    1. Yes you can do that too.....but fresh ground spices always lends a great flavour

    2. Had doubts in few recipes, you cleared my doubts . Thank you... Good collection of recipes..... All the best for this awesome work ...


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