Cauliflower, fenugreek and mint curry

25 Apr

Cauliflower, fenugreek and mint curry

Cauliflower, fenugreek and mint curry

I like to peel back the layers of stuffed okra and nibble on them. I have a bit on an obsession with black head removal and I have never drunk a cup of tea or coffee, not a full one anyway. I never dance, not at parties not in the house and I like reading about reincarnation and have books on Dr. Stevenson’s work on the subject, documenting case studies. I never went to clubs in my university days and I actually enjoyed childbirth. It is true. Go on, say it if you haven’t already…I know, I must be weird.

Cauliflower, fenugreek and mint curry

I am weird, aren’t you? But now, I love sharing my unusual recipes with you. This one emerged from a visit to the Indian grocers.  My toddler and I chat about each of the ingredients. He went over and picked some fresh dill and told me that it smells yummy. We looked at parsley and it didn’t do anything scent-wise but the aromas of the fenugreek and mint wafted the most impactful smack of green freshness and as I got a good whiff of them together, I thought, actually…they work pretty well together. I have never had these two ingredients cooked together in this way, but let me tell you…It is strong. It is also pretty healthy and nutritious as far as curry goes.

Cauliflower, fenugreek and mint curry


One medium head of cauliflower cut into florets

One medium onion, thinly sliced

200g fenugreek, leaves (or one bunch) removed

50g fresh mint leaves

2 tsp. tomato puree

1 tsp. cumin seeds

2 cloves of garlic

¾ tsp. garam masala

½ lemon, squeezed

Salt to taste

2 green chillies slit open and halved

1 tsp. coriander powder

¼ tsp. mustard seeds

1 tsp. cumin powder

½ tsp. ground turmeric

2 tbsp. cooking oil


  1. Finely chop the mint and fenugreek leaves together or use a food processor for a finer texture.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep pan and add the cumin, chillies and mustard seeds, then allow them to sizzle.
  3. Add onion, salt and turmeric and then sauté the onion until it starts to soften before adding the garlic. Cook for a further minute before introducing the cauliflower, fenugreek leaves and mint leaves.
  4. Sprinkle in the salt, garam masala and the coriander and cumin powders. Mix the curry well and then squeeze in the lemon juice and then incorporate the tomato puree.
  5. Cover and cook the curry until the cauliflower is soft enough to pierce.
  6. Serve hot and steaming with chapatti and lashings of cool yoghurt.

25 Responses to “Cauliflower, fenugreek and mint curry”

  1. Elaine @ foodbod April 26, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    Wonderfully weird darling Deena 🙂 or merely, individual xx lovely recipe too xx

  2. Katie @ Whole Nourishment April 26, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Yes, we are ALL weird! You impress me how patient and inclusive you are with your son’s involvement in food planning and preparation. Kudos to you, Deena! Love cauliflower in any kind of curry/stew. And what a refreshing twist to add mint in a curry!

    • Deena Kakaya April 26, 2014 at 10:26 am #

      Thank you so much Katie, it’s so lovely when people actually sense my utter challenge when it comes to feeding my boy. Sometimes it’s painful, sometimes draining. It’s always a case of really planning and thinking but when he actually eats it, it’s really rewarding.

      I know, mint?! But heck it was good x

  3. Cheesy Biscuit April 26, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    This post made me smile! I agree with your son with regards to the scent of dill – dill-icious! Got a big bunch perfuming our kitchen as i type. And I love the idea of the cauliflower/mint/fenugreek curry. Will have to try sometime. Thanks for sharing this unusual recipe!

  4. Poppy April 27, 2014 at 1:17 am #

    Deena, this made me laugh, love your quirks! Also, I adore fenugreek, I have never found it fresh though and I’m still hunting okra. Time to google an Indian grocers I think! X

    • Deena Kakaya April 27, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      Thank you Poppy! I really hope you can find the ingredients. I’m fortunate that my local ( large) tesco stocks them all x

      • Poppy April 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

        I don’t have a large supermarket for about 20 miles and I’m not sure that it would stock those things anyway as I think it’s only in some areas that they stock it? Annoying! x

  5. Anita Menon April 27, 2014 at 6:42 am #

    Its your style. its special. Love the combination. Out goes alu methi. In comes gobhi methi!

    • Deena Kakaya April 27, 2014 at 7:36 am #

      Ah, thanks Anita. Yes, not forgetting the unusual addition of mint x

  6. Rhonda Sittig April 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    This looks so flavorful and healthy!! and I love the color. You have an amazing variety on dishes on your blog. love it!

    • Deena Kakaya April 27, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

      Thanks Rhonda! I’m so pleased to learn that you are enjoying my recipes, as I do yours x

  7. Sally April 28, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    I can’t share your love of nibbling on okra Deena but enjoy spicy cauliflower dishes any day.

    • Deena Kakaya April 28, 2014 at 10:38 am #

      Hi Sally, it is lovely to hear from you. Ah, there’s nothing like a stuffed okra, though this dish is equally tasty and more unusual. Glad you like it x

  8. EA-The Spicy RD April 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    I have never seen fresh fenugreek leaves before, but I love how you and your little guy had fun sniffing some greens! No dancing at all, not even around the house? That is ok 🙂 I agree that we are all weird-in the most wonderful way!!!

  9. coconutcraze April 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Yes, I am weird too in my own ways. It is interesting to read your thoughts and this creative recipe.I like both methi and cauliflower and what a way to marry them. I guess, it will be a burst of earthy flavours!

  10. Joanne April 29, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Sounds like a great combination not to me!

  11. Claudia ~ Food with a View April 30, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    Never thought about the combination of cauliflower and mint. Sounds gorgeous!

    • Deena Kakaya April 30, 2014 at 9:59 am #

      Neither had I Claudia, but it’s surprisingly good x

  12. kellie@foodtoglow May 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    I agree with Katie, I too am impressed with how patient you are with your son’s food and culture education. It is sweet how you were having a good sniff of herbs with your boy and magicked up this lovely recipe. It is wonderful when a recipe comes together in such a serendipitous way. And you are NOT weird. Just honest x

  13. Sophie33 May 6, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    I made this delicious apart curry & loved it so much! My hubby agreed with me! xx

    • Deena Kakaya May 6, 2014 at 7:34 am #

      Hi Sophie! I’m so glad that you like the curry. The mint is an unusual sensation but welcome one I hope x

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