This curry roasted cauliflower side dish is an easy and comforting side dishes made with easy ingredients found in most pantries!
Cauliflower is having a bit of a moment isn’t it? Or did I miss the trend? I can’t keep up anymore. But for a time period I felt like cauliflower was everywhere. From “pizza crust” to “rice”, it was the carb substitute of choice. Somehow the cruciferous vegetable became the go-to ingredients in the same way that kale was new leafy “it” green a few years ago. And though I think it’s wonderful that folks have “discovered” the lowly cauliflower, I’ve been a fan all along.
My mom used to make cauliflower and broccoli growing up. It was usually a quick stir-fry, one that made a frequent appearance on our dinner table. The cauliflower back then never masqueraded as something else. There was no broken bits of white vegetable to replace rice (we’re an Asian household, we always had actual rice on the table) and definitely no ersatz pizza crust. Instead we had cauliflower broken down into whole florets pieces, barely seasoned with salt and pepper and quickly cooked in a wok.
These days I don’t judge folks who use it to replace their carbs. It’s not a choice I would make for myself, but I would never tell folks what they should eat. It’s their life and their bodies, and more importantly, no one ever changed their eating habits when a completely stranger tells them to eat differently. At least no one I know.
But I do wish some folks would just trying some cauliflower as a straight up vegetable. It’s mild in flavor, absorbing the seasonings that is put on it. And when it’s paired with curry-based seasonings like cumin, coriander and turmeric, it shines as an excellent side dish. Roasting it in the oven brings a nice smoky char to the vegetable and means the majority of work is done by the oven, leaving you time to do something else. And less work is always trendy.