Spiced Mashed Cauliflower


Spiced Mashed Cauliflower

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 medium cauliflower cut into florets
  • salt
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons yellow or brown mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the cauliflower and cook until the cauliflower is easily pierced with a fork, about 6 minutes.

  2. Drain very well and return to the stockpot over the still warm (but turned off) burner. Cover and let sit for 2-3 minutes.

  3. Place the cauliflower florets in the base of a food processor or high speed blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and scoop onto a shallow serving bowl.

  4. In a small saucepan heat the oil over high heat until the oil begins to smoke. Add the mustard seeds and immediately cover with a lid or a splatter screen.

  5. When the mustard seeds begin to slow down/stop popping, add the turmeric, cayenne pepper and red onion. Cook, stirring, for about a minute, just until the onion begins to soften.

  6. Scatter the mixture over the cauliflower and garnish with the cilantro leaves. Swirl the mixture together just before serving.

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