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Roasted Cauliflower in Turmeric Kefir

4 Servings
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"This recipe takes advantage of kefir (buttermilk can be substituted) for its bright acidity. I prefer to use a bottle of freshly opened kefir or buttermilk here, because as these liquids age, the lactic acid increases, which not only leaves a strong tart taste but also causes the milk proteins to curdle quickly on heating. If you have leftover kefir, use it to make the Blueberry + Omani Lime Ice Cream."


The Flavor Approach

  • "Using the acidity of fermented dairy such as kefir and the Maillard reaction creates a bittersweet taste and new aroma molecules in vegetables.
  • Chickpea flour, which contains starch, acts as a thickener for the base of the sauce.
  • The sound of the seeds sizzling is a good indicator of how hot your oil is; if the oil is hot enough, they will sizzle immediately and brown quickly." — Nik Sharma

Reprinted from The Flavor Equation by Nik Sharma with permission by Chronicle Books, 2020

4

Servings

2 lb [910 g] cauliflower, broken into bite-size florets
1 tsp garam masala, homemade or store-bought
Fine sea salt
4 Tbsp [60 ml] grapeseed or other neutral oil
5¼ oz [150 g] minced red onion
½ tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp red chilli powder (optional)
¼ cup [30 g] chickpea flour
2 cups [480 ml] fresh kefir or buttermilk
½ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp black or brown mustard seeds
1 tsp red chili flakes
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
Ingredients
  • 2

    lb [910 g] cauliflower, broken into bite-size florets

  • 1

    tsp garam masala, homemade or store-bought

  • Fine sea salt

  • 4

    Tbsp [60 ml] grapeseed or other neutral oil

  • oz [150 g] minced red onion

  • ½

    tsp ground turmeric

  • ½

    tsp red chilli powder (optional)

  • ¼

    cup [30 g] chickpea flour

  • 2

    cups [480 ml] fresh kefir or buttermilk

  • ½

    tsp cumin seeds

  • ½

    tsp black or brown mustard seeds

  • 1
  • 2

    Tbsp chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley

Directions

Roasted Cauliflower in Turmeric Kefir

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Jon S.

***Grubbin'! I ended up using buttermilk and it worked out great.