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20 November, 2014

Easy cauliflower stir-fry with Sonal’s homemade kadhai masala powder

Comments : 12 Posted in : Easy lunch box recipes, homemade spice mixes, side dish on by : apsara Tags: ,


Sometime ago, my dear blogger friend Sonal of Simply Vegetarian 777 posted a recipe to make kadhai  masala from scratch. A spice mix for any dry curry made in a wok. Her pictures had me drooling! This yummy mix seemed to be so easy to make too, with just regular Indian spices.

I made it at home almost following the exact recipe and have been using it as a quick fix for many vegetables at home. The flavor is perfect!

One particularly good combination is with cauliflower florets and peas. Just steam the cauliflower, toss in a bit of ‘tadka’ or tempering and add the kadhai masala. That’s it! It makes so much difference over having just steamed or lightly cooked veggies. And I’m sure it is way better than store-bought masala (I’ve never bought it, though). Do give it a try!

Cauliflower stir-fry with kadhai masala

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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cauliflower- 1 medium

frozen peas- 1/2 cup

canola oil- 1/2 tbsp.

mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp.

split or whole urad dal (black gram lentil)- 1/2 tsp.

asafoetida powder- a pinch

turmeric powder- a pinch

salt- to taste

kadhai masala- 1-3 tsp.

Refer to her recipe for kadhai masala.


1. I did not have whole kashmiri chillies, so I used kashmiri chilly powder. She has suggested to use paprika if it is not available.

2. I used a coffee grinder/spice grinder for the mix.


1. In a wide pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds, urad dal and asafoetida. When the seeds sputter, add washed cauliflower florets, green peas and salt.

2. Close with lid and cook till veggies are tender. Another option is to add steamed cauliflower to the tempered spices.

3. Stir in  kadhai masala. Garnish with cilantro.





12 thoughts on : Easy cauliflower stir-fry with Sonal’s homemade kadhai masala powder

  • November 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks so much Apsara :). I really appreciate you linking the post to my recipe :). So much more love to you for that! So trying your gobhi and featuring on my FB wall !

    • November 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      It’s my pleasure, Sonal. I really liked this one!

  • November 21, 2014 at 11:34 am

    This would be great for roasting the cauliflower too! My favorite vegetable.

    • November 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      yes, that’s a good idea!

    • November 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks, Dimple. It is simple, yet delish!

    • December 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm


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