Cauliflower poriyal, a delicious stir-fry with cauliflower florets, chilies and coconut. A quick and easy side-dish, pairs well with rice.
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Poriyal, tamil name given to dry curries made with vegetables. It is a simple stir-fry of any vegetable with chilies, finished with coconut. Poriyals are regular in south-indian homes. Beets Poriyal, Cabbage & carrot poriyal are some common stir-fries in a South-Indian kitchen.
Today's Lunch Thali
If you read my keerai kootu, Lunch thali #2 post, you must be knowing keerai and rasam is my little one's favorite combo. Yes, he is 9 and loves spinach and tomato rasam. Today's thali too features a keerai and rasam.
- Amaranth Keerai Poriyal
- Jeera rasam
- Cauliflower poriyal
- Steaming hot rice
- Curd, not in the picture.
Recently I have stopped using garlic and onion in my cooking. We started this as an experiment last year and slowly made it a habit and now we don't miss onion and garlic in our kitchen.
If you think sattvic food, might be bland and tasteless, then you are completely mistaken. Here is a delicious Vrat ka thali/Navratri fasting thali from Cook with renu and a simple Sattvic South-Indian thali from Kalyani.
Most of the dishes in tambrahm cuisine are sattvic, except for some specialties like Shallots/vengaya sambar or poondu/garlic kuzhambu
As I mentioned in my previous post, I share my daily thali in Instagram and my friends who like and comment, always wonder how come I cook so much everyday. Cooking is easy when you plan ahead. I try to plan my week's cooking on Saturday or atleast do the vegetable shopping during the weekend. So when you are ready with the vegetables and what to cook(meal plan), it takes hardly an hour to cook. I get teased when I say it is simple, but trust me it is truly simple.
- Cauliflower, the hero of the recipe. I have used around 800 grams of cauliflower florets. It measures around 3.5 in cups measure.
- Peas, though optional, adds color and texture to the curry. I have used frozen peas.
- Spice, I have used green chilies, red chilies can also be used.
- Coconut, do not miss coconut, it adds a wonderful aroma and flavor to the poriyal.
- Tempering, usual mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing and curry leaves are used.
Step by Step Instructions
Please check recipe card below for exact measurements of each ingredient used and also for the detailed instructions
- To make cauliflower poriyal, cut the cauliflower florets, and soak them in plain water and salt. Let this sit for 15 minutes, then drain the florets completely.
- Heat a pan with oil, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, and hing. Add chopped green chilies and sauté.
- To this now add drained cauliflower, peas, coconut, salt and turmeric powder. Sprinkle little water, cover and cook for 10 minutes in a medium flame.
- After the said time, remove the cover and let it sit on the flame for another 2-3 minutes. Take it off the stove and serve it warm along with rice.
- This simple cauliflower & peas poriyal can be packed in lunch box for schools and office.
- They can be served with both rice and roti.
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Cauliflower Poriyal | Cauliflower & Coconut Stir-fry |South-Indian Lunch #3
- 800 grams Cauliflower florets, approximately 4 cups
- ¼ cup green peas i have used frozen peas
- 3 nos green chilies, chopped
- ¼ cup freshly grated coconut
- ¾ teaspoon salt or to taste
- 2 teaspoon oil
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds/kadugu
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
- ⅛ teaspoon hing/asafoetida
- few curry leaves
- Cut cauliflower florets and soak it in salt water. Let this sit for 15 minutes. Then drain the cauliflower florets completely.
- Heat a wide pan with oil, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing and curry leaves. Add chopped chilies to this and sauté.
- To this sizzling tempering, add the cauliflower florets and peas to this. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
- Add fresh coconut to this, mix well. Sprinkle little water, cover and cook for 10 minutes in a medium flame.
- After the said time, remove the cover, mix well. Let it sit on the stove for another 2 minutes, without cover.
- Take it off heat, serve it warm with rice or roti. This simple cauliflower curry can be served with rice and roti.
- Do not add more water to the stir-fry. Just sprinkle water once or twice. Cauliflower cooks quickly in the steam.
I m not a Doctor or a Nutritionist The Nutrition information provided above comes from the plugin and is only an estimate.
This delicious cauliflower poriyal can be served with both roti and rice. I love to eat this stir-fry as such like a salad. If you love dry curries with your roti, then this simple cauliflower saute will be your favorite.
This would be a great snack.Thanks for participating Priya 😀
I completely agree with you that it’s the planning that’s more important than the actual cooking. The meal looks delicious and cauliflower porial is my son’s favorite !
If the veggies are chopped, cooking truly becomes simple, planning is another story!
The cauliflower poriyal sounds delicious , the coconut surely is the key ingredient. Let me try this version next time.
I am mostly like you, get the veggies for the week and plan the menu as needed. If the veggies are prepped cooking takes about 40 minutes for me. This simple cauliflower poriyal is a good addition to the meal plate.
I totally agree planning reduces half of the cooking time. This is simple but very soulful food with rasam, keerai, and cauliflower stir fry.
You surely have a wonderful mix of dishes..we mostly make gravy with gobi and very rarely make poriyal..must try version Priya..
My husband loves cauliflower poriyal, he is the one who makes it at our house. the recipe is exactly the same as yours and tastes phenomenal.
I'll have to try this Cauliflower Poriyal recipe Priya as I am now quite tired of having my Gujarati style dry cauliflower and peas shaak or sabji. A change in flavors especially since its got coconut and curry leaves. Simply and healthy.
This is a great curry. This is one of favorite curry. Love the simple flavors of the curry and the simple meal.
An awesome stir fry recipe of Cauliflower poriyal with coconut sounds like my kind lunch. This is quick and easy side dish, that can go well with rice or roti.
I like cauliflower and often make it in Aloo gobhi sabzi. Never tried making it alone with peas like your recipe. It sounds and looks so comforting and delicious, I shall give it a try. Love the thali spread you have presented here.
I love cauliflower stir fry. Our all-time favorite gobi side dish. I never added grated coconuts to the sabzi, this sounds yummy too.
Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey
I am loving this simple and quick cauliflower poriyal sabji, always lookout for a different style of cauliflower recipes.
I love cauliflower and this simple stir fry sounds absolutely delicious. Addition of coconut makes it extra special. A perfect side dish for any Indian meal.
I love the flavor of coconut in my curries. Would love trying out the cauliflower poriyal soon.
Cutting vegetables is something I hate and then making a menu is next on the list. But reading that you cook in one hour makes me sit up. Now that is my goal. And thanks to this cauliflower poriyal meal tomorrow is easy poriyal and rasam sounds like a delicious combo. Thanks a lot really appreciate it especially when it means I can escape in an hour.
I don't use onion and garlic at all when preparing south Indian meals as a habit. I sometimes add cabbage as well to this curry. The whle meal looks delicious.