Creamy Aromatic Cauliflower

Cauliflower in a creamy aromatic sauce in a handmade black and white bowl.
Aromatic Creamy Braised Cauliflower with Chilli Sauce

Cauliflowers are everywhere at the moment and very inexpensive. Nourishing and comforting, you can pull this creamy aromatic cauliflower recipe together in half an hour. I guess it could be classified as cauliflower curry as it is pretty spicy and aromatic; cloves, cardamom and cinnamon, but the combination of the yoghurt and warm earthy spices are terrific.

Chilli Sauce

The Wild Epicurean sous chef marked this as ‘medium’ spicy, so feel free to reduce the chillies if that’s not your thing. The chilli sauce topping is optional but adds an extra layer of flavour, offsetting the aromatic creamy sauce with a tomato chilli zing! Use chilli flakes rather than dried or fresh, as you may feel more comfortable with their spice level.

Pair it with rice, rustic pitta bread, or a side dish with simple grilled meats. Rather than serve it as it is, you can blend it to make a spicy, cauliflower curry soup and then top it with toasted almonds.

Cheesy Options

Is cauliflower synonymous with cheese? Follow the recipe instructions and add a little finely grated cheese to the sauce towards the end of cooking. It needs to be finely grated so it melts quickly into the sauce, and you don’t break up the cauliflower when mixing it in. Even better, top with some cheese and slide under the grill for a few minutes.šŸ˜

Don’t be put off by the different spices; it’s quick and easy.

Loved this? Check out some of our other delicious vegetarian recipes here.

Creamy Aromatic Cauliflower

Garlic, cardamon, fresh chillies and cloves in a creamy yoghurt sauce. Easy side dish or comforting lunch.
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Course: light lunch, side dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: comfort food, easy, quick, spicy
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: The Wild Epicurean


  • Large heavy based pan


Braised Cauliflower

  • 450 g cauliflower divided into small florets. Thinly slice stalks and roughly chop any good green leaves.
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 finely minced onion
  • 2-3 cloves finely minced garlic
  • 3 small finely minced fresh chillies or chill flakes
  • 4 whole cloves Ā¼ tsp powdered
  • 2 pods green cardamom Ā¾ tsp powdered
  • Ā½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp powdered coriander
  • Ā¾ tsp powdered cinnamon
  • 200 ml milk
  • 100-200 ml hot vegetable/chicken stock (or stock cube)
  • 300 ml greek yoghurt add the flour to stop the yoghurt from splitting – you may struggle if the yoghurt is very low fat or fat free
  • 1Ā½ tsp flour
  • light oil or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander to serve
  • Ā¼ tsp salt (reduce if using a stock cube or salty stock)

Chilli Sauce

  • 1 tsp vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salem oelek or sirancha sauce
  • dash olive oil


Braised Cauliflower

  • In a mini blender or with a grater, finely mince the onion, garlic and chillies.
  • Saute the onion, garlic and chilli mix in a large heavy based pan until soft, add the rest of the spices and cook for about a minute.
  • Add the potato and cauliflower and gently cook in the spice mix for about a minute, add the milk, bring to boil, add the hot stock and simmer covered for 15 minutes.
  • Whisk the flour with the yoghurt, reduce the heat and add to the pan. Simmer for a further 15 mintues or until the cauliflower/potato is tender. Add more stock if necessary.
  • Serve piping hot with a drizzle of chilli sauce and chopped coriander or parsely.

Chilli Sauce

  • Whisk the stock, concentrate and chilli seasoning and bubble up in a small pan


Delicious served with pitta bread or rice for lunch or as an accompaniment to simple grilled meat dishes. You can easily turn this in a creamy cauliflower soup, blend the mixture, adding more stock if necessary. Bring back to the boil and serve with toasted flaked almonds.

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