Tuesday 18 April 2017

Cauliflower + Pumpkin

Are cauliflower and pumpkin good friends? I know potatoes and cauliflower are in Aloo Gobi (which I love) and let's just say, pumpkin is a new friend.

This recipe, Stir-Fried Potatoes and Cauliflower with Masala, I found in the book Banana Leaf Temptations. Since I had pumpkin in the fridge, I thought why not let it take the place of potatoes.

The cauliflower and pumpkin are steamed first to shorten cooking time. The recipe uses 1 kg each of cauliflower and pumpkin, which is way too much for me.

I adjusted the masala ingredients to fit the amount of cauliflower and pumpkin I used. I also did not have any aniseed and cumin, so I substituted with the powdered form. It would have been more fragrant if the whole spices were used.

I sort of regretted reducing too much of the spices because there did not seem to be enough to coat the vegetables. So in the recipe below I have increased the amount which I feel should be adequate.

Stir Fried Cauliflower and Pumpkin with Masala
Recipe source : Adapted from Banana Leaf Temptations (page 132)

Ingredients :
- 300g cauliflower, cut into florets and lightly steamed
- 300g pumpkin, cut into cubes and steamed till tender
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 big onion, sliced
- 2 sprigs curry leaves
- 2 tsp chili paste
- some water
- salt to taste

Mix together these 3 spice powders :
- 2 tsp aniseed powder
- 3 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder

Method :
1. Heat oil in pan and fry mustard seeds until they sputter.
2. Add onions and curry leaves.
3. Saute until onions are soft.
4. Add chili paste and continue to saute until chili paste is cooked through.
5. Add the mixed spice powders and saute briefly. Add some water to moisten.
6. Add cauliflower and pumpkin and stir to mix.
7. Add salt to taste
8. Continue to stir till there is no moisture left in the pan.


  1. Not really fond of cauliflower but I do eat it. This dish must be bursting with flavour.

  2. Mmmnnn... I just ate steamed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots with boiled egg for lunch today. I will add pumpkin tomorrow and hope to shed off 8 kg by this weekend.

  3. just the kind of dish that i like if it is not too salty! yums! cauliflower and pumpkin!

  4. Ooooo...my girl loves this!!! Gotta try and cook that sometime.

    1. It has lots of spicy flavors and it's good to eat.

  5. I think pumpkin can be friends with anything. ;-)

  6. This looks like a dish straight out of an Indian mixed rice restaurant (which I would certainly take if I see it). I've never cooked pumpkin at home coz I'm intimidated by its size (I can't finish a whole one) and how to cut it (needs a cleaver to cut through as it's very hard...and I'm afraid of handling big knives...hehe!) ;D

    1. The ones I buy from Aeon are already cut. They sell them in halves or quarters and those are much easier to handle.

  7. Hi Phong Hong, delicious and healthy vegetable dish especially with tumeric.

    1. Hi Kimmy! Yes, this dish is good for dieting hah..hah...

  8. I think I will like this dish because I love pumpkin!

  9. Pumpkin and cauliflower, something new, like east meet west i guess, haha..just ignore it.

    1. hah..hah...they are good together :)

  10. Tak pernah pulak matchkan 2 ni. Pumpkin tu lagilah i masak lemak je LL...tak pun masak pengat. Goreng macam ni belum pernah cuba pulak

    1. Hainom, masak lemak pun sedap. Dah lama LL tak makan sayur masak lemak. Rindu pulak.