Cauliflower kuzhambu / Cauliflower curry / Cauliflower gravy without coconut

Written by: 7aumsuvai
Cauliflower kuzhambu is an excellent sidedish for rice, chappathi or idly and dosai, prepared with simple ingredients and very easy to prepare.

Cauliflower kuzhambu

Serves 4 people
      • 15 nos – Cauliflower florets
      • 1 no - Onion (chopped finely)
      • 1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
      • 1 tsp - Red chilli powder (or add as needed)
      • 1 1/2 tsp - Coriander powder
      • 1/4 tsp - Garam masala powder
      • Salt to taste
For grinding:
      • 1 tsp - Oil
      • 10 nos - Small onion / sambar onion
      • 1 medium - Tomato (chopped)
      • 1 tbsp - Oil
      • 1/4 tsp - Mustard seeds
      • 1/4 tsp - Split black gram / ulunthu
      • 1/4 tsp – Cumin seeds / Jeera
      • 5 to 6 nos - Curry leaves (fresh)
      • 1 pinch – Asafoetida
Cauliflower kuzhambu

Preparation method:
  1. Wash cauliflower florets with hot water, a pinch of turmeric powder and little salt, keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add small onion and tomato, saute until they are well cooked. Allow them to cool completely and grind them to coarse paste.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, season with items given in the list for seasonings. Add chopped onion along with little salt, saute until they are transparent. Followed by cauliflower, saute for few minutes.
  4. Now add ground onion tomato paste and saute for few seconds. Then add all masala powder given in the ingredient list and saute until raw smell goes.
  5. Add 1 to 1 1/4 cups of water and required salt, bring it to boil. Cover with lid and cook until you reach desired consistency. Switch off the stove and serve with hot rice.
Cauliflower kuzhambu

  • Washing cauliflower with hot water, turmeric powder and salt, helps to remove any worms in it.
  • You can serve this yummy curry with roti or chappathi.
Cauliflower kuzhambu


  1. Made this today with beetroot chapathi. the combination was awesome. very simple yet wonderful taste of cauliflower kuzhambu. thank u.

  2. I tried it last night. Very good! My ten year old looked at it suspiciously . . . then gobbled down a huge plate! Thank you.

    Substitution ideas: I used a can of tomato sauce since I didn't have a fresh tomato, and I didn't grind the ingredients.


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