Whole tandoori cauliflower with jewelled rice salad

Whole tandoori cauliflower with jewelled rice salad

  • serves 6
  • A little effort

Check out this Indian spiced whole roasted cauliflower with fluffy rice, pomegranate seeds and crunchy pistachios. This flavoursome recipe makes a showstoping veggie dish to serve friends and family at your next bbq


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*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards



  • natural yogurt 200g
  • onion ½, chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves, chopped
  • ginger a thumb-sized piece, chopped
  • red chilli 1, deseeded and chopped
  • ground cumin ½ tsp
  • ground coriander ½ tsp
  • smoked paprika ½ tsp
  • ground turmeric ½ tsp
  • garam masala 1 tsp
  • lemon ½, juiced
  • cauliflower 1 large, with an X cut into the base of the stem


  • olive oil 6 tbsp
  • onions 4, finely chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves, crushed
  • ginger 2 thumb-sized pieces, grated
  • garam masala 2 tsp
  • ground cinnamon ½ tsp
  • dried mint 4 tsp
  • ready-cooked rice 2 x 250g pouches
  • pistachios 50g, roughly chopped
  • dried cranberries 50g, roughly chopped
  • pomegranate seeds 100g
  • flat-leaf parsley a small bunch, chopped
  • coriander a small bunch, chopped


  • extra-virgin olive oil 2 tbsp
  • pomegranate molasses 4 tbsp
  • lemons 2, juiced


  • Step 1

    Put the yogurt, onion, garlic, ginger, chilli, spices, lemon juice and ½ tsp salt into a food processor and whizz until smooth. Layer two big pieces of foil, and put the cauliflower in the middle. Use a sharp knife to carefully stab the cauliflower all over  to let heat and the marinade penetrate. Pour over the marinade and use your hands to rub it in really well. Gather up the sides of the foil and crimp to seal, so the cauliflower is completely enclosed. Chill for 6 hours or overnight.

  • Step 2

    For the salad, heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the onions and some seasoning. Cook for 20 minutes over a medium heat, stirring regularly, or until really soft and golden. Stir in the garlic, ginger and spices, and cook gently for 2-3 minutes or until it smells fragrant. Stir in the dried mint and cool slightly. Toss the onions with the rice, pistachios, cranberries and pomegranate seeds, and chill.

  • Step 3

    Heat a BBQ until medium-hot (see cook’s notes). Put the cauliflower, in its foil wrap, onto the BBQ base-side down. Cook for 15 minutes with the lid down, then unwrap, and cook again with the lid down, basting regularly, until charred all over and the centre is very tender to the point of a knife. Remove onto a plate and cover with foil for 5 minutes to rest.

  • Step 4

    Whisk together the dressing ingredients and toss into the rice salad. Tip in the chopped herbs, toss again and serve with the cauliflower and any juices.

To oven cook, heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Roast the cauliflower in the foil for 25 minutes, then open the parcel and cook for 45 minutes-1 hour, basting regularly, or until charred and the stem is very tender to the point of a knife.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 496
  • Fat 23.1g
  • Saturates 3.7g
  • Carbs 55g
  • Sugars 29.5g
  • Fibre 10.3g
  • Protein 12.1g
  • Salt 1.1g