Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Delectable Cauliflower Stem Chutney / Dip

It is the cauliflower season now and this chutney is prepared as a accompaniment with rice. Normally I used to use only the cauliflower part and discard the stems but today my mother shared this recipe. It was very tasty and simple to prepare too.


  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower stem with leaves
  • 2 tbsp urad dal
  • 4 red chillies
  • 1 tsp jeera/cummin seds
  • pinch of fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • little tamarind
  • 2 tsp oil
  • himalayan salt to taste
For tempering
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 red chilli
  • pinch of hing/asafoetida
  • 1 spring curry leaves

Select and pluck the tender stems of the cauliflower,wash them nicely  and chop them.Keep aside.

Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan, add urad dal, cummin , fenugreek seeds. Once cummin seeds starts to splutter add red chillies and saute if for a min. Transfer it then to a plate.Once it cools grind to a fine powder.

In the same pan add 1 tsp of oil and the chopped caulifower stems  and fry for 1-2 minutes or until it looses its rawness.

Once it cools add them to the above grinded powder with tamarind,salt,sugar and grind to a fine paste.

Transfer it to a serving bowl if you feel it is too thick add a little water.

Prepare the tempering with 1 tsp oil in a pan.Add mustard seeds,hing. Once it splutter add the red chillies and curry leaves and saute it for 1/2 min and immediately pour it over the chutney.

Mix and serve it with rice 

1. Choose only tender cauliflower stems with the leaves as it will taste better.
2. Dont overcook the stems as they will loose the flavor


Sangeetha Priya said...

Effective way of using cauliflower stems, loved it!!

Arthy Suman said...

I usually throw away the stems...lovely way to save it...

Neela Manogar said...

First time I hear this cauliflower stem chutney.... Love this with the hot idlis....

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

Wow nice way to use the stems that I throw!!! bookmarking it!!!

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Beena.stephy said...

New to me looks delicious


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