Summery Cauliflower Rassa

September 14, 2015

There is a wealth of Indian recipes for cauliflower, well beyond the ever popular Aloo Gobi. For example, Maharashtrian Cauliflower Rassa, a light and summery, delicately spiced stew that is lovely with flatbreads. The word “Rassa” simply means “with juice/sauce”. Traditionally, you would use Goda Masala with this, which is best made at home in small quantities for freshness. But I have bypassed that with a dash of garam masala. I have also added batata pr potatoes. In this case new potatoes, which have added no peel appeal!


Cauliflower rassa 550


Feeds 4:

  • 500 gm cauliflower
  • 5 medium new potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 inch square fresh coconut
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 green chilli
  • Half tsp mustard seeds
  • Half tsp cumin seeds
  • Pinch of asafoetida
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil



Break or cut the cauliflower into large florets. Roughly chop the onion. Then puree the tomato, with the coconut and the green chilli to make a masala paste.

In a large wok or saute pan, bring the oil to heat on medium. When it’s hot and sizzles around a wooden spoon, toss in the hing and then the mustard and cumin seeds. As they sizzle up, mix in the onion, ginger and garlic.

Cook these for 10 minutes until caramelised, then stir in the tomato paste. Fry this for five minutes on high, stirring well to avoid it from getting stuck to the pan.

Next, add a cup of water to the spices, place the cauliflower and potato in it gently, cover and cook for about 10 minutes until soft. Add the garam masala, salt to your taste and stir through gently to avoid breaking the pieces of cauliflower.

Serve Cauliflower Rassa hot with a buttered flatbread of your choice.



4 Responses to “Summery Cauliflower Rassa”

  1. Mallika Says:

    September 17th, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    You’re most welcome Mary! x

  2. Mallika Says:

    September 17th, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Mausumi, I don’t bother precooking the veg beforehand as the steam and the thin curry lets it all cook gently and it’s more healthy too. Really hope you try it x

  3. Mausumi Says:

    September 17th, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Mallika,

    The Rasa looks yummy. I would love to try this one. One question though – do you fry the cauliflower florets and the potato beforehand?

    Thank you!


  4. Mary Says:

    September 15th, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Sounds and looks delicious ~ will make! Thank you.

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