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Lajina’s Nutty Cauliflower and Broccoli

Lajina Masala


Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 20 mins


1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp each of ginger and garlic, grated

1/2 tsp each of: cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and chilli flakes

1/2 tsp salt and a sprinkle of black pepper

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets

1 small head of broccoli, cut into florets

a handful of nuts of your choice (almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts)

Optional extras:

2 tbsp desiccated coconut, a handful of fresh coriander leaves, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a pinch of sugar, a small knob of butter, a pinch of garam masala, a fresh chilli

Veg Portions / Serving: 2


Kitchen Ninja

Recipe donated by Lajina Masala for Veg Power.

Lajina Masala shares a simple curried vegetable side dish that is easy to make and delicious to eat.


Heat the oil in a big pan, and fry the ginger and garlic over medium heat for 5 mins, adding splashes of water to stop them from burning. Add the spices, turmeric, salt, and tomato puree and cook for another 5 mins, again with splashes of water to form a paste (keep an eye on the mixture to make sure it does not stick – if it dries out, add a splash of water).

Add the raw cauliflower, broccoli and nuts or coconut, and simmer for a further 8 mins until the vegetables are tender – you may need to add another splash of water, just not too much as you don’t want the veg to turn to mush.

Finish with fresh coriander and fresh lemon juice, and check the seasoning, adding more salt & pepper if needed. You may like to finish with a small knob of butter too, and maybe a sprinkle of garam masala.

Kids in the kitchen:

Show the kids how to carefully add the veg to the pan, and have them assemble and finish the dish by squeezing lemon juice over, chopping fresh coriander carefully with scissors and scattering over the curry, and sprinkling with garam masala.

Lajina Masala

Lajina Masala is the creator of Masala Spice Blends, and a teacher of Indian cuisine from corporate clients to adults, children and famillies.

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