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February 10, 2018

Cauliflower Kuzhambu Recipe - South Indian Cauliflower Gravy For Rice, Idli, Roti

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 Cauliflower is in season now. Last week I bought 2 flowers and tried some new recipes with it. I prepared this South Indian, Tamil nadu style Cauliflower kuzhambu for rice, idli and chapathi for the first time watching a video in YouTube. It came out very well. Its a kurma kind of gravy that suits well for rice, idli and chapathi

My mom makes a similar cauliflower kulambu adding green peas. Though the ingredients are the same, this kuzhambu tasted completely different. Tamarind is not used in this recipe instead onion, tomato and coconut masala forms the base. I am sure I will make it very often in my kitchen. Lets see how to make cauliflower kuzhambu recipe with step by step pictures.

Do check out my mom's style cauliflower gravy for rice and idli, Gobi 65, Gobi manchurian and Cauliflower poriyal, Gobi paratha, cauliflower biryani 

Cauliflower kuzhambu for rice

Cauliflower kuzhambu recipe for rice, idli , dosa and roti

Cauliflower kuzhambu recipe for rice, idli , dosa and roti

South Indian style Cauliflower kulambu for rice, idli, dosa , roti

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Kuzhambu recipes
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Cauliflower - 20 florets
  • Big onion - 2 no
  • Ripe tomato - 3 nos (Medium sized)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2tsp (optional)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish


  1. Wash and parboil cauliflower florets in 3 cups of water adding turmeric powder.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadai. Saute onion, gg paste and tomato.
  3. Take sauteed ones in a mixie jar. Add grated coconut, fennel seeds, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and turmeric powder. Grind to smooth paste adding required water.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp oil, temper and add the ground paste. Add the cauliflower florets.
  5. Boil the gravy adding 1 cup of water, required salt. Simmer for 10 minutes till its raw smell goes off.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice, idli, dosa and roti.


  • Wash the cauliflower florets. Boil 3 cups of water adding turmeric powder,little salt. Add cauliflower to hot water & parboil for 5 minutes. Drain the excess water & set aside.
    cauliflower kuzhambu
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadai.Saute onion, ginger garlic paste till onion turns transparent. Now add tomato and saute till mushy.
    cauliflower gravy for rice
  • Grind to a smooth paste adding coconut, fennel seeds, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt.Add required water to make a smooth paste.
    cauliflower gravy for rice
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Temper mustard seeds, curry leaves. After it splutters, add the ground paste. Add 1.5 cups of water and parboiled cauliflower pieces. Mix well and check for taste. Add more salt or chilli powder if needed.
    cauliflower gravy for rice
  • Keep the flame medium and let the gravy boil till nice masala smell wafts through your house. Check for thickness. If its too thick, add some water and bring to desired consistency. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with plain rice. Enjoy !
    cauliflower gravy for rice
  • Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of red chilli powder and garam masala powder as per your taste.
  • You can also use boiled potato instead of cauliflower.
  • If you like, you can add boiled green peas along with cauliflower.
  • Make it slightly thin if you are serving for rice, idli or dosa. If you want to serve for roti/chapathi, boil the gravy till semi thick and serve as kurma.
Try this easy, yummy cauliflower gravy for rice, idli and roti. Enjoy !
Cauliflower gravy for rice

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Unknown said...

Hi Chitra,

I have bookmarked this and definitely going to give it a go this weekend. Will report back to you. What is the accompanying gravy you have there? You would you mind sharing please. I

Thanks a mill

Chitra said...

Thanks. I will be happy to see your feedback. It is Dal palak Andhra style. I have made a post for that. Please check it in the link below :

Unknown said...

Thanks Chitra.

Unknown said...

Hi mam today I tried this gravy and as you told is true. Its best for rice and roti.Thanks for this recipe.

Unknown said...

Super yummy gravy today I prepared for rice but it also pairs with roti also

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your feedback 😃

Chitra said...

Thank you 😃

Hidden Sakura Blogs said...

I have tried this gravy today. Hope my family like it☺️

Chitra said...

Thank you. Do share their feedback too😊

Rajendran said...

Hi- today I tried with curry following your steps and my wife loved as it’s yummy. Thanks for your info!

Chitra said...

Thank you

mithr said...

I tried this recipe today as a side for roti. I make less quantity (enough for a meal) when I cook a recipe the first time. Needless to say, it was all gone! I have tried few of your recipes and every time they turned out well. Thank you for using your time to post recipes.

Chitra said...

Iam so happy to see your feedback. Thank you so much 😍