Spicy Cauliflower (Masala Gobhi) Recipe

Masala GobhiServes 2-4

Ingredients (Buy locally grown organic ingredients, if possible)

3-4 teaspoons ghee (make organic ghee at home)

1 pinch asafoetida powder (hing)

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)

1/2 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)

1/4 cup onions, chopped (optional)

1 teaspoon ginger, chopped


1 medium head cauliflower (gobhi)

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)

1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds, roasted and freshly ground

1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds, roasted and freshly ground

1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder (optional)

Rock salt (saindhav salt) to taste

Cilantro for garnish, chopped



  1. Cut the cauliflower into 3/4″ florets (bite-sized), rinse and pat dry it completely.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons ghee in a cast-iron skillet on medium heat. Add asafoetida, cumin, and carom seeds. Wait until seeds splutter, not allowing them to burn. Add chopped onions and ginger. Sauté until reddish-brown, about 6-8 minutes. Keep it aside.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon ghee in a deep clay pot and add cauliflower florets and let it cook without lid on low-medium heat for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally and continue cooking until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Once vegetables are tender, add sautéed onions-ginger mixture, turmeric powder, roasted coriander powder, roasted cumin powder, red chili powder, and rock salt.  Mix well and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat when done. Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving.



Cauliflower can be made with or without onions. Enjoy it warm with slow-cooked whole mung bean dal and fresh whole-wheat chapati.

Recipe shared by Preeti Gupta


About Preeti Gupta

Preeti Gupta is a classically trained Ayurvedic Practitioner practicing in the Bay area. She provides personalized Ayurvedic counseling sessions and monthly group wellness events that focus on balanced diet, healthy nutrition, natural detoxification, rejuvenation and disease prevention. She is passionate about using food as a medicine, and she looks forward to being part of your Ayurvedic journey soon!