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Cauliflowers in Indian Leafy Greens Gravy ( VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE )

a vegetarian side dish using Cauliflowers in the winter leafy greens based gravy, perfect for festive time (without onion & garlic)
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian


  • cup Cauliflower floret (medium)
  • 1 cup Spinach leaf (palak) (tightly packed)
  • ½ cup Fenugreek leaf (methi) (tightly packed)
  • ½ cup Mustard leaf (sarso) (tightly packed) 
  • 2 no. Tomato (roughly chopped)
  • 10-12 no. Cashew (soaked)
  • 1 inch Ginger (roughly chopped)
  • 2-3 no. Green chili
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder 
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seed
  • 2 no. Bay leaf
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 1 no. Cardamom
  • 2 no. Clove
  • ¼ tsp Sugar (optional) 
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Salt as needed
  • Water as needed


  • In a blender jar take roughly chopped tomatoes, soaked cashew, 1 bay leaf, roughly chopped ginger and make a fine paste. Keep aside.
  • Next in a pan heat enough water.
  • When it comes to boil, add salt and all the leaves.
  • Blanch the leaves for 1-2 minutes or until wilted and immediately transfer to a bowl full of water (to retain the green color).
  • When cools down, put in a blender jar along with green chili.
  • Make a smooth puree and keep aside.
  • Now heat oil in a pan and fry the cauliflower florets until lightly golden color.
  • Transfer to a plate and keep aside.
  • Into the remaining oil in the pan add 1 bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves and cumin seeds.
  • When the spices start to splutter, add tomato paste and saute for 1 minute.
  • Then add turmeric powder, garam masala powder and mix well.
  • Allow to cook for 4-5 minutes over low-medium heat or till oil comes out from the masala.
  • Next add the puree, 1/2 cup water, sugar and salt.
  • Mix well and then add the fried cauliflower florets.
  • Give a quick mix again and allow to cook for 5-10 minutes over low heat.
  • Turn off heat and serve hot with any plain rice, jeera rice or even paratha, roti, naan !


  • The addition of sugar is optional. It is added to balance the bitterness of the leaves.
  • Adjust the spiciness by adding less / more green chilies.
  • Instead of cashew, same amount of almonds can be opted too.
Keyword Cauliflower, Gluten free, No Onion No Garlic Recipe, vegan