cauliflower pepper fry recipe | cauliflower milagu varuval recipe

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cauliflower pepper fry recipe | cauliflower milagu varuval recipe. a.k. a cauliflower milagu pirattal is an easy to make, simple recipe with pepper spice mix flavored stir fry. that will go with rice as a side dish. 

this is not a deep fried recipe and so i can call it a healthier version of pepper cauliflower. i like pepper flavour on cauliflower. especially when some one in family is down with cold, i make this. this is one of the best vegetarian alternate to pepper chicken

cauliflower pepper fry recipe

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cauliflower pepper fry recipe

cauliflower milagu varuval recipe

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cauliflower pepper fry recipe

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 cups cauliflower florets

to grind coarsely

  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp peppercorns
  • 4-5 no garlic cloves
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds

to make the stir fry

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves


  • grind everything given under “to grind coarsely” to a coarse powder. 
  • clean the cauliflower florets and put them in a bowl of hot water with turmeric powder for 15 minutes.
  • strain it and add the coarse pepper spice mix to it and mix well. set it aside
  • heat oil in a pan and crackle mustard seeds and cumin seeds. 
  • further add chopped onions and fry till slightly brown. 
  • chop the tomatoes and add it to the pan. fry for a minute. 
  • to this onion tomato mixture, add the marinated cauliflower pieces, salt and 1/2 a cup of water. 
  • close and cook until the cauliflower is soft. may take 10-15 minutes. 
  • open and let it dry on high flame until slightly roasted and colour changes from brown to black. 
  • lastly add chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rice and curry. 


cauliflower pepper fry recipe

1.clean the cauliflower florets and soak them in hot water along with a tsp of turmeric powder. let it sit undisturbed for 10 -15 minutes. strain it and discard the water. this process is to be followed for any dish using cauliflower as it has a lot of worms hidden. washing it will not clean them all.  

cauliflower pepper fry recipe

2. now, lets prepare the pepper spice mix. grind cumin seeds, peppercorns, ginger, garlic, curry leaves and fennel seeds to a coarse mix. 

cauliflower pepper fry recipe

3. mix the spice powder to the cauliflower. slight moisture in the cauliflower will hold the pepper mix. also the marination helps to absorb pepper flavour in cauliflower. 

cauliflower pepper fry recipe

4. meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and crackle mustard seeds, cumin seeds. add curry leaves, onions and fry till transparent. 

cauliflower pepper fry recipe

5. add chopped tomatoes and fry in medium heat for a minute. 

cauliflower pepper fry recipe

6. at this stage, add the cauliflower along with the spice mix used for marination. salt and 1/2 a cup of water. 

cauliflower pepper fry recipe

7. mix well. close and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft. 

cauliflower pepper fry recipe

8. open and if there is any water left behind. dry them out in medium heat while stirring in between. the colour changes to dark brown/black gradually. 

cauliflower pepper fry recipe

9. lastly, add chopped coriander leaves and mix well. 

cauliflower pepper fry recipe

10. serve hot with rice and curry. I made sorakkai kootu /mulakushyam / bottle gourd dal curry to go with rice. 

cauliflower milagu varuval recipe
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  1. This looks delicious, but my husband likes more sauce, so what sauce would you recommend serving with this dish, please?

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