I love Cauliflower in all forms, curry, batter fried, grilled. I think it is an universally accepted and loved vegetable. With its availability throughout the year nowadays, it is a regular at my home. My personal favourite is a humble meal of rice, dal and batter fried cauliflower pakoras. Remembering childhood days, cauliflower was available only during winter.... the white beauty hidden within the long green leaves. So lovely was its taste that I cannot equate it with its taste now. Each part of it was eaten in our family, even the leaves. In those days, cauliflower was rarely available during summers, mom used to get them at high price during special occasions...... during any pooja at home or if there were guests. Perhaps so they tasted even better in the off season.
I often prepare this Tandoori Gobi / Grilled Cauliflower and serve as a vegetarian starter, besides non vegetarian ones. I never tried it with a whole cauliflower as it does not work for me, I prefer to cut it into pieces, marinate it with spices and plain yogurt and then grill. This grilled vegetarian starter with cauliflower is loved by the family and our guests too. If we leave the marination period, it is quick to do and hassle free. Let us do this Tandoori Gobi / Grilled Cauliflower together.
Cauliflower : 1medium
Plain Yogurt : 1 medium cup
Tandoori Masala : 2tbsp [ I use Everest]
Coriander Powder : 1tsp
Cumin Powder : 1/2tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
Salt : As Required
Sugar : 1/2tsp [optional]
Oil : 3-4tbsp
Cut the cauliflower into florets and wash thoroughly. Apply salt and turmeric, keep aside for 10-15 minutes.
Rub chilli powder, cumin and coriander powder, tandoori masala, beaten yogurt to the florets. Keep marinated in a covered container for 2-3 hours.
Open cover, apply oil to the marinated florets and keep standing for 10 minutes.
I do not have an OTG but a convection mode microwave. So I grilled the marinated cauliflower florets one side for 10-13 minutes, turned to the other side, grilled for another 8-10 minutes.
Time may vary in each machine.
Serve hot with choice of your sauce or dips.