Saturday, 3 March 2012

Cauliflower Mappas Recipe / Cauliflower in Creamy Coconut Sauce

Sometime back when I posted Broccoli Mappas recipe, many of you tried and loved it….. This time I made Mappas with Cauliflower instead…. Keralites love ‘Mappas’ whether it’s Non–Veg or vegetarian … this spicy, creamy, coconut milk based curry goes well with almost anything like bread, chapathi appam or boiled rice….. Since it’s the Lent season I do make a lot of vegetarian side dishes and you can expect to see several more veggie dishes in the near future.....

Cauliflower Mappas / Cauliflower in Creamy Coconut Sauce

Cauliflower - 1 small (2 cups sliced florets)
Onion - 1, thinly sliced
Garlic, chopped - ½ tsp
Ginger chopped - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 2, sliced
Homemade Curry Powder/ Erachi podi (Meat masala)-2 to 3 tbsp (can substitute with chili powder - 1 tsp, Coriander powder - 2 tsp, Garam masala – ½ tsp)
Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
Tomato - 1 small
Curry Leaves - few
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (optional)
Vinegar - 1tsp
Thin coconut milk - 1 cup
Thick coconut milk – ¼ cup
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds
Oil-2 tbsp
  • Trim the Cauliflower and take off the leaves and excess stalk and cut cauliflower into small florets.Wash the Cauliflower very well under running water and soak it in warm water for a while and drain. 
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when it splutters add sliced onion, chopped ginger, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves and sauté until golden brown. 
  • Add curry powder and salt, stir well and add cauliflower florets and chopped tomato pieces and sauté for 3 minutes. 
  • Now add thin coconut milk and boil for 6-8 minutes or until cauliflower is cooked. 
  • Add thick coconut milk, vinegar and coriander leaves, simmer for a minute and remove from heat. 
  • Serve hot with chapathi, appam, Idiyappam, bread or boiled rice. 

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  1. i've been trying to use cauliflower more these days...this recipe sounds FABULOUS!

  2. Mappas is stew right? II have tasted it at my friends place. Will refer to this recipe because I have not made stew before.

    1. Srimathi Mappas is not stew... Stew has very mild flavor and no spice powders are added to it... Mappas is spicier with lot of spice powders...

  3. We love making curries at home, but it's been a while. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Loved the masalas and the colour of the gravy. Looks yummy!

  5. Hi Swapna, I made this couple of days back and we had it with idiyappam,dosa and chappathi, it was a really good combo with all three of them!! We love cauliflower and hence this a definite keeper!! Thank you!!


    1. Thank you Madhu for trying and glad to know you liked it :)

  6. Thanks for the recipe :) I added mushrooms to it too and it came out very well!


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