Roasted cauliflower with spiced split peas

15 minutes

45 minutes - 1 hr

Servings: 4 - 6 depending on the size of the cauliflower

A tasty and easy to do dinner that requires very little work.

Roasted whole cauliflower

1 whole cauliflower, trim off leaves and cut the stalk so the cauliflower sits flat
1/2 cup natural yoghurt
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli flakes

Place the cauliflower into a deep casserole dish or dutch oven on some baking paper. Mix the curry powder and turmeric into the yoghurt add salt to taste and brush thickly over the cauliflower. Sprinkle with the chilli flakes, cover and bake in a preheated oven 190ยบ for 30 minutes. Remove cover, test by piercing with a skewer, and if it is still firm bake for 15 minutes more. When it is just tender remove cover and bake for a further 15- 20 mins so the surface of the cauliflower gets charred.

Slice into chunks and serve hot with spiced split pea curry sauce

Spiced split peas

1 cup yellow split peas, washed
2 tbsp curry powder
1 brown onion – chopped
1 clove garlic – chopped
1 tomato chopped
1 sprig curry leaves
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 green chilli – sliced

In a small saucepan add all the ingredients except for the coconut milk and salt, add enough water to cover the split peas and cook until tender, about 15- 20 mins. Add more water if required. when the split peas are just tender add the coconut milk and salt and cook until split peas are tender – add more salt and chilli to taste if required.

Optional extra – in a small frying pan heat up 4 tbsp of vegetable oil and when hot add 1 tbsp black mustard seeds, and a few fresh curry leaves, cover with a lid as soon as mustard seeds splutter, take off heat and add this [oil, mustard seeds and fried curry leaves ] to the cooked lentils, and stir through. Serve over the cut chunks of roasted cauliflower.