Cauliflower Chaat for One

Cauliflower Chaat for One

This recipe for a single portion of cauliflower chaat comes from the chef Anita Lo. It gets its flavor from store-bought chaat masala, a South Asian seasoning tangy with dried mango and black salt. The recipe doubles easily, but if you’re cooking for one, pick a small head of cauliflower and use about half of it. Use the rest to make pickled cauliflower, or sauté it in the same way and then take the seasoning in a different direction.
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  • Serves: 1 person



  1. Step 1

    Cook the cauliflower: Heat the oil in a sauté pan on high heat, until the oil starts to smoke in small wisps. Add the cauliflower florets and lower the heat to medium-high. Sprinkle with salt and allow the florets to brown in the pan, then stir and turn the heat down to medium. Cook for another minute, then add ginger and jalapeño. Stir well, add cilantro, lemon juice and chaat masala, and stir again. Remove pan from heat.
  2. Step 2

    Prepare the sauce: Place all ingredients plus 2 tablespoons water in a small food processor and purée until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides and get everything incorporated. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Step 3

    Drizzle sauce over the cauliflower and sprinkle with almonds. Serve with rice or flatbread.