Parenting and cauliflower curry

Ten years later, I do not have this parenting thing down pat.

Kid 1: Mum, I am scared that an axe murderer is going to kill me.
Me: That is highly unlikely darling. Good night.
5 minutes later
Kid 1: Mum, can you come here please?
Me: Yes?
Kid 1: You telling me that ‘it’s highly unlikely’ does NOT make me feel better.
Me: Oh, all right then, it will never happen, how’s that?
Kid 1: OK, now I feel better.

Thanks for the parenting tip Kid 1.

Kid 1 will probably never eat this curry, he hates anything spicy. We don’t care, more for us. This curry benefits from a hit of bright, pungent mustard seeds; I love the little buggers. After a spot of googlebumbling research I discovered these wee dudes are high in a variety of B vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and phytyo-nutrients. (Phyto what?) Phyto-nutrients are intrinsically natural chemicals found in plant matter that may help prevent disease and keep your body working properly. Mustard seeds and their oils have traditionally been used to relieve muscle pain, arthritis and rheumatism pain.

Whatever a mustard seeds health benefit, this curry has good depth of flavour along with a punch of heat from the chilli. Add more chilli if you like but we enjoy the balance of flavours. If you aren’t a chilli fan, reduce the amount back to 1/4 of a teaspoon or you could leave it out. (No judgement from this Cheergerm….really, you don’t like chilli? What’s wrong with you??)


2 tbl oil , rice bran or grapeseed oil
1 onion, finely chopped
A 3cm piece of peeled and grated fresh ginger
2 cloves crushed or grated garlic
1 tsp brown mustard seeds
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground paprika
1/2 tsp chilli powder (the hot stuff)
1 tsp salt
Dry curry leaves about 10 (I only had 4)
1 cauliflower head, cored and cut into small florets , about 2-3 cm large
1/2 cup water to start with, you will need more
1 handful fresh chopped coriander

SautΓ© onion in oil in a large frypan over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes until soft.
Add the ginger and garlic, cook for 1 minute.
Add all the spices, salt, curry leaves and cook for 2 minutes to release their flavour, stirring gently.
Add the cauliflower, stir well to coat the cauliflower in the spices.
Add 1/2 cup water and simmer on a low to medium heat for about about 50 minutes. If the curry starts to get dry, add a bit more water. I added just over a cup throughout the entire cooking process. By the end, the curry should be mostly dry with a small bit of liquid but soft and beginning to fall apart.
Take the curry off the heat, taste and see if it needs extra salt then stir through the chopped coriander.
Serve with rice, quinoa or whatever takes your fancy. We had it with brown basmati rice.

A Cheergerm creation

36 thoughts on “Parenting and cauliflower curry

  1. Becca Lin

    This is amazing! I’ve always loved cauliflower, and this just sent me over the top. Delicious combo and great step-by-step photos. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Why thanks, it’s a delicious wee recipe. Cauliflower sure has seen a renaissance since it’s old days of being boiled to death and topped with a cheese sauce! (On saying that, I do adore a good cauli cheese in winter that is cooked properly with a decadent sauce.) Thanks for popping by. 😁

  2. I wouldn’t worry about those parenting skills. I was a rather anxious child and my mother used the expression ‘highly unlikely’ an awful lot. Which was not as reassuring as ‘it will never happen’ but a lot more honest. I’m now a less anxious and overall well-balanced adult. Great recipe – you’ve almost convinced me to go shopping and look for mustard seeds. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks on all accounts Mrs France. Parenting, a collective of hit and misses. You just hope they turn out half decent! Anxiety is such a strange wee creature hey? I can just see you now jumping in your French tiny car and hooning to the nearest mustard seed providers! 😁

  3. That step of “releasing the flavor” is my favorite. There is absolutely nothing like the aromas of those spices when they hit the oil.
    And I am laughing because I would have said exactly the same thing, “highly unlikely.” But the wee one is absolutely right!! It’s like when one asks one’s husband before a big evening out, “Do I look all right in this dress?” You don’t want him to say, “Well, you are not unattractive compared with other women of your age.” You want him to say “You look fantastic!”

    • Amen LM! That’s so what a curry is all about hey? Great analogy there of the ‘does my bum look big in this’ type scenario. Yes, sometimes a little bit of ‘softly softly reasurrance’ goes a long way. I consider myself mostly tactful but sometimes, honesty gets in the way. 😁

      • I am a big one for the emotional rather than the literal truth. Unless the Hubby plans on going out in (for example) those denims that have a hole in the crotch but which he refuses to throw away. I retain veto power in such cases!!!

  4. A.PROMPTreply

    Okay, you’re probably going to fall over when I admit I’ve never made a curry before……but this one looks so great, I’m going to have to try it.

    Must say, it’s quite a thing to end up in a new recipe when I began reading a blog that began….”Mum, I am scared an axe murderer is going to kill me.” Best part about your blog is how you always do that!

    • Ha, thanks Mrs Prompt! You were probably just relieved it wasn’t a recipe on ‘how to cook an axe murderer’. Hope you get to try making this curry, it’s quite addictive! You may go from a curry novice to a made curry cooking chick! 😁

  5. Oh, this is brilliant, little Cheergerm, and seeing this post made me nearly jump out of seat with excitement, as I just finished reading an article in February’s Bon Appetite magazine (do you get that down under?) about pickling seeds and spices – in particular MUSTARD SEEDS! And I’ve been searching for just the right recipe to try it out with. Bingo! Here’s the link if you want to check it out. Seems super easy.
    And I love Kid 1 story. Truly squishable.

    • Thanks Mrs P! It’s a wee cracker of a curry. I haven’t come across Bon Appetit here (but I know if it.) Howdver, I adore Saveur and always try and get my hands on the latest issue. Hoo ha! Pickled mustards seeds sound totes amaze balls and I am going to a have a squiz right now. Thanks! Kid 1 is a squishable wee fella indeed, keeps me on my toes that’s for sure. 😁

  6. Haha, Kid 1 is a riot!!
    And I don’t know how it’s possible but I can practically see you saying that to him.
    This is so lovely by the way, I’m gonna pick me up some cauliflower next time I’m at the store.

    • He really keeps ua amused and on our toes Ms Cake! Ah, the roller coaster of parenting, mostly I want to stay on it. 😁 Thanks, it really is super delicious and quite addictive. I have half a cauli in the fridge and I think it’s earmarked for another curry. Hope you get to it. 😁

  7. I think by now you’ve got it, that no one has parenting down pat. Parenting is,just a series of phases they go through. I like cauliflower and am collecting recipes. I think I will like yours. Am a big fan of both chilli and mustard.

    • This is a beaut wee recipe Madame M. Curries always make the house smell so delicious hey? Yes, I am aware of that, he he. It does continue to amaze me how just when you think you are doing ok….they and the goalposts change. A great adventure, yes indeed. 😁

  8. Those parenting skills seem totally legit to me, Mrs Cheer.
    And that curry. I effing love a good cauliflower curry, and this looks the business. A bit of yoghurt, some kasundi and some kind of flatbread and I would be happy as Larry πŸ™‚

    • Ha, totes legit Mr F. No axe murderers here! (Most likely….😁) This curry is a bit of all right indeed, I have to get off my butt and experiment with some gluten free flatbreads. So much to do, so little time. Where’s the space time continuum expander when you need one?

    • Thankds KW! He he… I think this really brings out the ‘sweetness’ and tender aspects of the cauli…but it still may not float your boat. At least your family will be happy KW! You are a damn fine cooky mumma and wif. 😁 ( I made it again today and added a cup or so of frozen peas five minutes towards the end, just for a hit of green.)

  9. sometimes you just need a 100pc guarantee that nothing bad is going to happen πŸ˜‰ This curry looks delish, my kids wouldn’t touch it either but am happy to scoff the lot!

    • Too true Mrs H! Even us so called grown ups would like that reassurance. 😁 Thanks, it is a tasty dish and yeah, all the more for the Mummas and the Poppas.

  10. Love curries, but only if very mild, sort of an oxymoron?! Cauliflower does make an excellent curry dish, as do chickpeas, imho. However, we have never cooked a real curry, with the spices in oil … I know, the shame of it😳, but we tend to add them all in towards the end and then let them ‘stew’, even though I’ve known for years that your way is ‘the’ way. Your wonderful story of kid 1’s axe murderer worries remind me of the fretting caused by the Silly Yak once, when kid 1 (I think it was him again) was stressed out by the Yak telling him the sun will not live forever. Oh, what a silly Silly Yak, but I do believe that comes in the genes, eecchhh!!! πŸ˜• Let’s hope kid 1 and kid 2 have inherited more of your sensible genes, Mrs Cheergerm. xxoxx

    • Not an oxymoron at all! Curries are still good, even without the heat! And I am sure yours and Train Mans curries still taste excellent. Oh my, you just reminded me of your brother dearest’s ‘sun’ comment. His retort to that scenario? He was just preparing him for the worst. Pity he couldn’t wait until Kid 1 had reached the ripe old age of 6. Mind you, this little anecdote hardly paints me in a better light. It makes it sound like we subscribe to the ‘School of Hardcore Reality Parenting’.! 😁 xxx

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