Roast Cauliflower with Spices

Roast Cauliflower with Spices can be served as a vegetable, a salad or a light meal. It is suitable for many diets including: Low Calorie, Paleo and Vegan.

Roasting cauliflower sweetens it; and the addition of spices makes a tasty ‘combo’ and a good variation on the traditional cauliflower cheese.

Cauliflower and peanuts pair well as you may have seen in a previous post, ie Cauliflower with Peanuts. So, I thought it well worth offering what is essentially a variation on that theme, with both a different range of flavours and serving possibilities.

The spices can be varied according to your palate and your pantry. The nuts, whatever variety you choose, provide texture, flavour and, importantly, protein. If this dish is to be served as a light meal, top with extra nuts and serve on rice or other grain to make a nourishing dish.

Written under “Variations” are some examples of using different spices and sunflower seeds which make it suitable for Nut Free and Paleo diets.

Diets for which Roasted Cauliflower is suitable:

Diabetic, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Vegetarian and Vegan.


Preparation: 10 mins | Cook: 20-25 mins | Serves: 4+

1 medium cauliflower
1 tbsp ground peanuts or peanut butter*
1 tbsp tamari or soya sauce (Gluten Free when necessary)
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin**
1/2 tsp black pepper**
1/4 cardamon**

To Serve
coriander, chopped
lime wedges
brown rice, cooked
nuts, roasted


PREHEAT the over to 190 C/ 375 F/Gas 5.
CUT the cauliflower into bite-sized florets.
GRIND the spices.
MIX the spices with the remaining ingredients, adding water to make a thin paste.
COAT the cauliflower in the paste and spread on a baking tray as a single layer.
COVER the tray with foil
BAKE for 15 minutes and remove the foil.
STIR the florets and return to the oven, uncovered, for a further 5-10 minutes. (The texture of the cauliflower should be soft while retaining its shape.)


– With wedges of lime and chopped coriander and roasted nuts.
– Cool for a salad, adding a mix of other vegetables such as tomato and celery.
– Warm or cool on a bowl of brown rice, topped with roasted nuts as a delicious light supper.


* Replace peanuts with cashew nuts for Paleo diet.
** Make your own selection of spices. Garam Masala is good. Ensure any purchased spice mix Gluten Free when catering for this diet.


– Grind a handful of sunflower seeds, 1 tsp dried chilli and 1 tsp of both cumin and coriander seeds. Thin this mix to a paste with a little oil and water (use more water then oil). Follow the procedures above and roast the cauliflower. Sprinkle with lemon juice and serve.
– Blend herbs and tahini adding to cauliflower or broccoli before roasting.

Other Roasted Vegetable dishes:

Festival Salad
Roast Parsnip and Beans
Stuffed Mushrooms

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