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Indian butter cauliflower over white rice in a bowl with pita bread.

Indian Butter Cauliflower (Cauliflower Makhani)

Teri & Jenny
5 from 8 votes
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 151 kcal


  • 1 pound bite sized cauliflower florets
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 3 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomato puree
  • cup heavy cream or ⅔ cup plain yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped cilantro, garnish


  • Place cauliflower pieces in a mixing bowl and drizzle with oil. Add 1 teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon coriander, a sprinkle of salt, and some cracked black pepper and toss together until cauliflower is well coated.
  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 ½ tablespoons butter.
  • Add cauliflower and sear on all sides, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer cauliflower to a plate and set aside.
  • Add remaining butter to skillet. Add shallot, garlic and ginger and sauté 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add remaining spices and continue to sauté for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Stir tomato puree into skillet and lightly season with salt and pepper.
  • Lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add cauliflower back into skillet, season with salt and pepper and continue to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until cauliflower has softened.
  • Stir cream or yogurt into cauliflower mixture and simmer for an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is thick and creamy and cauliflower is tender but not mushy. Adjust seasonings.
  • Top with chopped cilantro and serve over cilantro-basmati rice, with a side of grilled pita bread.


Calories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 46mgPotassium: 394mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 701IUVitamin C: 56mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cauliflower makhani, makhani
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