Turmeric and butter roasted cauliflower with pink pickled onions

Turmeric and butter roasted cauliflower with pink pickled onions

Course Entree, Platter
Cuisine Modern Australian


  • 1 red onion halved and very thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 150 ml natural yogurt
  • 1/2 bunch dill
  • 1 clove largegarlic peeled and halved lengthways
  • 9 palm size cauliflower florets
  • 100 g butter
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • sea salt


  • To make the pickled onions, put the sliced onions in a bowl and add the vinegar and sugar with a little pinch of salt. Toss together then leave to macerate, stirring now and then. The onions will eventually become really soft and turn a lovely bright pink.
  • Mix the tahini, yogurt, dill and halved garlic clove. (You’ll be scooping the garlic out later, the idea is just to give a really subtle hit to the sauce). Add enough water to get a drizzling consistency and chill until needed.
  • Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/. Put the butter in a small pan with the spices and a pinch of salt. Melt together, then cook very gently for 1-2 minutes. Put the caulis in a roasting tin or on a baking sheet. Brush over the butter then turn over to coat in as much of the butter as possible (but don’t worry if you don’t hit every spot).
  • Cover the whole tray with foil and cook for 20 minutes, then take the foil off and cook for another 20-30 minutes, or until tender and starting to catch a little at the edges.
  • Scoop the garlic out of the sauce and drain the pickled onions.
  • You can serve this from the tray or transfer the caulis to a platter, or individual plates. Scatter with the onions then drizzle all over with the sauce. Serve with a bit of extra dill, enjoy!
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