Spiced Whole Cauliflower


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Spiced Whole Cauliflower

Difficulty: Easy

An impressive centrepiece for your guests to admire and a delicious vegetarian alternative.


  • 1 whole cauliflower (outer leaves removed)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed for traditional method)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (ground cumin for traditional method)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 60g olive oil
  • 1tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


Thermal Method

  1. You will need to boil your whole cauliflower first in a large pot of heavily salted water for 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon and a fork to remove the cauliflower. Place cooked cauliflower on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200C degrees.
  3. Place cumin seeds into thermal cooker and heat for 3 minutes at 80 degrees speed soft. Grind seeds for 30 seconds on speed 9.
  4. Place remaining ingredients into the Thermomix and process together for 5 seconds on speed
  5. Transfer your rub mixture to a small bowl and pour then rub the contents into the cauliflower with your hands or with a pastry brush.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Serve as a side dish or drizzle with a yoghurt sauce and flat bread.

Traditional Method

  1. Same directions as thermal method but skip step 3 and jump to step 4 including the ground cumin using a food processor or chop and mix by hand.