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cornmeal cauliflower with turmeric on vintage tray
Crunchy Cornmeal Cauliflower with Turmeric and Black Pepper
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Make your side of cauliflower a little bit more interesting with added texture and taste.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, vegan
Keyword: cauliflower, turmeric
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 97 kcal
Author: kellie anderson
  • 1 medium cauliflower organic if possible
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or organic British rapeseed oil (I use a smoked version)
  • 3 tbsp cornmeal or polenta coarse or fine
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground to "activate" the turmeric
  • sea salt I use a rosemary and lemon finishing salt
  • oil spray
  1. Heat your oven to 200C fan/220C/400F.

  2. Cut the cauliflower into small florets, including some stem and leaves if you wish. Toss the florets in the oil, then add the polenta, turmeric, black pepper and salt, mixing to coat. Lay in a single layer on a baking tray, spray with oil spray, and roast in the oven for 25 minutes, or until browned in patches and cooked through. Eat hot. Can be reheated.

Recipe Notes

The cooked cauliflower with lose some of its texture with sitting or refrigerating, but will still have good crunch from the nubbly cornmeal. Pop leftovers into a salad - grain is nice - or overtop a soup. 

To reheat just pop on a tray and heat in a hot oven for five minutes.

Variations: use a good dash of a favourite curry powder or some smoked paprika for a different flavour and vibe. 

Good with: a savoury breakfast; a side to a curry; alongside grilled or steamed fish; atop a spicy tofu or bean dish for added texture and taste; in a fish or other kind of taco; instead of croutons with soup.

Nutrition Facts
Crunchy Cornmeal Cauliflower with Turmeric and Black Pepper
Amount Per Serving
Calories 97 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 44mg2%
Potassium 454mg13%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin C 69.3mg84%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.