Turmeric, cauliflower and coconut curry - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

This curry is warming, nourishing and energising! It's name comes from the latin words 'caulis', for cabbage, and 'floris', for flower. The most familiar type is the white (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) but there are a variety of beautiful types and colours - hundreds in fact! As the weather starts to warm, cauliflowers will become cheaper and plentiful.

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Try adding more turmeric to your diet with this warming dish - perfect for winter! Curcuma longa, commonly known as turmeric, is an asian spice that comes from the root of the turmeric plant. It is a flowering plant of the ginger family and has been used for centuries. It plays a major part of Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, traditional Chinese medicine.


  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into pieces
  • 1 large or two small brown onions, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed
  • Small knob of ginger, finely grated (size of a dice)
  • 1 tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 can coconut cream approx 400g
  • 1 small can crushed tomatoes (or 4 fresh, chopped)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of peas or beans (fresh or frozen)
  • Fresh coriander, roots and leaves
  • 2 teaspoon of fresh or dried turmeric
  • 2 teaspoon of garam masala
  • Salt or stock to taste


  1. Sauté the diced onion in ghee or oil until softened
  2. After it's softened, add the crushed garlic
  3. 'Dry fry' the garam masala
  4. Add the chopped carrot
  5. Add the chopped cauliflower in and stir to coat
  6. Add any additional vegetables
  7. Add the tin of coconut cream quarter of a tin at a time
  8. Add the turmeric and ginger (do not fry)
  9. Chop the coriander stalks finely and add to curry
  10. Cover and leave to simmer for about 25 minutes, or until vegetables are tender
  11. Serve with fresh coriander on top


Serve with steamed rice
You can also add a cup of chickpeas (garbonzo beans)

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