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Cauliflower Masal Dosai/ Cauliflower Masal Roast Using A Green Cauliflower

Written By Srimathi Mani on Monday, April 23, 2012 | 6:47 PM

Cauliflower masala roast/dosai is very popular in the south of India. It is one of our favorite dosai's to have at the restaurants. Sometimes, they add too many spices and kill the taste of cauliflower. This week at the farmers market they had a very green looking cauliflower ( no, not broccoli ) and we were enamored by its color that it  landed up in our basket. I thought using it in the preparation of cauliflower masala dosai would be interesting. After a long discussion with my sister, regarding on what is added to the cauliflower masala, I had to agree that she was right and her method of not adding extra spices makes it very tasty and enhances the taste of cauliflower and keeps the food simple.


Heavy bottom pan
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Sauteing Spoon
Dosai Tava/ Griddle

Cauliflower - 1 whole medium size ( I used green cauliflower)
Onion - 1 sliced
Tomato - 1 medium chopped
Garlic - 2 pod
Ginger - 1 inch
Asafoetida Powder - 1/8th tsp
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp ( please adjust as per your spice level)
Water - 1/3 cup
Oil - 1 tbsp
Whole Green Chilli - 1


1. Heat the heavy bottom pan with oil. Add asafetida powder.

2. Add the sliced onions, salt and cook on medium heat. Cover and cook and keep mixing frequently.

3. Add tomatoes, chilli powder and water and allow to boil.

4. Add the cauliflower heads cut uniformly in small flowers. Add more salt if needed. Mix well and cover and cook for a few minutes.

5. The cauliflower must not be mushed, but rather mixed well with the onion and tomato and hold its form. Add one whole chilli and mix. This chilli will add a lot of flavor to the masala.

6. Once the water is evaporated, add cilantro and give it a toss.

7. Make thin dosai, cover and cook on one side only. When the batter is cooked spread the cauliflower masala in one half and cover it with the other side.


  1. Wow beautiful clicks.... First time seeing a green cauliflower... Nice dosa dear...

  2. Delicious dosa ,I tried the mashed version of masala in this

  3. Hey Srimathi good to see you back..great looking dosa!

  4. Love this, Looks yummy

  5. This masala dosa looks delicious.

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  7. Green cauliflower looks pretty :) a different masala for dosa...looks great dear :)

  8. Green cauliflower.. Just now i was telling another friend.. how i thought these never existed.. seeing the pics i thought maybe it all the color play with images & here i see this subzi :)..true they sometimes kill with extra masala.. this looks lovely :)..loved the colors & dosa.. yum!

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  9. Wow green one is very nice I never knew this lovely dosa

  10. I love cauliflower masala dosa a lot and this green cauliflwoer is amazing, wish I get it here :) Nice recipe

  11. Looks so yumm!! Wonderful combo and sure would have tasted good too.

  12. so many delicious colors....looks sure must have tasted great tooooo..

  13. Very creative masal for dosai, lovely pics :)

  14. Green cauliflowers,havent seen here..Super tempting masal dosai,makes me drool..

  15. Yummy yummy...cauliflower masala dosai.

  16. Green cauliflowers looks similar to broccoli..delicious filling in masala dosai,Great job!

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  17. Thanks for stopping by n for your lovely comment...U too have a great blog with amazing recipes n I am so glad to follow u too :) cauliflower masala dosa is my fav too, with green cauliflower looks so colorful n inviting!!

  18. Awesome.....dosa looks gr8..will try

  19. green culiflower looks pretty.doasa with cauliflower masala filling delicious dish and filling one

  20. Oh my, this looks so delicious! And I've never seen green cauliflower before, for a moment I thought it's broccoli :)

  21. Glad you considered my suggestion. Will try this recipe and get back to you :)

  22. Wow... looks so delicious...

  23. Amazing idea for a filling - never seen one like this before! Wow!

  24. Yummy filling and the green cauliflower looks so pretty..

  25. green cauliflower looks awesome, never tried it.ya, you are right, sometimes in restaurants they make the masala over spicy and kill the taste of the vegetable. Love this recipe.will try it soon.

  26. Seeing green cauliflower for the first time, I make a mashed version of this masala. Yours look awesome.


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