With every recipe on my blog I have a vivid memory of the first time I have eaten or the first time I have prepared it. All of my food leave happy memories even when I make a mistake, just the laughter at the thought of “what the heck happened?” makes up for mess. This dish right here I remember my husband made for the first time and we sat down to watch Meet the Parents. He asked if that’s how it would be when he finally met my parents, and no it wasn’t! 😉 But I remember how every time he took out a piece of fried cauliflower from the boiling pan, I would secretly pop one in my mouth and he’d playfully get mad that there would be none left for the sauce. Just the cauliflower alone was amazing and paired with the sauce it was heavenly. I hope one day this recipe will leave you with just as happy memories.
- 1 head of cauliflower cut into florets
- 2 tomatoes diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 carrots cut into discs
- 1 onion grated
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of fresh parsley chopped
- 3 cups water
- 1 tablespoon paprika (my husband likes the sauce really red, add less if need be)
- 1 teaspoon ras el hanout
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground saffron
- 1 tablespoon of milk
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- vegetable oil for frying
- In a pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
- Add in grated onions and sprinkle with salt to slightly sweat. Then add tomatoes and garlic.
- Season with spices, once the tomatoes and onions have began to caramelize add the 3 cups of water and carrots.
- Bring to a boil for 1 minutes and then reduce to a simmer.
- Continue cooking for 20 minutes.
- Set aside.
- In another pot bring enough water to a boil to cover cauliflower. Add in saffron and tablespoon of salt. (If saffron is not available you can use turmeric, it’s only used in the coloring not for any taste.)
- Boil only for 5 minutes!! (To reduce in the smell of cauliflower you can add a piece of bread that can be seen in the slide show. This step is not necessary but does help.)
- Remove from pot and blot dry.
- In a new pot heat vegetable oil over medium heat to fry cauliflower.
- In a bowl beat the eggs and mix in milk and chopped parsley.
- Dip the cauliflower in the egg wash and place in oil.
- Fry until golden brown.
- Blot with paper towel to drain excess oil.
- Add cauliflower into sauce.
- Serve with fresh crusty bread.