Pickled Curry Cauliflower
I first discovered curry pickled cauliflower at this southern kitchen/restaurant in Somerville, Massachusetts called M3. The restaurant is known for its chicken and waffles (I may do a review on them later), but I think they should be known even more so for their creative sides.
Curry pickled cauliflower. I don't even know what to say about it other than it is utterly delicious. I had never thought of pickling cauliflower before, but the hearty texture of the vegetable really lends itself to pickling. Even after 1-2 weeks in the jar, the little chunks of cauliflower still have that crunchy bite to them. And as if that sweet and sour pickling brine wasn't delicious enough, there are hints of curry in these sides as well. It's not overpowering, but puts the flavor of curry and vinegar together making for quite the delectable combination, not to mention the beautiful almost fluorescent yellow the curry powder produces.
Anyways, I tried out the "Hurry Curry" recipe from the Food Network and the recipe is down below. I will say that flavor-wise, I would prefer my pickles less sweet, so you guys may want to taste the brine a bit before putting it in the jars. Also, this recipe doesn't lend itself too well to photography as the brine gets very cloudy quickly because of all the ingredients in the cauliflower.
Wash Cauliflower Well
Cumin and Coriander in Mortar & Pestle (mixer/coffee grinder can be used)
Grate Ginger - fresh works best. Skin is easily peeled with a spoon.
Toast Spices Till Fragrant
Coat Cauliflower in Spice Mixture
Pickling Liquids (Apple Cider Vinegar, Rice Wine Vinegar, Water)
Chopped Red Peppers for Color (Optional)
(Recipe from the Food Network)
Ingredients - 1 tablespoon canola oil - 1 teaspoon cumin seed - 1 teaspoon coriander seed - 2 teaspoons curry powder - 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced - 1 whole clove garlic, smashed - 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets - 1 cup water - 1 cup rice wine vinegar - 1/2 cup cider vinegar - 3 tablespoons sugar - 1 teaspoon pickling salt
1. Heat the canola oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Crush the cumin seed with the coriander seed and add to the pan. Add the curry powder, ginger, and garlic to the pan. Cook these spices, stirring until the oil colors and the spices are fragrant. Add the cauliflower florets to the pan and toss to coat. 2. In a lidded plastic container, combine the water, rice wine vinegar, cider vinegar, sugar, and pickling salt. Shake to combine. 3. Once the cauliflower is slightly tender, add it to a glass jar. Pour the pickling liquid over the cauliflower, filling to the top of the jar. Cool, chill, and store the pickles for 1 week to allow the flavors to develop thoroughly.