Roasted spiced cauliflower

Roasted spiced cauliflower

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4

Roasting cauliflower kicks the flavour up a notch, with sweet pomegranate seeds and earthy tahini, served in warmed pitta bread

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal194
  • fat8g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre6g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 1 tsp ras el hanout
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 170g pot Greek yogurt
  • 1 small cauliflower



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 2 tbsp tahini



    Also known as tahina, this finely ground paste of husked and roasted sesame seeds is an…

  • juice 2 lemons



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 400g can chickpeas, drained

To serve

  • 2 wholemeal pitta breads (or gluten-free alternative)
  • 110g pack pomegranate seeds (or seeds from 1 small pomegranate)
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds, toasted
  • small handful flat-leaf parsley, leaves only, chopped
  • small handful mint, leaves only, chopped



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. In a small bowl, mix together the ras el hanout, cinnamon, paprika, garlic, oil and yogurt. Take the cauliflower and remove the outer leaves and the base of the stalk so that it sits flat in a large roasting tin. Rub the spiced yogurt mixture all over it then pour 100ml water into the roasting tin around the base of the cauliflower. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, put the tahini in a bowl and slowly add the lemon juice, stirring constantly, to make a smooth sauce – it should be the consistency of single cream. Chill until needed.

  3. When the cauliflower has roasted, remove the foil and return to the oven for a further 10-15 mins. Put the chickpeas in a saucepan with 50ml water and cook over a medium heat until piping hot. Season, then crush with a potato masher – you want some to be smooth and others to be just a little broken. Stir in 1 tsp of the tahini sauce.

  4. Take the cauliflower out of the oven and put the pitta bread in to warm for 2-3 mins while you cut the cauliflower into 8 wedges.

  5. To serve, place a warmed pitta bread on each plate, top with the crushed chickpeas followed by the cauliflower wedges. Drizzle with the remaining tahini sauce and sprinkle over the pomegranate seeds, sunflower seeds and herbs. Serve warm or cold.

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Ellybird's picture
6th May, 2020
Cauliflower came out too hard in the middle (despite the cauliflower being much smaller than anticipated) and was incredibly bitter - perhaps we had a dud cauliflower? The tahini and lemon juice was far too sour despite using less lemon than suggested. The marinade on the cauliflower was also a let down.
6th Mar, 2018
There was far too much lemon in this recipe, I only used half an it was still too much. I also don't think the pomegranate seeds worked well. Other than it was tasty! I also served it for two people, it definitely would not have been enough for four!
Gerd's picture
26th Feb, 2017
I broke the cauliflower into big florets and mixed them in a bowl with the spiced yoghurt, then wrapped everything into a tinfoil package. This made it easier to coat everything well and reduced the cooking time to 30 mins altogether (you could open the package up for the last 10 mins if you wanted it to brown a little). The amount of lemon juice seemed quite a lot to me so I used only one lemon and some water until I had the consistency I aimed for in the tahini sauce. Had no sunflower seeds but didn't miss them and also omitted the bread for a lower carb dinner. Although served this for two people... Liked it a lot.
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