July 21, 2010

Piquant Cauliflower Cheese

A quick and simple recipe for a long, elaborate week.

How are you all? I’ve been itching to get back to cooking and blogging after so much moving around from place to place, doing this, that and everything else in between. I hope you’ve all had a far more restful week. Okay, so I’ve done my spot of complaining. Perhaps I should fill you in on why there has been a certain lack of delicious recipes on KO Rasoi recently?

Or maybe I should stop stalling and get on with the hearty, comforting recipe?

I figured you’d want to know where I’ve been…

So here’s today’s recipe.

Piquant Cauliflower Cheese
(Serves 4-6)


2 medium sized heads cauliflower, broken into bite-sized florets and boiled in milk and water until al dente, then drained (the milk keeps the cauliflower deliciously snow white)
2 tbsp olive oil
½ cup plain flour
4 ½ cups semi-skimmed milk
3 cups mature cheddar cheese, grated
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 hot red chilli, chopped
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp black pepper


1. Arrange the cooked cauliflower florets in a large oven-proof tray.

2. For the roux (for the cheese sauce), heat the oil in a saucepan and add the flour. Cook on a medium heat until the flour becomes slightly darker and has a nutty aroma. Turn the heat off.

3. Slowly add the milk whisking the mixture as you add more liquid. The sauce will immediately begin to thicken, indicating that more liquid should be added.

4. When you have used up all of your milk and your sauce begins to look more like a sauce, add the cheese and keep whisking until it has melted. At this point you can turn the heat back on to low.

5. Add the mustard, chilli, paprika and back pepper. Stir well.

6. Pour the sauce over the cauliflower florets until they are well covered. Place the dish under the grill until the cauliflower cheese is golden brown.

Notes: You can use this cheese sauce base for any vegetable/pasta dishes you like. I love using it to make potato bakes, macaroni cheese and broccoli cheese. Get your creative thinking caps on!

You really think I’d sign off without telling you where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing?


I moved out of my house near University. Boo, hiss. I shall miss it there. I won’t miss moving all of the junk out of there though. Who knew I had so much stuff?

I also bagged myself an internship. Great success.

Although, that means more moving. Moving my junk around, that is.

Oh, and I graduate tomorrow.

Shouldn’t I be in bed by now?


Sleep tight, lovelies!

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26 responses to “Piquant Cauliflower Cheese”

  1. Jess--Sugar High says:

    Yumm, I love cauliflower. Congrats on graduating, and good luck with your internship!

  2. Mr. P says:

    Amazing news, well done. Hope you get good weather for graduation! (Send me an email with details about this internship!)

  3. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal says:

    Sanjana, lovely and delicious looking cauliflower recipe and congrats on bagging internship, of course moving is always a pain and yes get some beauty sleep, you need it for tomorrow, have fun @ graduation ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    Congrats and best of luck! and what awesome comfort food. I love cauliflower.

  5. Vaishali Sharma says:

    Delicious Comfort food ๐Ÿ™‚
    Congratulations for the Graduation and the internship! Best of luck!!

  6. notyet100 says:

    ummm delicious

  7. Prathibha says:

    oohhhh love to eat that cheesy cheesy gobi..yummy

  8. sangeeta says:

    Congrats for all those wonderful things you have been doing ..

    Loved this cheese cauliflowers.

    Even i have been away and not in touch with blogs n have been missing all this.

  9. A Little Yumminess says:

    This makes cauliflower easier to eat for sure. Will try on little one.

  10. belleaukitchen says:

    congratulations on a fabulous CC and Graduation… keep blogging x

  11. Premalatha Aravindhan says:

    congrats dear and this is very tempting recipe…

  12. Ushnish Ghosh says:

    Dear Sanjana
    Congratulations on bagging that internship…all the best wishes for your Graduation day..I know you will come out with flying colors. God bless you.
    This is a very innovative dish…I use this sauce for some quick fake pasta dish…but will try on cauliflower ..I can get the aroma…
    I am not as lucky as others who are busy..I am sick and tired of sitting at home and counting slary ha ha
    Have a nice day…

  13. Priya says:

    Such a delicious looking cauliflowers, yummyy…congrats dear..

  14. penny aka jeroxie says:

    Looks so delcious!!

  15. Vanamala Hebbar says:

    Looks good….new to me…

  16. Ju (The Little Teochew) says:

    I missed you!!! But I am so happy that these are exciting times for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on all counts and you go, girl! The world is your (vegetarian) oyster! I will make this dish. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hugs and love, Ju.

  17. Apu says:

    Looks delicious Sanjana!! One of my very favourite bakes!!

  18. Carol Egbert says:

    Cauliflower and cheese can be dinner as far as I'm concerned. This looks like delicious comfort food.

  19. Az says:

    Congratulations!!! The dish looks great.. nice clicks as usual!!

  20. Brie: Le Grand Fromage says:

    i love cauliflower! this looks incredible!

  21. The Duo Dishes says:

    This is a great way to convince kids (and doubtful adults) that cauliflower is oh so good. It's a well-rounded cheese sauce that would work with so many things.

  22. RV says:

    This looks cheesilicious…. YUMM.

  23. Trix says:

    I am incredibly behind with reading posts, and I'm sorry to be so late wishing you all the best and my warmest congratulations!!!!

  24. Peet says:

    Wow, this looks incredible! Your blog is just gorgeous, what beautiful photos ๐Ÿ™‚

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