Curried Sauteed Cauliflower

Curried Sauteed Cauliflower is called Gobi Taktakin in India where it’s a popular street food, and this fun way to cook cauliflower is a great low-carb side dish.

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Back in the early days of my blog I did a series of recipes adapted from Mark Bittman’s The Best Recipes in the World (affiliate link). This international cookbook has dishes that Bittman traveled all over the world to sample, great job if you can get it, right? I think I’ve liked every recipe I’ve made from the book; I just wish I could try them all in the original countries. This dish of chopped cauliflower cooked with red onions, cumin seeds, and curry powder is called Gobi Taktakin in India, and Bittman says the name comes from the “tak-tak” sound made by knives of the street vendors when they chop up the cauliflower in the pan as it cooks.

This is a recipe where the chopped cauliflower, onion, and spices are quickly stir-fried over high heat, and I like the way the cauliflower still has a little crunch when it’s done. Mark Bittman says that cumin seeds are optional in the recipe, but they’re so traditional in Indian cooking and they add so much flavor that I’d probably opt for a recipe like Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon, Curry, and Cumin if you only have ground cumin.

The recipe as Bittman wrote it has chopped cilantro mixed in and also sprinkled on top as a garnish, but if you’re a cilantro hater I think mint or flat parsley would be good in this.  And please don’t skip the fresh lime squeezed over as you eat it! (Curried Sauteed Cauliflower was edited with updated photos and better instructions, May 2020.)

What is Curry Powder?

This recipe uses curry powder (affiliate link) which is a blend of spices used in Indian food. Most Indian cooks would blend their own spices, but if you’re intimidated at cooking Indian food, using the pre-mixed curry powder blend makes it easier. There are many good commercial brands but I love both the sweet curry powder and hot curry powder from Penzeys, and I’ve used those for years. I use a combination of sweet curry powder and hot curry powder when I make this, but use whatever curry powder you have. 

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How to Make Curried Sauteed Cauliflower:

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  1. Chop up the cauliflower into small pieces. (In India I’m guessing the pieces are even smaller than the ones I made.)
  2. Finely chop enough red onion to make 1/2 cup.
  3. Heat the oil, sizzle the cumin seeds for 30 seconds, then add the cauliflower, red onion, and curry powders, and start to cook over medium high heat.
  4. Continue cooking about 6-8 minutes, stirring a few times (but not too often so the onion and cauliflower will get slightly browned.) 
  5. It’s done when the cauliflower is cooked through but still slightly crisp.
  6. When cauliflower is done, turn off the heat and mix in most of the chopped cilantro (or other herb of your choice), saving some to sprinkle on top.

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

I’d eat this with something like Grilled Curried Chicken Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce or Janet’s Mustard Chicken for a low-carb meal.

More Tasty Recipes with Cauliflower:

Cauliflower Rice with Fried Onions and Sumac
Roasted Cauliflower Slices with Kalamata Olive and Garlic Vinaigrette
Easy Cheesy Baked Keto Cauliflower
Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Feta, Capers, and Red Pepper
Greek Cauliflower Rice Bake

Curried Sauteed Cauliflower

Curried Sauteed Cauliflower

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Curried Sauteed Cauliflower is called Gobi Taktakin in India, where it’s a delicious and popular dish that’s sold on the street.


  • 1/2 large head cauliflower, chopped into very small pieces
  • 2 T peanut oil (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. cumin seed (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tsp. sweet curry (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. hot curry (or more to taste)
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, or more (see notes)
  • 1 fresh lime, cut to squeeze over when eating


  1. Use a large frying pan which will hold all the cauliflower in a single layer.
  2. Preheat the pan for 30 seconds over medium-high heat, then add oil and heat about 1 minute.
  3. Add cumin seeds and saute 30 seconds.
  4. Then add onion, cauliflower, curry powders, salt and pepper and cook 6-8 minutes, stirring only occasionally so the onion carmelizes and cauliflower gets slightly browned.  (It’s done when the cauliflower is cooked through but still slightly crisp.)
  5. Add most of chopped cilantro (or other herb) and stir, then put on serving dish.
  6. Top with the rest of the chopped cilantro.
  7. Serve with cut limes to squeeze over.


I used Penzeys sweet and hot curry. You can use any neutral-flavored oil if you don't have Peanut Oil (affiliate link). Use mint or parsley if you’re not a cilantro fan.

Recipe adapted from Mark Bittman's The Best Recipes in the World (affiliate link).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 164mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Curried Sauteed Cauliflower would be a great side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet, or any other type of low-carb eating plan, even Paleo if you use approved oil.

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