Creamy, comforting, vegetarian korma with ground almonds, cauliflower, yogurt and warm spices topped with a garnish of smoky blackened raisins and almonds.
2 large cauliflowers (about 3 1/2 pounds in total)
Neutral oil, like grapeseed or canola
2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
6 cloves of garlic (see note above)
2 1/2-inch piece of ginger, peeled (see note above)
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (or finely ground seeds from 8 pods)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground red chile (we used cayenne)
1 cup ground almonds
2 tablespoons honey
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
3/4 - 1 1/4 cups milk
A handful of raisins
A handful of sliced almonds
Step 1Heat the oven to 350°F and (optionally) line two large baking pans with foil.
Step 2Break the cauliflower into bite-sized florets and put into a large bowl. Pour 4 tablespoons of oil over the florets (or mix enough to coat them properly), then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix with your hands until they’re completely coated, and place in a single layer in the baking pans. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, until tender and nicely browned in places. Check every 10 minutes—if the florets start to burn, cover them loosely with foil.
Step 3In the meantime, put 3 tablespoons of oil into a large frying pan over medium heat and, when hot, add the onions. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until soft and browning, then crush or grate in the garlic and grate in the ginger. Fry for a couple of minutes, then add the ground cardamom, black pepper, garam masala, ground red chile, ground almonds, honey and 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt (or to taste). Stir-fry for 3 minutes, then add the yogurt.
Step 4Turn the heat down to low and cook for around 10 minutes, until the sauce starts to turn a rich gold. When the cauliflower is tender, tip it ino the sauce and stir to coat. Thin the sauce to the consistency of pouring yogurt with milk, and heat through. Check for seasoning, as you may need to add a little more salt.
Step 5Finally, put a small frying pan over medium heat and, when hot, add the raisins and sliced almonds. Stir-fry until the raisins start to blacken and puff up and the almonds turn golden brown, then take off the heat.
Step 6To serve, scatter the raisins and toasted almonds over the top of the cauliflower, and serve with rice or chapatis.