Cauliflower curry, boiled eggs & coconut crumble
Cauliflower and eggs are two of my favourite things, here ingeniously combined by Dan Doherty of the Duck & Waffle in his brilliant book Toast, Hash, Roast, Mash.
Dan writes: "I fell in love with vegetable curries while spending time in India and Bangladesh – cauliflower curry being one of my favourites. The coconut works really well, adding flavour and a rich creaminess, with a crunch in the topping."
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
1 cauliflower, broken into florets
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon onion seeds
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 onion, finely chopped
2.5cm (1 inch) piece of ginger, grated
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 red chilli, finely chopped
150g (5 ½ oz) cooked yellow lentils
2 x 400ml (14fl oz) cans of coconut milk
sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
8 eggs, hard-boiled and shelled
a large sprig of coriander
Heat some olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and brown the cauliflower florets on all sides.
Meanwhile put the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, ground turmeric, onion seeds and curry powder in a dry frying pan over a medium heat and toast for a few minutes, shaking the pan, until you can smell the aromas and the spices look toasted.
Add the onion to the cauliflower pan and cook over a medium heat without letting it colour for 5–6 minutes, or until soft . Add the ginger, garlic and red chilli and cook for a further 3 minutes, again without letting them colour. Stir in the toasted spices and cook for 3 minutes, then add the cooked lentils and pour over the coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a dry pan, toast the desiccated coconut over a medium heat, shaking the pan, until golden brown.
After the final 10 minutes cooking time, the cauliflower should be cooked but retain a little bite. Add the eggs and cook for 3–5 minutes more. Roughly chop the coriander, stalks included, and stir through.
Transfer to a serving dish and scatter the toasted coconut all over, like a crumble, then serve.
What to drink:
Assuming you manage to resist the temptation of having this for breakfast (I would be sorely tempted, personally) a glass of dry white wine such as a chenin blanc, (not too oaky) chardonnay or viognier would be delicious with it. And if you're having it for brunch, why not a glass of champagne or cava?
Extracted from Toast Hash Roast Mash by Dan Doherty, published by Mitchell Beazley, £20 www.octopusbooks.co.uk. Photograph ©Anders Schonnemann
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