Lola’s Kitchen: Indian Cauliflower Mash Recipe

Posted March 13, 2015 by Lola in Lola's Kitchen / 12 Comments

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Lola’s Kitchen is a feature on Lola’s Reviews where I talk about all things related to food, cooking and baking. These posts can be recipe posts or more discussion type posts about food. I love cooking and spend some time in the kitchen almost every day, so I wanted to give it a place on my blog as well. The banner for this feature is designed by Michelle from Limabean Design.

After my first time eating in an indian restaurant I was determined to try and make some indian recipes myself at home. My first try at an indian recipe was this Indian Cauliflower Mash, I used to say I am not a fan of cauliflower, but I realized it really depends on how you prepare it. I love cauliflower when combined with strong flavours.
This recipe is inspired by Spicie Foodie.
cauliflower mash in bowl


ingredients cauliflower mash

  • Cauliflower – 1
  • Potatoes – 4-6
  • Onion – 1
  • Green Peas – 150 gram/ 1 cup (optional)
  • Garlic – 6 cloves (optional)
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece fresh or two teaspoons ginger powder
  • Turmeric – 2 tablespoons
  • Masala or Garam Masala – 2 tablespoons
  • Ground Corainder – 2 teaspoons
  • Cumin – 2 teaspoons
  • Low salt Bouillon cube – 1
  • Mild Madras 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
  • Olive Oil
  • Red Chile – 1 (optional)

This recipe feeds about 5-6 people. It might not seem much, but it really fills well and we can usually eat two days from this. I usually serve with some sort of bread, like pita, naan or other flat bread. The mild madras can give this dish just a little bit of hot flavour without overdoing it, I don’t like spicy food so I usually substitute the red chile for mild madras.
btw don’t look at the picture too closely, I totally forgot to add the ginger, garlic and onion, oops. Imagine they are behind the spices 😉


  1. Peel the potatoes and slice in small pieces. Then slice the cauliflower in manageable pieces and throw both in a pan. Add water and boil for 20 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, slice and dice the onion, garlic and ginger in small pieces.
  3. Then put all the spices in a small bowl and mix them.
  4. As soon as the cauliflower and potatoes have boiled for 20 minutes, drain the water and put aside. Then heat some oil in a pan and bake the onion, garlic and ginger until the onion is translucent.
  5. Now add the cauliflower and potatoes and mash them using a potato masher. You can leave some spices or mash them to a smooth mash.
  6. Add the spices and stir well. If adding green peas add those now as well.
  7. When everything is stirred well, remove from the fire and serve. You can now add the chile if you want to as topping. A variation tip is to put the Indian cauliflower mash on tortilla wraps.


Cauliflower close-up


Step 1 boil the cauliflower and potatoes

cooking potatoes and cauliflower

Step 3 add all the spices in on bowl

combining the spices

Mixed spices

mixed spices

Step 4 bake the onion, garlic and ginger

baking stuff

Step 5: Mash it!


Close up of the spoon with mash

close up spoon

Total picture of the mash before I added the green peas

stirring cauliflower mash

After adding the peas

Cauliflower mash

And now let’s eat!

Cauliflower mash close up

What’s your favourite mash dish?

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12 responses to “Lola’s Kitchen: Indian Cauliflower Mash Recipe

    • I also love mashed potatoes or dishes involving mashed potatoes, I already have one mashed potatoes with apples recipe shared and have two more recipes with mashed potatoes coming up. I love mashed potatoes, althoguh it’s a shame it never tastes as well one day after you nade it.

    • There aren’t many cauliflower recipes I make as I find it a boring vegetable, I can never figure out what to do with it, but I like this recipe.

  1. Yum! I loved Indian food but I haven’t come across this dish before. I love the sound of it though and think it’s one I’ll try out. I even have all the ingredients except the Masala which is a bonus as I hate buying a load of ingredients just for one dish. So it’s great that most of these as items I’d have anyway. I also think it looks pretty diet friendly but I must check out the weight watchers points later, it seems pretty healthy though 🙂 And lol that you forgot to include some ingredients in the photo, I’d never have noticed only that you pointed it out!
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    • I think the Masala adds something to the flavour, but maybe if you have something curry flavoured or add in a bit more of the other spices it might work. I usually use garam masala, but last sunday I tried it with normal masala and that was even better, yum! It contains lots of veggies and not too much salt or other things beside the spices, so I am thinking it should be pretty healty.
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