Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for whole roast cauliflower and nut pilaf | The new vegan

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Whole roast cauliflower and seed pilaf

You could marque the condiment and atom ahead, and lukewarm up the atom conscionable earlier serving, either successful a microwave oregon by adding a fewer teaspoons of h2o to the atom pan, covering and mildly reheating, earlier stirring done the herbs and serving. The cauliflower, however, is champion caller retired of the oven, but if it has to travel retired early, it tin beryllium for a while; springiness it a speedy blast successful the oven later, until crisp and hot.

Prep 15 min
Cook 1 hr 20 min
Serves 4

For the cauliflower
2 tsp crushed cumin
½ tsp kashmiri chilli powder
½ tsp good oversea salt
2 tbsp
rapeseed oil
1 ample cauliflower
(or 2 tiny ones), leaves removed (800g net)

For the pilaf
300g basmati rice
4 tbsp rapeseed oil
2 onions
, peeled and sliced
1 tsp good oversea salt
1 tsp crushed cumin
1 tsp crushed coriander
¼ tsp crushed achromatic pepper

50g shelled unsalted pistachios
50g full almonds
, astir chopped successful half
20g caller coriander, finely chopped
20g caller parsley, finely chopped

For the tahini sauce
85g tahini
3 tbsp
rapeseed oil
1 lemon
, juiced to get 2 tbsp
½ tiny ail clove, peeled and grated
⅓ tsp good oversea salt

Heat the oven to 200C (180C fan)/390F/gas 6. In a tiny bowl, premix the cumin, chilli powder, fractional a spoon of brackish and 2 tablespoons of lipid until you person a creaseless paste.

Cut the basal of the halfway disconnected the cauliflower, truthful it stands flat. Rub the full cauliflower each implicit with the spice paste, past enactment it successful a high-sided oregon lipped baking tray. Pour 100ml lukewarm h2o astir the cauliflower, roast for an hour, until aureate connected apical and tender wrong (check by prodding with a skewer oregon barroom tester), past region and acceptable aside.

While the cauliflower is roasting, lavation the atom truly good successful a sieve, until the h2o runs clear, past enactment successful a bowl, determination implicit lukewarm h2o to screen and permission to soak until needed.

Put 4 tablespoons of lipid successful a ample saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, crook connected the vigor to medium, past saute the onions with a spoon of salt, stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes, until brushed and dark.

Add the spices, navigator for a minute, past adhd the nuts and disturbance to coat. Drain the atom well, past adhd to the onions, springiness everything 1 much disturbance to administer the nuts and onions done the rice, past adhd 450ml just-boiled h2o and clap connected the lid. Bring to a boil, navigator for a mates of minutes, past crook down to the lowest vigor and navigator for 12 minutes. Take disconnected the vigor and permission to steam and settee for 10 minutes – bash not assistance the lid.

While the atom settles, marque the tahini sauce. Put everything successful a jam jar oregon similar, adhd 4 tablespoons of acold water, past shingle similar a idiosyncratic possessed until you person an emulsified sauce: it should beryllium similar treble pick and pourable; if it is excessively thick, adhd a smidge much water; excessively thin, much tahini paste. Check the seasoning and set the brackish and citrus foodstuff arsenic necessary.

To serve, disturbance the chopped herbs done the rice, past extremity retired connected to your champion platter and apical with the cauliflower head. Pour the tahini condiment into a beauteous jug. Stick a crisp weapon successful the cauliflower and promote guests to assistance themselves to rice, a wedge of cauliflower and a steadfast pouring of tahini sauce.

Fiona Beckett’s drinks match

Under £10
Little Pomona Table Cider £9.50, oregon 3 for £27, 7%. Cider is specified an underrated pairing for food, and this 1 would beryllium large with this pilau.

Over £10
Château de Berne ‘Inspiration’ Rosé 2021 £16.99 (or £14.99 connected “mix six”) Majestic, 13%. Classic, pale, creaseless Provence rosé that would spell good with mildly spiced nutrient specified arsenic this dish. Also disposable successful magnum, which would beryllium fun.