Bloomin’ Indian-Spiced Whole Roasted Cauliflower

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Remember last Friday I posted these Curried Pistachios and briefly mentioned that I hosted an impromtu, Indian-food themed dinner party? Well, this gorgeous appetizer was on the menu.

If you have yet to make Whole Roasted Cauliflower, you are missing out. It is the perfect easy appetizer for a dinner party.

Requiring minimal work from you and about five minutes hands-on cooking time, you can free yourself up to do the thousand other things it takes to host a dinner party and still have a fabulous, delicious and elegant starter for up to six guests.

Bonus: this is fun to eat so if kids are included, they will love just digging in and pulling pieces off.

This is as simple as it gets.

Gently core the cauliflower.

Be careful to leave a partial core – just enough to hold the florets together.

Rub with olive oil and spices. Bake, allow to cool for a few minutes.

Use a spatula to transfer onto a serving plate.

Serve with a handful of forks or just use your hands to pull apart.

Fight over the caramelized brown bits on the bottom.

But mostly, Enjoy!


Quick note about the Points Plus values for those of you doing Weight Watchers. This recipe is 1 head of cauliflower (0 PP), 1 tablespoon olive oil (4 PP) and spices. It “should” be less than 1 PP per serving but I have 2 PP per serving for 6 servings. How is this possible?

I use Weight Watchers eTools to calculate Points Plus values for my recipes. Even though MOST Fruit and Vegetables are “Free” or 0 Points Plus, eTools assigns many of them Points Plus values when calculating a recipe so eTools assigned the cauliflower 8 PP. It is a bit confusing and misleading (thanks Weight Watchers) but I would rather err on the side of caution. Here is a more thorough explanation on Weight Watchers site.

With that being said, if YOU are doing Weight Watchers, how do YOU calculate Points Plus for recipes?

Do you add in the Fruits and Vegetables or assume they are always Zero?

Leave a comment or shoot me an email. I would love to hear from YOU about this! alyssa (at) everydaymaven (dot) com

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Bloomin' Indian-Spiced Cauliflower
2 Points Plus Per Serving -- Serves 6
Serves: 6
  • 1 2.5-pound head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon turmeric
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Prepare cauliflower by removing green outer leaves and using a paring knife to gently cut out the core. Be sure to leave enough core intact so that florets stay connected for roasting.
  2. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place cauliflower on baking sheet and evenly rub with olive oil.
  3. Mix spices in a small dish and rub into cauliflower.
  4. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes on center rack, rotating once at 40 minutes.


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  1. Cindy says

    This was delicious! I used ground cumin and ground mustard as that was what I had on hand, and it worked fine. The whole cauliflower is lovely for presentation, but it limits the browning. Next time, I will cut it into large florets before oiling, spicing and baking so that there can be more browning and more even spice distribution.

  2. Carol Brandt says

    I made this yesterday for a potluck/hors d’oeuvres baby shower. It was quick, easy and a big hi.! Thanks!

  3. Eha says

    Sugar – since I live in Oz and shall be up 10 pm > 2 am for the next 21 days to watch ‘Tour de France’, I cannot think of a more wonderful easily prepared, healthy, fun and tasty dish for a daytime meal than this! Will probably be on weekly [and, of course, then we have the Olympics!!!!!!]

    • EverydayMaven says

      Yep, that is why I named it Bloomin’ Cauliflower b/c it totally reminded me of that but healthier, easier and more tasty 😉

  4. Amy says

    This looks awesome! I’m making this tonight for my dinner party! When you say, “turn once at 40 min” what do you mean? Turn around or over?

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