Indian Spice Roasted Cauliflower

Indian Spice Roasted Cauliflower

The Spruce / Ana Zelic

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
95 Calories
8g Fat
5g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 95
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 122mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 41mg 207%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 157mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for Indian spice roasted cauliflower is what most home cooks are looking for: A simple and delicious vegetable dish that is different from the everyday. Cauliflower's mild taste makes it the perfect canvas for a variety of flavors, including garam masala, the traditional Indian spice blend. The cruciferous vegetable is tossed in a mixture of melted butter and spices and roasted until tender and caramelized.

Serve this Indian spiced dish with other Indian recipes like butter chicken and roast leg of lamb, or pair up with roasted chicken or grilled steak to add interest to the table.


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon garam masala

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into 2-inch florets

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Indian Spice Roasted Cauliflower

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  2. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line a rimmed baking pan with foil.

    aluminum foil lined baking sheet

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  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter with the spices and salt, whisking until blended.

    combine the butter with the spices and salt in a bowl

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  4. Add the cauliflower and toss with a spatula to coat it completely with the butter and spice mixture.

    cauliflower tossed in spices in a bowl

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  5. Distribute the cauliflower evenly on the prepared baking pan.

    spiced cauliflower on a baking sheet

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  6. Roast for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the stems are tender and the edges are browned.

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  7. Serve hot and enjoy.


Make sure not to crowd the cauliflower on the baking sheet or else the vegetable will steam and become mushy.

Recipe Variation

  • Instead of garam masala, use another Indian spice blend such as tandoori spice or a curry spice blend.
  • Add about 2 cups of canned chickpeas (rinsed and drained) to the cauliflower and spice mixture and roast; add more spices if needed, and use a larger baking sheet if necessary.
  • If you add chopped potato, this recipe is similar to aloo gobi.