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Cauliflower Pickle

- Submitted by Elizabeth on 26th Feb 2008

(Phool Gobhi Achaar, Cauliflower Urugai)

Cauliflower Pickle

Recipe for Cauliflower Pickle

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes
Serves: 10


  • Medium sized cauliflower head - 1
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Lemon juice - 3 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chili powder - 2 tbsp
  • Asaefoetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil - 5 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 2 string


  1. Chop the cauliflower finely. You can also use the food processor to do this easily.

    Cauliflower Pickle Preparation Steps

  2. Bring water to boil in a sauce pan. Add salt and drop the florets in it. Drain the water completely after 30 seconds. This will kill any small bugs that may be between the florets.
  3. Dry the florets completely. Take the florets in a bowl. Add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder with this and mix together.

    Cauliflower Pickle Preparation Steps

  4. In a kadai dry roast 1 tsp of cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and 1 tsp of mustard seeds. Cool the mixture, grind it to make a fine power and add it to the cauliflower mixture. I always have roasted cumin powder, fenugreek powder and mustard powder on hand. So I just add about 1/4 tsp of each powder directly to the mixture.
  5. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the mixture and mix once again. You can also use bottled lemon concentrate or white vinegar instead.

    Cauliflower Pickle Preparation Steps

  6. Heat oil in a small pan, add the remaining mustard seeds. When it splatters, add the curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida . Sesame oil tastes best for any pickle.

    Cauliflower Pickle Preparation Steps

  7. Add this to the cauliflower mixture. Cover with a lid. Let this soak for 24 hours or at least for 3 hours before serving.

    Cauliflower Pickle Preparation Steps

Cauliflower Pickle

Serving Cauliflower Pickle


  • Similarly you can make instant pickle with any vegetable and make your meal interesting. Some pickles that I make often are carrot pickle, cabbage pickle, bittergourd pickle, radish pickle, raw mango pickle, gooseberry pickle, ivy-gourd pickle, celery pickle and parsnip pickle. Give them a try.

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Comments (3)

Person N Tiwari   (May 18, 2014)

Is the tempering @room temp or hot? What about long term pickling? Like we do for Mango pickle? What is involved in it differently?
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 25, 2014)
This is an instant pickle. Hence you can add the tempering hot. This stays good for upto a month in the refrigerator. For long term pickling, you need to take extra care. You need to add lot of oil so that it covers the pickle. Add vinegar instead of lemon juice.
Person raji   (May 4, 2012)
when i clicked on carrot pickle, caulifilower pickle recipe is shown

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