Now I have to confess that this recipe is my version of the wonderful dish we served at an event I was involved with, On what turned out to be an absolutely wonderful evening of comedy and curry with my amazing friend, Hardeep Singh Kohli
Now! by my own admission, I don’t think I quite nailed this dish, It tasted great, but lacked the Hardeep touch! I listened very intently to what Hardeep was telling me over the telephone during a rather in-depth conversation about balance of spicing etc a few days before the event, unbeknown to him, I had written a menu completely of HIS dishes ( this was my treat to him as way of a surprise! ) I tried as best as I could to do his classic dishes justice for the evenings celebration! the man has immense enthusiasm for all things foodie, and that enthusiasm rubbed off on all of us in the kitchen, we’re still coming down from it now!
So here it is! The recipe that I ” borrowed ” my interpretation, and I apologise to Hardeep wholeheartedly for any mistakes! Love to you Big man xx
1 cauliflower, cut into florets
1 small onion peeled and cut in half
4 cloves of garlic crushed, no need to peel
4 bay leaves
A good pinch of turmeric
30 g butter
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 pinches chilli flakes
A good pinch of Garam Masala
500ml milk full fat
50 g plain flour
1 tsp English mustard
125g Cumbrian cheddar cheese, grated, or a mixture of your favourites
1 green chilli, finely chopped
A good handful of fresh breadcrumbs
A good handful of fresh chopped coriander
1. Preheat the oven to 180C
2. Heat the milk with the onion, bay leaves, garlic, cloves and turmeric, simmer for 5 minutes and set aside to infuse the flavour, 15 minutes should be fine
3. Now Cook the florets in the infused milk for about 5 minutes, simmer until just tender and Drain, keeping the warm milk, but discard the onion etc
4. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the cumin seeds, the chilli flakes and a good pinch of Garam masala, add in the flour to make a roux, cook for 2 minutes, gradually add the flavoured milk, Whisking until smooth and simmer gently for a couple of minutes, stirring continuously.
5. Reduce the heat, Season well with salt and pepper, stir in the mustard and most of the grated cheese, reserving some to sprinkle on top later. Stir for 1 minute.
6. Add the cooked cauliflower back into the sauce, stir carefully to coat each floret well, place in an oven proof dish, mix the breadcrumbs, green chilli and any leftover cheese and sprinkle over the top of the cauliflower.
7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the sauce bubbles and the top turns golden brown.
8. Serve immediately with your choice, we served, Bubble and Sikh ( I love this), Lamb Achari, Spiced mackerel, flat bread and haggis pakoras