Cauliflower Usili

Cauliflower Usili

Cauliflower Usili:

I never appreciated cauliflowers, its so hard for me to put this vegetable in my shopping list. Since there are no much choice here, I rarely buy them. Well, to tell you the truth…I have tried korma to curry, nothing really tempted me. I could say, usili form has better suited me. Hope you all will like it, here is the recipe.


Cauliflower – divided into florets
Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Chana dal 1/2 spoon
Urad dal 1/2 spoon
Curry leaves few
Green chilies 3 finely chopped
Dry red chilies 6
Thuvar dal 1 cup(soaked in water for 20 minutes)
Ginger-garlic paste 1 spoon
Fennel seeds 3 spoons
Salt(to grind with dal)
Salt for beans
Turmeric 1 pinch
Curry leaves few(to grind)
Oil 2 cups


In a blender dry grind fennel seeds, salt, dry chilies and curry leaves. Set them aside.

Wet grind chana dal bit coarsely and set aside.

In a pan, heat oil. Add mustard, cumin, curry leaves, chana and urad dal. Let them pop and splutter well.

To this add green chilies and cauliflower. Fry well. Add salt and 1 pinch of turmeric powder. Sprinkle little water over this. Cover and cook.

When it is 3/4th cooked add the wet ground paste and cook without lid. Let the dal paste get well coated with the vegetable. Toss to all the sides..until dal gets fried and cooked.

Run few spoons of oil now, if needed. The dal should not be wet or undercooked anymore. It should be sort of crispy and fragrant now.

Serve this hot as a side dish to rice or chappathi/roti.


34 Responses so far.

  1. Ana Powell says:

    I really love cauliflower, great recipe x

  2. Cauliflower usli looks perfect and very yummy side for rasam rice,,, i hv nt tried usli yet myself my amma cook this for us often carrot usli. sure will try ur version of cauli usli soon.thanks for sharing dear,,take care n keep on smiling.

  3. Priya says:

    awesome .. awesome.. awesome….( i m falling short of words) :)

  4. Cauliflower usli sounds interesting dear…
    Thx. for sharing :-)

  5. Sashi says:

    Chili Cauliflower is my fav, the one they serve in marriages. I love usili too, but never have imagined with this. Truly an innovative Idea !! BTW Malar, I tried ur Brussels sprouts chettinadu style fry with the strong masala coating, Loved it !! Soon will be posting it linking back here.

  6. Wow Malar, really interesting and a new recipe that looks so different but at the same time yum looking.

  7. Jagruti says:

    dish looks tasty and tempting..never seen this version! got to try..

  8. Gulmohar says:

    I love cauliflower and this sounds perfect for me to try out…yummm

  9. Latha says:

    Lovely recipe….Malar, there is no mention of tuvar dal in recipe, I think u wrote chana dal instead, just check.

  10. Swathi says:


    Nice idea of making cauliflower usli. I have one in my refrigerator.

  11. Geetha Achal says:

    Nice recipe…Looks so tempting…

  12. Padma says:

    Love usili and this one is good using cauliflower.

  13. Tina says:

    Looks yummy and easy…

  14. Gita says:

    Nice idea to make usili with cauliflower…looks tasty Malar.

  15. looks delicious malar, nice ingredients used…

  16. Yummy Team says:

    Sounds delicious! Havent heard of usili before. Nice recipe!

  17. Kamalika says:

    New kind of dish…looks very tasty…thanks for sharing….

  18. looks inviting… yummy clicks!!

  19. good Malar! I know only beans with parupu usli.. This is new to me..

  20. AnuSriram says:

    Looks awesome! I usually make it with cabbage or guvar.

  21. Priya says:

    Such a delicious and yummyilicious usili..

  22. Panchpakwan says:

    Veru nice recipe..Looks delicious.

  23. Pavithra says:

    this is awesome .. its very new to me.

  24. Sashi says:

    Hi Malar, Please grab the award I have shared with u here. My hearty wishes to you to receive more, Congrats !!

  25. Lyndsey says:

    I love cauliflower anyway. My daughter usually like it just steamed (I guess that’s how I prepared all her veggies when she was younger). I have just started being able to oven roast it and I think she’d like it this way too. Great recipe!

  26. cauliflower is one of the vegetables I liked since very small… so I love any kind of preparation with cauliflower!! your usili looks great malar, nice one that I love with rice and ghee alone!!!

    we have to grind the tuvar dhal along with chana dhal, and add them together right? ( as you forgot to mention I guess) that’s a nice comfortable food!!! have a nice day dear!!!

  27. Preety says:

    that a different way to prepare cauliflower,,never tried this version before..looks good

  28. Soma Pradhan says:

    I like cauliflower very much…I can eat it anyway…

  29. Leena says:

    Never thought of preparing usli from cauliflower,very innovative! thanks for sharing Malar…

  30. Ms.Chitchat says:

    Never thought of making usli with cauliflower. Awesome usli,loved it. My next dish with cauliflower is this usli :) :)Thanks for sharing.

  31. Dear malar
    It seems I have missed out quite a few dishes from your kitchen..This one is very nice…must read them when i get that I can cook…now virtual eating has become bit oppressive ha ha
    have a nice week ahead

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