‘Tandoori’ means cooking in tandoor – clay or metal oven that is used for baking or cooking. This is a very popular style of Indian cooking used mainly for starter recipes – tandoori aloo/potato, tandoori paneer/cottage cheese etc. Traditionally, all tandoori recipes use a secret tandoor masala , which is a blend of different dry spices. The food is marinated with the tandoori masala and then cooked in a tandoor giving it an earthy and smoky taste.
I did not have tandoori masala at home, so I checked the recipe online and prepared it. It was made in just 5 minutes, no need of dry roasting or anything, just mix all the ingredients and blend into smooth powder. The tandoori gobi turned out delicious. I served it with a basic onion-tomato gravy and roti, it was yum !! 😀 The same dish can also be served as a starter recipe, just skip the gravy and cut the cauliflower into florets after baking and it is ready to go as a starter.
Preparation time: 30 mins
Baking time: 20 mins
Cauliflower – 1 medium
Tandoori masala (Blend all the ingredients into smooth powder)
Garlic powder – 1 tsp
Ginger powder – 1 tsp
Pepper powder – 1 tsp
Cloves – 4
Cinnamon – ½ inch piece
Green cardamom/elaichi – 4
Grated nutmeg – ¼ tsp
Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds/menthulu – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds/jeera – 1 tsp
Mace/javitri – 2
Tandoori masala – 1 tbsp
Hung yogurt/thick curd – ¼ cup
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Red chili powder – 1 tsp, optional (I added for color)
Oil – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste
- Bring about 5-6 cups of water to a boil, add salt to taste and then place the cauliflower in it. Let it cook till 80 percent done. Strain and place aside.
- In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients under ‘for marination’ and apply this to the cauliflower.
- Make sure to apply the marination between and under the florets as well. Refrigerate for atleast 30 minutes.
- Place the marinated cauliflower on a greased baking tray/plate and also spray or brush oil all over the cauliflower.
- Bake this in a pre-heated oven at 220°C for 20 minutes.
- Remove and serve with any basic gravy of your choice. I served with onion-tomato masala and it was lip-smacking!!