Achari Gobi (Cauliflower In Pickled Sauce)

Cauliflower in pickled sauce @ Playful Cooking

One of the good things about staying at home is the pleasure of taking time in preparing a home made meal with fresh ingredients. Not that we don’t eat store bought pizza or that I don’t ask my husband to pick a sandwich while coming home for lunch. I totally do that. Like that can ever stop, Ha! But, most often and especially on weekdays, we like to eat homemade meals.


This unquestionably leads us to a healthy lifestyle but it also guides my mind to think of different dishes to prepare through out the week. Keeps me active and motivated. While some days, the brain denies going beyond ‘daal chawal’ (lentil soup with boiled rice), other days it chooses to make me work. Inspiration flows in, tummy starts grumbling and kitchen turns into a hot mess. Thankfully, the end result is almost always worth the sweat.


Cauliflower in pickled sauce @ Sunshine and Smile


That was our lunch couple of days back. Achari Gobi – bite size cauliflower florets coated in a tangy pickled sauce.


Now, I know cauliflower may not be the heart and soul of the vegetable world, it may not be appealing or inspiring enough for a culinary tale but in our home, this veggie is prepared every now and than. Sometime, it’s pureed to a velvety soup or lightly sautéed with other vegetables and sometimes it’s coated with a thick sauce . And when the day needs to be uplifted to break the Monday blues, I make this curry.


I find cauliflower not only easy to cook but also one of those veggies which can help you get creative and stay healthy.


Cauliflower @ Sunshine and Smile


Ingredients for Cauliflower in pickled sauce @ Sunshine and Smile


The pickling spice used here is similar to what is normally used in every Indian home during summer to make multiple batches of pickles. It has a robust flavor, absolutely lip-smacking and helps elevating the palate. The mixture of the sauce with tomato puree gives a vibrant color to the curry, which I must say is very appealing.


So, on a dull weekday, when Friday seems far from reach, try this famous North Indian curry and let me know what you think of it.


Cauliflower in pickled sauce @ Sunshine and Smile


Achari Gobi – Cauliflower In Pickled Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 2 as main course

Achari Gobi – Cauliflower In Pickled Sauce

Cauliflower florets coated with zesty pickled sauce. It's flavorful, zesty and definitely helps elevating the palate.


    for the pickling sauce
  • 3 dry red chili
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek
  • 1/2 teaspoon nigella
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • rest of the ingredients
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon nigella seeds
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • bite size florets of half a cauliflower
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/2 inch ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • oil
  • salt


    for the pickling sauce
  • Dry roast the spices and then, grind it to dust.
  • Pour spice dust in a bowl and add lemon juice to it. Give a mix and keep it aside to be used later.
  • for achari gobi
  • In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil and sauté cauliflower florets with some salt, until they’re half cooked. It should take about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Once done, take it out of the pan and keep it aside to be used later.
  • In the same pan, add 1 more tablespoon of oil. Heat oil and then add cinnamon stick, nigella seeds and mustard seeds. Let it sizzle for a couple of seconds to release the aroma.
  • Next, add garlic, ginger and sliced onions. Season with salt and give it a toss.
  • Continue cooking until the onion gets softened.
  • Add the pickling spice that was kept aside and give it a mix. Let it cook in medium heat until the spices are cooked through. Once done you should see oil separating from the sides. Keep tossing every now and then to avoid it from getting burnt at the bottom. This should take about 10 minutes.
  • Now add the tomato puree, season with salt and sugar. Continue cooking for another 7 minutes or until the spices is cooked through and tomato puree is coated nicely with rest of the ingredients.
  • Finally add the partially fried cauliflower that was kept aside, give a toss.
  • Add the chili powder and yogurt. Give a mix. Make sure the heat is it medium or else the sauce will curdle.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes, check for salt and add any if required.
  • When done, sprinkle chopped cilantro leaves, give it a mix and serve hot with bread of your choice.


This curry can be made with any kind of meat or any other kind of vegetable as well.


Cauliflower in pickled sauce @ Sunshine and Smile


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Absolutely mouthwatering! Love the look of this K. I adore cauliflower and could happily eat it everyday!

Cauliflower is one of my favourite vegetarian options. Love the colour on this dish, quite promising. Beautiful pics, as always.

Love the moody shots! So mouth-watering! Happy Holi my dear 🙂

nags says:

love the spices used. my husband picks cauliflower any time i tell him to buy some vegetables. his first choice, actually.

Rosa says:

A beautiful, healthy and mouthwatering dish! Exactly the kind of food I eat on a daily basis.

Gorgeous shots, once again!



Sarvani says:

ooo.. this looks lovely.. and the fact that its almost lunch time while I read this post.. makes this look even more appealing.. me guessing that the cauliflower can be substituted with chicken???

Nandita says:

Awesome!!! Just love cauliflower in any form. Would love to try this recipe 🙂

Love the photos! This cauliflower dish sounds fabulous!

Wowwwwww.. Looks fantastic and delicious.. love it 🙂

nipponnin says:

I’m not familiar with some ingredients but I will look for them. Cuz, my husband love cauliflower! Photos are very very nice! You’re so good!

Awesome and chatakdar pics just like the achari gobi, I’m loving it, will try it soon.

I love cauliflower, what wonderful flavors!

My mouth is watering!
I’m putting this on my to-do list.

Reem says:

Beautiful! !!!
Absolutely loving this deliciousness….

Archana says:

Absolutely drool-worthy! I had this a couple of yrs ago at my cousin’s place …ever since I have been wanting to make this but never got around to it. These gorgeous shots have reminded me again to try out this delicious dish soon!

If this is half as good as it looks than I am in for a real treat! And I love cauliflower!

kale says:

personally I find cauliflower totally appealing! especially the way you’ve prepared it!

This is beyond delicious!

Abslutely mouth-watering and delicious!

jehanne says:

Guess what I had for dinner today? Yes, its this recipe! Thanks for sharing Kankana, they turned out absolutely delish, the onlyt hing is I didn’t have nigella so had to omit that. Sharing this post on my FB page!

Pia says:

ki dekhte hoyechhe – and i bet it tastes even better than it looks! i love cauliflower cooked any old way, but i’m loving the colour and the list of ingredients in yours.

Soma says:

Mouthwatering. Can’t wait to make it.

carey says:

Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables, and I’ve gotten some quizzical looks when I tell people that! It certainly isn’t the most glamorous of veggies, but it makes up for that in taste and versatility. I was buying pickled cauliflower at the farmers’ market last summer, and it was SO GOOD, and I was so sad when the summer market ended. This dish sounds delicious, and I think it might be the perfect thing to tide me over until May, and the return of my beloved pickle lady. 🙂

Oh I love cauliflower, especially with a bit of heat!

bhavani says:

Looks simply lovely – had to pin the first pic! I also love Indian style/spices with cauliflower as it’s pretty much the only way I eat it. Thanks for sharing!

Chris says:

That looks delicious! I have added it to my list of “must try” food. Thanks.

Honestly, it’s impossible for me to come here without my mouth watering! Impossible. Another beautiful recipe 🙂

You have such unique ideas K! This looks and sounds totally delcious!

That looks beautiful!!! We also have homemade meals about 98% of the time.. going out to eat is a rare occurrence.

Nishita says:

Tried this recipe today and it came out so well ! thanks for sharing it. Never thought gobi would taste so yum !

Sanjana says:

Oooh! That looks absolutely scrumptious! Came here through haathi’s blog. I see what she means now! 🙂

Mallika says:

I love cauliflowers, but my florets never looked as beautiful as yours. Wonder what’s it that you do to them to make them look so beautiful! Achari subzis are my favourites and your achari gobi will be no exception. Stunning as usual Kankana.

Anne Marie says:

What a gorgeous blog! So glad I stopped by to find thsi boatload of beautiful images and delightful recipes.

Yum!!! Can’t wait to try this one, thank you for sharing! xx