Achari Gobi

Cauliflower in pickled sauce @ Playful Cooking

Achari Gobi is a unique North Indian cauliflower curry prepared in pickled sauce. The taste is tangy, spice filled with robust flavor. Achari meaning pickled and Gobi meaning cauliflower, is a quick 30 minutes meal. It goes very well with rice or Indian flat bread. I find cauliflower not only easy to cook but also one of those veggies which can help you get creative and stay healthy.

How to prepare the pickling sauce for the Achari Gobi?

The key ingredient for this Achari gobi is the achari masala or the pickling spice mix. Once you have that handy, you can use to make the same curry using chicken/ paneer or tofu. You can even use the same spice mix to prepare your stew or lentil soup.
The achari masala needs only five whole spices: 
  • Dry red chili – Use kashmiri red chili as it will give the gorgeous red hue instead of making it super spicy.
  • Fenugreek Seeds
  • Nigella seeds
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Cumin Seeds

All these spices are dry roasted and then blend into spice powder. This spice blend is then mixed with fresh lemon juice to prepare the pickling sauce that is added while preparing the curry.

Achari Gobi - Cauliflower in pickled sauce

How to prepare this Achari Gobi Recipe?

It’s a very simple curry to prepare which takes about 30 minutes to prepare.

  • Prepare the spice powder and mix fresh lemon juice to it.
  • The bite size cauliflower florets are first stir fried in little oil and taken off the pan.
  • Then in the same pan, few whole spices (mustard seeds, nigella seeds and cinnamon sticks) are added. Followed by garlic, ginger and onion.
  • Then goest the pickling sauce and tomato puree. I like to use tomato puree (preferably canned) instead of fresh chopped tomato only because the canned tomato puree always gives the more gorgeous red hue to the curry.
  • Finally stir fried cauliflower florets are added and simmered for a while.
  • Because it’s achari gobi which means you want the curry to have a refreshing tangy taste, I like to end it with little amount of plain yogurt. Finally few green chili and finely chopped cilantro leaves goes in.


Ingredients for Cauliflower in pickled sauce

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

Here are few other cauliflower recipes that you will love to try! 

Yogurt Cauliflower Stir Fried

Mushroom Chicken Spiced Cauliflower Fried Rice

Phulkopir Aloo Dalna

Cauliflower in pickled sauce @ Playful Cooking

Achari Gobi – Cauliflower In Pickled Sauce

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Achari Gobi is a unique North Indian cauliflower curry prepared in pickled sauce. The taste is tangy, spice filled with robust flavor.


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 1 cauliflower
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree or 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated garlic and ginger
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • few green chili
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • oil
  • salt


for the pickling sauce

  1. Dry roast the spices and then, grind it to dust. achari gobi step 01 1
  2. Pour spice dust in a bowl and add lemon juice to it. Give a mix and keep it aside to be used later. achari gobi step 02 1

for achari gobi

  1. In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil and sauté cauliflower florets with some salt, until they’re half cooked. It should take about 10 minutes. Once done, take it out of the pan and keep it aside to be used later. achari gobi step 03 1
  2. 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. achari gobi step 04 1
  3. Next, add garlic, ginger and sliced onions. Season with salt and give it a toss. Continue cooking until the onion gets softened. achari gobi step 05 1
  4. Add the pickling spice that was kept aside and the tomato (puree or paste). Sprinkle the sugar. Let it cook in medium heat for 5 minutes or until the spices are cooked through. Once done you should see oil separating from the sides. achari gobi step 06 1
  5. Pour 1 1/2 cup water, add the florets cover the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. achari gobi step 07 1
  6. Switch off the heat, and add the yogurt, fresh chili and cilantro leaves. Toss everything and check for salt. Add any if needed. achari gobi step 08 1
  7. Serve warm.


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

Achari Gobi - Cauliflower in pickled sauce


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  • Sneh | Cook Republic
    Sneh | Cook Republic
    March 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

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

  • indugetscooking
    March 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM

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

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.c
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.c
    March 26, 2013 at 10:00 PM

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

  • Lail | With A Spin
    Lail | With A Spin
    March 26, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Simply lip-smacking!

  • nags
    March 26, 2013 at 11:00 PM

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

  • Rosa
    March 26, 2013 at 11:26 PM

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

    Gorgeous shots, once again!



  • Sarvani
    March 26, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    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
    March 27, 2013 at 12:03 AM

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

  • CrunchyCreamySweet
    March 27, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Love the photos! This cauliflower dish sounds fabulous!

  • Hari Chandana
    Hari Chandana
    March 27, 2013 at 8:35 AM

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

  • nipponnin
    March 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    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!

  • Chitrangada
    March 27, 2013 at 10:42 AM

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

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    March 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I love cauliflower, what wonderful flavors!

  • Colette from JFF!
    Colette from JFF!
    March 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM

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

  • Reem
    March 27, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Beautiful! !!!
    Absolutely loving this deliciousness….

  • Archana
    March 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    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!

  • Abbe@This is How I C
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    March 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

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

  • kale
    March 27, 2013 at 4:43 PM

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

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    March 27, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    This is beyond delicious!

  • Yummy Morsel
    Yummy Morsel
    March 28, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Abslutely mouth-watering and delicious!

  • jehanne
    March 28, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    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
    March 28, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    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
    March 28, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Mouthwatering. Can’t wait to make it.

  • carey
    March 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    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. 🙂

  • Sylvie @ GitK
    Sylvie @ GitK
    March 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

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

  • bhavani
    March 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    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
    March 30, 2013 at 6:02 AM

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

  • Yasmeen @ Wandering
    Yasmeen @ Wandering
    March 31, 2013 at 1:04 AM

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

  • Rose from Magpies Re
    Rose from Magpies Re
    March 31, 2013 at 2:08 PM

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

  • Kate@Diethood
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    April 1, 2013 at 5:22 PM

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

  • Nishita
    April 2, 2013 at 1:08 AM

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

  • Sanjana
    April 2, 2013 at 7:28 AM

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

  • Mallika
    April 2, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    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
    Anne Marie
    April 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    What a gorgeous blog! So glad I stopped by to find thsi boatload of beautiful images and delightful recipes.
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  • Emma Galloway
    Emma Galloway
    May 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

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