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Cauliflower Pepper Fry Recipe | Chettinad Cauliflower Milagu Pirattal

Cauliflower pepper fry recipe served as side dish with rice for lunch.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Radhika


  • Cauliflower – 1 medium size
  • Onion – 1
  • Garlic – 5 pods
  • Green chilies – 2
  • Whole black pepper corns – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds – 3/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Whole dry red chilies – 2
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 1 tbsp


  • Chop the onions and green chilies finely and keep aside.
  • Cut the cauliflower into bite sized florets.
  • Bring 5 cups of water in a saucepan to a bubbling boil and immerse the florets for 2 mins. Drain the water completely and keep the florets aside.
  • Powder the black pepper corn to a coarse powder in a mixie jar.
  • Crush the garlic pods and keep aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil.
  • Add mustard seeds and when it pops, add fennel seeds and let it sizzle.
  • Add urad dal, broken whole dry red chilies and sauté till the dal becomes golden in color.
  • Add crushed garlic and cook till it changes color.
  • Add chopped onion, green chilies, turmeric powder, curry leaves and cook till the onions turns translucent.
  • Now add cauliflower florets, salt, black pepper powder and toss well.
  • Cover the pan with a lid, leaving a small gap and let it cook over low flame for 3 to 5 mins.
  • Cauliflower pepper fry is ready.
  • Remove from flame, toss once again.
  • Serve as an accompaniment with rice.