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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 Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 4


  • 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.