Hi hi, how are you doing? Last Tuesday I got my first flu since 2016, and gal, I haven't eaten so much garlic for a while. My immune system is low, I've to boost it with high-vitamin food like this extra delicious steamed cauliflower.
A tip for you, if you catch a cold or flu take as much garlic as you can. It's anti-virus.
Add raw garlic in your food like in these steamed cauliflowers, in salads and mostly, what I did was to drink a lot of garlic hot water.
Just slice some fresh garlic in a cup and fill it with hot water and drink, throw in some ginger and lemon, some fresh mint and you will kick that flu in a day as I did.
Back to this extra delicious steamed cauliflower.
There was a time I could just stare at cauliflower in the market and get puzzled!
"how on earth is this thing supposed to be eaten?" I'd ask myself.
Cauliflower isn't one of those veggies you see and you instantly fall in love, you know, those veggies that you just want to know how they look inside, how they taste… kinda they make you become curious lol.
Mostly, we are accustomed to white cauliflower. It's white, it's round. End of the story, they don't invite us to dig deeper.
Though, in summer last year I saw a few purple, green and orange cauliflowers. By curiosity, I questioned the farmer about them, who told me that they're very fragile and sensitive to climate than their white sisters. But the taste remains the same.
But, you have to eat a real delicious cauliflower dish like these extra delicious steamed cauliflowers to really appreciate them. They're deliciously spicy.
Don't overcook them, they should remain firm yet tender to chew.
This extra delicious steamed cauliflower is a perfect side dish that's simple and very healthy.
Steaming cauliflower or any other veggie is one of the best ways to maintain the nutrients. This mode of cooking is possibly the healthiest way of cooking.
But we can't steam everything, right?
If you can't steam your cauliflower, then boil them in less water and in low heat. Don't throw the cooking water, and even in case of steaming, reserve the cooking water for future use, or you can just drink it.
What I've come to love about cauliflower is that they're versatile, from pizza crust, mashed, puree, steak to cauliflower rice, you can also make a spiced and sweet sauce too.
Seasoning your steamed cauliflower
You'll never look at the cauliflower the same way again!
As you might know, cauliflower on its own doesn't sound glamorously delicious. But add some other vegetables like spinach, broccoli, herbs and spices and gal, you have one of the most delicious meals.
Some spices like ginger, turmeric, chili, or even masala, will really make your cauliflower stand out.
I used three cloves of garlic, onions, fresh ginger, turmeric, fennel seeds, cumin seeds and added to these some fresh cilantro leaves with chives, and green onions (scallions).
These fragrances give the steamed cauliflower a vigorous hot spicy note that you'll fall in love with.
Cauliflower healthy benefits
Cauliflower has a number of reasons why you should love it. Has a high level of Vitamin C, one reason that you should avoid boiling it in a lot of water.
You'll get Vitamin K, Folate, Pantothenic acids, B7, B2, B3, B6, Choline, Magnesium and Phosphorus, Omega 3, among others.
Glucosinolates are among the phytonutrients that you'll get from cauliflower, like in other cruciferous veggies, glucosinolates have been studied to be cancer protective.
Vitamin K and Omega 3 fatty acids in cauliflower will help you in combatting inflammation.
Cauliflower has antioxidants like rutin, beta-carotene, ferulic acid, quercetin, and kaempferol, lutein, and zeaxanthin that obviously will enhance your health by fighting free radicals.
Eating cooked cauliflower increases the bioavailability of some nutrients and antioxidants. On the other hand, cooking at high heat or boiling in a large amount of water will destroy the water-soluble vitamins C and Bs.
Ideally, buy fresh cauliflower. Frozen tend to have a lot of water and might not hold well in this recipe.
You've to try this recipe!
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With love, Githu.
Extra delicious steamed cauliflower
- 1/4 head of cauliflower
- 1 cup boiling water
- pinch of salt
seasoning herbs & spices
- 1 tbsp fennel and cumin seeds
- 1 piece fresh turmeric
- 1 thumb of fresh ginger
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 medium scallions (green onions)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup chives
- 1 cup cilantro leaves you can add more
- 1 tsp mustard seeds sauce
- piece of fresh chilli
- pinch of salt
- Start with steaming the cauliflower:Bring water to boil. if you have a boiler if not in a saucepan.Clean and cut your cauliflower into medium or small florets.Place the florets into your steamer, I've got a basket steamer.
If you're like me, place the basket steamer into a cooking pan.Add the florets in the boiling water. Cover and let steam at medium-high heat for about 8 minutes.During that time, place fennel and cumin seeds in a saucepan and turn on the heat to medium-low. Dice the ginger, turmeric and 2 cloves of garlic together with your onions.Bring all these in the saucepan with fennel-cumin seeds.Increase the heat to medium-high as you stir everything together. Cover for a minute or two before adding the olive oil.Stir again and cover.Reduce the heat to medium, give them 8 minutes to cook as you stir now and then.Check on your cauliflower. Cut the heat but let them continue cooking with the steam.Meanwhile, clean & chop the scallion, the chives, the remaining garlic and get the cilantro leaves. Clean and chop the chili, discard the seeds if you don't like it too-o-o hot!Remove the steamed cauliflower from the pan.When the onions are cooked, add the scallions, chives, steamed cauliflower, salt, mustard seeds sauce and mix well.
Cut the heat, add cilantro and garlic plus the fresh chili and fold them in gently.Now set your table, serve and enjoy this extra delicious steamed cauliflower.