Curry Cauliflower Dip and Pita Chips

Before I left my parents’ house over spring break, I made sure to copy down a recipe from a great book they had about dips. The recipe, called Dip Into India, was for a curry-cauliflower dip. I wrote down each ingredient and step of the recipe, and then as usual, I changed it as soon as I got in the kitchen.

The main change was the spice. The book calls for curry powder, but I wanted to use individual spices so I could better control the flavors, and so each taste would be more pronounced. I toasted and ground whole cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fenugreek, cardamom and other spices.

My other addition was lemon juice, which I am surprised the recipe didn’t call for in the first place.

I liked the dip a lot. It’s great with pita chips, which were a process to make all from scratch, but at least I didn’t feel ripped off by the prices they charge for tiny bags of pita chips in the grocery store.

The cauliflower dip actually makes a good hot or cold side dish, too. When I was out of chips, I finished it off with a fork.

Curry Cauliflower “Dip into India”

Adapted from Delicious Dips

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley (Italian parsley)
  • Curry powder or your own blend — I used small amounts of cumin, coriander, cardamom, fenugreek and turmeric. I didn't use a recipe, but this might help if you're unsure.
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash or two of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh lemon juice (my addition)

In a large pot, bring 2 inches of salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower, partially cover pot, then bring to a simmer. Cook until tender, 10-15 minutes. Drain completely and transfer to a bowl.

In a small pan, saute onion in olive oil

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over medium heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of curry powder blend, 1 tablespoon of sugar and salt and pepper. Saute another 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat.

Mash cauliflower into small pieces with a fork. Add onion mixture and stir with rubber spatula to combine. Add yogurt, sour cream, Italian parsley, nutmeg, cayenne and juice from half a lemon. Taste and adjust as necessary. I thought it was a little bland at first so I added more of my curry powder blend, salt and pepper. Don't skimp on the parsley either. I know it seems optional sometimes, but it really adds something here.

The dip can be made up to two days in advance, and it actually stayed good for at least a week. Serve at room temperature with pita chips, or even as a hot or cold side dish.

Pita Chips

I started by making pita bread according to Brown Eyed Baker. Alternatively, you can use store-bought pita.

Slice cooked pita into chip-sized wedges. Spread on a cookie sheet. Brush or toss with good extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Bake at 350 until golden brown, 10-15 minutes. I've since read that you can do this at higher heat or even under the broiler much faster. I just went with what the Delicious Dips book said.


6 Replies to “Curry Cauliflower Dip and Pita Chips”

  1. Mmm, I think dips are my favorite food group. I’m looking at Delicious Dips on Google Books right now, and I want to try every recipe right this second.

  2. Well, I haven’t left yet. I have been roaming around your blog, quite enjoying myself! This is another recipe I will be making tonight. I have bountiful amounts of golden cauliflower from my garden that NEEDS this recipe. Thank you again! I think I shall put you on my blog roll.

  3. This looks wonderful! I make a cauliflower dip with ranch dressing, just whizz it in a food processor with steamed cauliflower. I really want to try this one. You sound a lot like me. I always change recipes to the way I like them. I am going to check out more from your blog!

  4. I found your interesting recipe on food gawker! Question: did you happen to try it without sour cream?

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