Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Baked Cauliflower 'Tree of Life' for Earth Day

"Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue." {Buddha}. 

We all call it "HOME", we all call it "Mother", It is  'Our Planet Earth'.... ! The God created Earth. The earth is the common denominator which unites us all as human beings. And if we love God we need to love its magical creation, Earth or as we call it Mother Nature, becoz Nature blesses us with blissful life...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As we celebrated the annual Earth day on April 22, for the 42nd time, I feel blessed to live on the most beautiful planet of our galaxy "The Earth". Lets Pledge together to make it a green planet by contributing our every little bit to save it from global warming. In our personal quest to carve a distinct niche for ourselves, we start playing and manipulating with nature. No matter how much personal and professional success we acquire, at the end of the day and life, we need to have blue skies and river, fresh air and water and naturally organic food. For all this, we need to obey the Nature to live longer and merrier !!!

We get a beautiful lesson of life and continuity from our epics. Last night I narrated a story to my son about how Every day was a Earth Day for our ancestors and sages.  He questioned me,"How"?
I told, they woke up early and started their day with offering water to the first rays of sun and chanted mantras looking at the blue sky; then took a dip in the holy rivers, ate fresh and seasonal fruits/veggies  in their meals; and spend rest of their day in sowing and cultivating (to preserve natural resources). It is believed that those who plant a tree/shrub by themselves shall always find plenty of shade. I have seen my dad setting a personal example in front of us by doing his every best to conserve the environment and in turn to preserve our most precious asset "Earth". One fine day he got a Solar Cooker to optimize solar energy plus make nutritious food full of vitamin D. So as kids we used to hop around it like bunnies to fill our little bowls with 'Kheer'  (family Indian dessert) being cooked slowly and slowly using natural heat and energy. I still have reminiscences of the 'pure and distinct taste' over stove cooked Kheer.
Now hearing the whole story, my son said, I also want to have kheer made by solar system :)
This post of mine is dedicated to "My Dear Dad"!

"Cauliflower Tree" Symbolic of Life

This recipe is adapted and tweaked to pure vegetarian version from Vikas Khanna, Chef of Junoon restaurant in NYC. Through this post I wanna share the lesson of life we learn from nature. This Cauliflour recipe, commemorate with flowers, trees and principle of continuity in our lives !

Cauliflower: 1 (makes for 2-3 trees)
Gramflour: 1/2 cup
Salt, chilli: 1/2 tsp (to taste)
Garam Masala: 1/2 tsp
Ginger powder: 1/2 tsp
Coriander salsa : 1 tsp (churning coriander, ginger and green onions)
Spring onion greens to garnish
Chilli tomato sauce to garnish

Cauliflower Trees symbolic of Life n Happiness
Wash the cauliflower in warm water with salt.
Completely dry it with paper towel, so it is free of any moisture.
Place the cauliflower on a chopping board. With a sharp knife cut 2 to 3 trees by cutting it vertically from the center.
Preheat the oven to 350 C.
In a bowl, mix gramflour with little water to make a thick paste and season with desired spices to taste. (salt, chill, garam masala, ginger, coriander salsa).
Place the cauliflower in a lightly greased baking tray.
Spray little oil/butter and coat it generously with the gramflour mix.

Baked Cauliflower Trees,  'Indian Pakoras'

Bake it for 15 minutes till it gets light golden color.
Garnish with micro greens and Chilli tomato sauce.


After talking and cooking green whole day, we ended up having a tug of war for the last tree bite, all dressed up in the platter. And finally my little boy came and said, 'Shall I' :)))))))))))))

Enjoy cauliflower trees or shall I call baked version of Gobhi Pakoras, with a cup of Green tea :)))

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  1. Healthier than eating fried pakoras.nice recipe.

  2. What a beautiful post, Sonia:) Thank you so much for sharing. Your Cauliflower Trees capture the spirit of how nature has a gentle way of speaking...

    Lovely, simply lovely...Happy Earth Day:)

  3. Sonia, what a great post, and recipe too! I love your presentation and photographs! Beautiful!

  4. Sonia,Really a nice post....Happy
    Mother Earth Day:
    Beautiful photography.

  5. loved those cauliflower trees..nice idea

  6. This post was a pleasure to read. I quite love your creative photographic forays with cauliflower. Really, quite aesthetically impressive!

  7. Thank You ladies for stopping by my space and leaving your sweet comments. I'm obliged !!! Cheers, Sonia

  8. so inspirational, im sure ur son must have loved the story as did i :) the dish looks beautiful

  9. Wow wat a lovely story..Seriously am drooling over rite now,irresistible baked cauliflower..

  10. Thanks guys ! Your words are so very precious for me. Thanks for all your love n support. Cheers, Sonia

  11. that is the best way I have EVER and I do mean EVER seen someone cook cauliflower. How can anyone not like it this way! I love it!

  12. What an incredibly beautiful post, pictures and dish!

  13. Woww.. sounds too good and tempting Sonia.. Love the presentation too,, Awesome job :D
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