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Phulkopir Roast (Bengali Style Cauliflower Roast)

Phulkopir Roast (Bengali Style Cauliflower Roast) is a rich and spicy cauliflower dish, cooked in onion-tomato gravy with warm, beautiful and fragrant Indian spices. Perfect with rice or roti. This has to be my best soul food ever.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: bengali cauliflower roast recipe, Bengali phulkofir roast, biye bari phulkopir roast, cauliflower roast bengali style, phulkopir roast bengali, phulkopir roast bengali bengali
Servings: 4 people
Author: Arpita


  • 1 large Cauliflower (cut into big florets)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder (plus extra to marinate the cauliflower florets)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp methi seeds
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp amchur powder
  • 4-5 tbsp oil (sunflower/veg)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • salt as per taste
  • handful coriander chopped

To make a coarse paste:

  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 green chillies chopped


  • Marinate the caulifliower florets with some salt and turmeric powder.
  • Make a coarse paste of onion , tomato, ginger, garlic and chillies.
  • Heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a thick bottomed pan and fry the cauliflower till golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon and keep it aside.
    fried cauliflower
  • Now in the same pan heat the rest of the oil on medium heat, then add the dried red chilli and the methi seeds.
  • When it splatters add the onion-tomato paste and fry on medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Fry the paste till the oil separates from the sides. 
  • Then add the chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder coriander powder, salt add 2 tbsp of water and fry for few minutes. 
  • Now toss in the fried cauliflower florets along with 3/4 cup of water and simmer till the cauliflower is cooked through. If you want a dry gravy simply crank up the heat until you get the desired consistency.
  • Lastly add the garam masala powder and aamchur powder (dried mango powder) and mix everything well.
  • Sprinkle with some chopped coriander leaves and serve it with rice or roti.