Turmeric Yellow Tel Aviv Cauliflower

The vibrant colors and confident, seasonal approach to creating a meal in Tel Aviv inspired chef Olivia Hayo to created this gorgeous yellow cauliflower dish, enlivened with a tangy, garlicy tahini sauce.

By / Photography By Olivia Hayo | April 01, 2018

Ingredients

Cauliflower
  • 1 large head cauliflower, leaves left on
  • to taste sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Tahini Sauce
  • 1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water, added slowly and as needed
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
For Serving
  • Zhoug (spicy herbed hot sauce), available at Trader Joe's or International Markets
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • to taste smoked paprika
  • fresh cilantro, parsley, or mint leaves

Instructions

Make the Caulilflower

Preheat oven 400F.

Wash cauliflower and trim the bottom stem so it sits flat. Leave on the outer leaves.

Place the cauliflower in a large deep pot. Fill the pot (cauliflower inside) with enough water to completely cover the cauliflower. Make sure there is at least an inch of space above the water line so the water won’t boil over. Remove cauliflower and set aside. (This step is just to make sure there is enough water in the pot to cover cauliflower but not overflow.)

Place the large pot (without cauliflower) over high heat on the stove. Add salt to the water so it tastes like the sea (like when you make pasta). Then add the turmeric, garlic cloves, and black pepper and bring to a rolling boil. Once boiling, carefully lower the cauliflower into the water. Cook for 10 minutes, or until a knife can be easiliy inserted into the stem.

Drain whole cauliflower and let cool slightly so it can be handled. Place on the baking paper and coat the cauliflower with 1 tablespoon of olive oil using your hands or a brush.

Place in the center of the oven and bake for 40 minutes, rotating with tongs every 10 minutes to ensure even roasting.

Make Tahini Sauce

Combine tahini, garlic, and pinch of salt in a small mixing bowl. Stir to combine and then slowly add water, a tablespoon at a time, until smooth and the consistency of honey. Add the lemon juice and stir to combine.

Serve

Finish charred cauliflower by drizzling whole head or pieces with olive oil, tahini sauce, zhoug, chopped hazelnuts, a few pinches of smoked paprika and herbs of your choice.

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Ingredients

Cauliflower
  • 1 large head cauliflower, leaves left on
  • to taste sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Tahini Sauce
  • 1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water, added slowly and as needed
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
For Serving
  • Zhoug (spicy herbed hot sauce), available at Trader Joe's or International Markets
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • to taste smoked paprika
  • fresh cilantro, parsley, or mint leaves
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