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Main course, 4 persons.

Equipment: Dutchdeluxes Medium Rectangular Oven Dish, pestle and mortar, brush.


  • 1 Cauliflower (medium/large)

  • 1 Garlic clove, peeled

  • ½ tsp. Ground turmeric

  • ½ tsp. Cumin seeds

  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds

  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil + 1 teaspoon

  • 4 Lemons

  • 3 tbsp. Tahini paste (sesame paste)

  • 1 tbsp. Greek yogurt

  • 1 Bunch flat leaf parsley

  • 1 Bunch fresh dill

  • 1 Pomegranate (or 150 gr. pomegranate seeds)

  • 50 gr. Peeled pistachio nuts

  • Za'atar (Middle Eastern herb mix)

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • (Sea)salt



  • Heat the oven to 240 degrees Celsius.

  • Bring a large pot of water with 2 teaspoons of salt to a boil.

  • Remove the leaves from the cauliflower and cut the stem straight so it can stand up. Boil the cauliflower for 7 minutes, white part down. Drain and let it steam in a sieve for 10 minutes.

  • Toast the cumin and coriander seeds 2-3 minutes in a small pan until fragrant. Remove and grind in a pestle and mortar until fine with 1 teaspoon of seasalt. Add 1 clove of garlic and grind to a paste. Add 2 tablespoons of oil, a few twists of black pepper and the curcuma and mix well.

  • Add 1 teaspoon of oil to the center of the oven dish and place the cauliflower. Brush the entire cauliflower with the herb oil.

  • Place the cauliflower in the middle of the oven voor approximately 45 minutes (depending on the size).

  • Check the cauliflower halfway and turn. Add 2 halved lemons to the oven dish at this point.

  • Make the dressing by combining 3 tablespoons of tahini with 1 ½ tablespoons of lemon juice.

  • Add 3 tablespoons of warm water and 1 tablespoon of yoghurt. For a thinner dressing, add more water. Taste and season with salt and fresh black pepper and extra lemon juice or yoghurt if needed.

  • Remove the seeds from the pomegranate above a bowl. Toast the pistachios in a frying pan, remove and chop roughly. Also roughly chop the dill and parsley.

  • The cauliflower is ready when you can easily pierce a knife or pin through the center. The cauliflower should have a brown, charred color, which gives added flavour.

  • Garnish the cauliflower with the nuts, pomegranate, herbs and za’atar and serve with the charred lemon, dressing and extra za’atar to taste.



  • Try adding a minced clove of garlic to the dressing or some chopped green herbs like coriander.

  • Replace the pistachios with toasted shaved almonds.

  • Replace the za’atar with sumac.

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