Tawa Gobi – Pan Seared Cauliflower

Personally, I have never been a big fan of Gobi primarily because it’s just not appealing to me flavor wise or color wise but since it’s a family favorite, I am constantly looking for ways to make it more fun and geared to my taste. I love the ease of this dish and honestly, I love the fact that this recipe gives bland, boring Cauliflower (Gobi) a face lift and takes it up quite a few levels to where I have started to enjoy it as well. If you ask me, I’d put it in the Chaat category because it’s so full of unexpected flavors. I do serve it with some chutney sometimes and it’s just amazing . Try this delicious recipe for Tawa Gobi — the quick and easy answer to cauliflower with a kick!

Ingredients: (all ingredients are to taste)

Cauliflower – cut to bite size florets
Oil – for coating cauliflower and for pan searing
Red Chili Powder
Dry Mango Powder (Amchur)
Chat Masala
Onion – optional, sliced
Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) for garnishing


1. Rinse Cauliflower florets with water and lightly salt them in a microwave safe bowl.
2. Cover and microwave cauliflower until half-cooked (approx 3 minutes).
3. Drizzle a little oil on the cauliflower.
4. Sprinkle Red Chili Powder and additional salt if required.
5. Drizzle Oil in a non-stick skillet and caramelize the cauliflower – lightly pressing it as you cook.
6. Drizzle a little oil in the skillet and caramelize the onion slices – adding salt to them at the end.
7. Arrange the onions on a plate and top with cauliflower pieces.
8. Sprinkle Dry Mango Powder, Red Chili Powder and Chat Masala to taste.
9. Garnish with Cilantro (coriander leaves).
10. Serve hot.

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0 thoughts on “Tawa Gobi – Pan Seared Cauliflower

  1. It was very tasty. i added broccoli and tofu too. My husband loves this and it was easy and fast too cook.
    Thanks 🙂

  2. Hetal and Anuja,

    I am on the South Beach Diet and according to my nutritionist, this recipe works…thanks :). I was wondering if I can use Broccoli instead of Cauliflower. Broccoli is a must have items on my diet – and I can’t think of anything more fun than steamed broccoli or broccoli soup.

    Also, I cannot follow your Broccoli Potato recipe – no potatoes, carrots or peas on this diet.

    Thanks 🙂

  3. i wnt share my own recipe of tawa goobi.
    cauliflowr 1/2kg
    green chillis:to taste
    all spices:to tast
    coconut milk:1 tablespoon
    first fry ginger garlic paste add cumin when its colour turn brown add spices thn add gobi whn its colour change thn off flame now in tawa add some oil thn green chillis n after 2mins add coconut milk n cook for 1 mins thn add gobi masala n cook for 4mins.u cant believe hetal i m also cooking expert.i learn different recpies from indian cooking course.plz tell me how is my recpie

  4. hi hetal i like u so much u r such a nice girl.but i feel u r looks worry nowadays everything is ok?plz share some new recipes n u tell ingredients.ok

  5. I have a very good starter recipe which is mine –

    Take cauliflower (200 gm) slightly big chopped , take onlions fine chopped , green chilly fine chopped, garlic chopped.Heat the oil in pan add cumin seeds ..when done add chilly and garlic..when turn brown… add cauliflower to it and steer it on medium flame for 7 mins.. add salt and add a spoon of vinegar star again 1 min.

    It is kind of appetizer.

  6. I like your recipes. Try to fry the cauliflower and then add salt, this makes the cauliflower not go soggy and makes it brown very well eliminating the need to flatten. Also spring onions and cauliflower make a great combination.

  7. Hi Hetal and Anuja,
    I tried this recipe and it came out awesome. I liked the taste so much that I was loathe to share it with my son and husband. My son is usually picky with new tastes but, after eating a small bite he wanted more and my husband was laughing at my disappointed face because my share got depleted.

  8. Hi CK,

    A better option might be to steam the gobi in the microwave with a little salt, toss it with a little oil and broil it in the oven. This way, it won’t be flattened out.

  9. Hi Hetal and Anuja,
    I made this cauliflower dish and I loved it. I was amazed at how easy it was to make. I was wondering if I could make Gobi Manchurian by cooking the cauliflower this way rather than frying it. By the way, I have tried your gobi manchurian recipe and it was fantastic. I was thinking of a healthy alternative. Let me know what you think.

  10. Hi Satya,

    Tawa Gobi can be served as a dry subzi or accompaniment to your regular meal. It is not substantial enough to be a chat item.

  11. How do you serve tava gobi? What does it go with? Just curious? Is it like a chat or more like a dry subzi on the side?

  12. You can use frozen Cauliflower but you will have to defrost it first and then follow the recipe including semi-cooking it in the microwave.

  13. Hi Saveetha,

    We will put broccoli recipes down on our list of requests:)

    Regarding 1/2 cooking the gobi/cauliflower on the stove-top, we would suggest that you steam it. It will retain more flavor and nutrition as opposed to boiling.
    If steaming does not suit you, cut the florets into smaller pcs. and cook on the skillet (covered initially and then open).
    Hope that helps:)

  14. hi hetal and anuja,

    the recipe is really good….
    actually i was also a bit bored with cauli ….
    was searching for something new….and got this 🙂
    give me tips to half cook gobi on stove top.

    one request pa… can u show us some recipes using broccoli.. when ever i do broccoli it doesn’t turns into a interesting one.the florets either get mashed or they lose their green color.give us some tips to cook it .
    thanks a lot for all ur recipes.
    keep it up.


    1. Hi Saveetha,

      Add broccoli to boiling water with some salt. You can add Fresh or frozen sliced carrots and french beans. Do not cook broccoli for more than 3 mins else it will loose the crunch and color. Now you can also boil and stir fry potatoes in a little butter, then add broccoli, beans and carrots to it, sprinkle some salt and black crushed pepper and there you have a great side dish!! To give it an Indian taste add chat masala, green chillies, etc. to your taste and liking.

  15. Hetal and Anuja, keep up the good work. I’ve tried and loved quite a few of your recipes,ncluding the ones posted in the past two weeks like the molten lava cakes, and the chai, which were a huge hit with my family.

  16. Hi Hetal and Anuja,
    Thanks for the lovely recipes. If you could please show north Indian sweet lemon pickle recipe would be great.

  17. also…one more thing Monali,

    Sometimes, the addition of sour things prevents vegetables from cooking or lengthens the cooking time.

  18. Hi Monali,

    It’s probably best to add the lime juice at the very end to garnish the cauliflower. This will give it a fresh citrus flavor, not cooked.

  19. Hi Tammanna,

    Sorry, you are dissapointed and have not liked anything we have posted in the last 2 weeks:(

    We try to cater to all tastes, all levels of cooking expertise and have as much variety as possible.

    Pl. do this gobi a try, it is a surefire hit in our homes (and so easy to make) and that is why we wanted to share it with our you and the viewers.

    Take care and feedback is always appreciated. Thanks for your support to SMTC:)

    1. Hi

      Great recipes. We Indians living in west have to often compromise with a lot of stuff (including food) for various reason, either time or accessibility or sometime crazy price put up by Indian stores. So thanks very much and keep up the good work. I am sure there may be a few people who criticize the recipes here but please take that constructively. And not every recipe is going to be palatable. It may look delicious but not for the Indian taste, but it doesn’t hurt trying… But on the other hand we can cook all those recipes which we are accustomed to but don’t know how to cook. Thanks.

  20. plz post some good tasty recipes… kya hoo gaya hai app logo ko.. no good receipes from last 2 weeks..dont make ur rating drop… plz


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