Phulkopir Paturi (Cauliflower with Mustard Seed)

  • Cauliflower, break into florets
  • 2 Potatoes, diced into 1 cm (1/2 in) pieces
  • Onion, chopped finely
  • Tomato, finely chopped
  • 4 Green chillies, finely chopped
  • Coconut 2 Tbsp fresh or frozen grated coconut
  • Turmeric powder, 1/2 Tbsp
  • Mustard seeds, 2 Tbsp, ground 
  • Poppy seeds, 3 tbsp, ground
  • Garlic paste, 1 tbsp
  • Vegetable oil,6 tbsp
  • Salt

  1. Boil the cauliflower and the potato pieces till they are soft. Drain in a colander
  2. Grind the grated coconut with the garlic then add the ground poppyseeds, mustard seeds and turmeric.
  3. Add the chopped onions, tomatos, chillies, 
  4. Heat oil in a pan and adjust the heat to low. 
  5. add the above mixture to the hot oil and stir for 2-3 minutes to mix evenly.
  6. Add little water if necessary to prevent sticking. Cover the pan and flip the mix from time to time. Do not stir vigorously but enough to prevent sticking at the bottom.
  7. If the contents look too dry and not cooked then add a small amount of water and just loosen any adhering content.
  8. Cook for 25-30 minutes till it dries completely and the mix starts turning brown.
  9. This style of cooking is classical bhutanese style. Small amounts of water added as you go on a relatively low heat.