Monday, April 26, 2010

Creamy Cauliflower Mash

This is a simple cauliflower mash or puree which is easy to make and tastes great and is a perfect low fat substitute to mashed potatoes.There are several version of this some rich buttery or made with milk.I have adapted the recipe from Eating well magazine and I have adjusted the quantities to my taste.Do refer the original for exact measurement if you prefer or else heres my recipe.

Ingredients:
Cauliflower: 1 cup chopped
Garlic: 1 clove
Thick yogurt : ( preferably low fat):1 tbsp+
Butter: salted or unsalted: 1 tsp
Salt & Pepper: as per taste

Preparation:
Steam cauliflower florettes along with garlic till they are tender.Allow them to cool.Blend in a mixer the cooled florettes and garlic adding yoghurt,butter and salt and pepper.You will be getting a creamy thick puree.Adjust the salt and pepper and serve as a side to your choice of main course.

The quantities are guesstimates I must say again and the taste was hearty.Rather I must say the taste was surprising.You will not miss the mashed potatoes once you taste this.The recipe is flexible and you can add or remove the items such as make it completely butterless,add more garlic or use onions,chives or use vegan ingredients or even use milk or cream for a rich version.You can grill or roast cauliflower if you like that or you can try this just as you make mashed potatoes and I am sure you will not miss potatoes in this hearty recipe as well.

Cauliflowers and other crucierous veggies have compounds that help prevent cancer.It is rich in folate,Vitamin B and C and also has sizeable quantities of potassium and magnessium.It is almost fat free and is high in dietary fibre as well.So this low fat mash is perfect for HealthNut Challenge 5 : Crucial cruciferous at HealthNut.

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