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Gulpea: Afghan Tomato & Cauliflower Curry

32 min


10 ingredients or less

One-bowl / one-pot

This is a go-to dish in our family. So simple and so satisfying. The tender, dissolve-in-your-mouth texture is divine.



32 min


7 min


25 min

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  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 1
    large onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL)
    canned tomato paste
  • ½ tsp
    ground turmeric
  • 1
    head cauliflower, broken into bite-sized pieces
  • 1
    red hot chili, minced (optional)
  • 1 cup (240 mL)
  • ¾ tsp
  • 1 pinch
    ground black pepper

Serves well with

  • cooked rice
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  1. Add the oil and onion to medium pot on high heat and stir until the onion has become golden.
  2. Add the tomato paste and turmeric, and stir continuously for 30 seconds to lightly toast.
  3. Then add the remaining ingredients, cover, bring to a boil, reduce to a gentle simmer, stirring every 5 minutes until water has been absorbed. The dish is ready when the cauliflower is soft, no longer crunchy, but not mushy.


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Gesa - Sept. 16, 2021, 3:45 p.m.

I have made this spicy colourful cauliflower dish several times as a side dish to rice or potatoes. I like how the tomato paste and the turmeric slowly coat the cauliflower and turn everything so vibrant and I really like the combination of flavours.

PUL Team - Sept. 16, 2021, 5:06 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Gesa, thank you!

River - Sept. 13, 2021, 9:06 p.m.

Finally trying this recipe this week, super excited! Right now we've got a lot of jasmine rice at my place and we've been making tons of delicious curry. What kind of rice would you say this goes best with? Your Cauliflower Chickpea Coconut Curry has become a staple in my house, and we love serving it with our heaping piles of jasmine rice and sometimes saffron basmati rice!

PUL Team - Sept. 14, 2021, 4:59 a.m.

Hi River! If you already have jasmine rice on hand, that will pair well 🙂 We also enjoy this one with brown rice or flavoured rice, such as:…. Generally, any cooked rice or flatbread works nicely. We hope you enjoy it!

Walden - Sept. 10, 2021, 1:34 p.m.

Woderful Recipe!I have tried it tonight.I use fresh turmeric root instead of turmeric powder and I add a pinch of kasoori methi(dried fenugreek) ,Dr.Michael Gregger's super-charged spice blend as well as garam masala.It turns out really good.Thank you.

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2021, 3:30 a.m.

Thanks a bunch for sharing your experience with this one, Walden!

Walden - Sept. 10, 2021, 1:34 p.m.

Woderful Recipe!I have tried it tonight.I use fresh turmeric root instead of turmeric powder and I add a pinch of kasoori methi(dried fenugreek) ,Dr.Michael Gregger's super-charged spice blend as well as garam masala.It turns out really good.Thank you.

Arfa - Aug. 29, 2021, 8:41 p.m.

An additiin to the recipe if u want to try ,gotta engance the flavor so mich more ! Just add grounded garam masala on top of cauliflower as soon as water is evaporated ,another thing my Mom adds is 2 cloves of garlic being fried golden in 1 tbsp of oil ,and that splash of golden brown garlicky oil is spread on cauliflower in the end ,after stove is turned off. I hope u like this ,as it adds to the taste of cauliflower so much ! Peace from Pakistan .

PUL Team - Aug. 29, 2021, 9:52 p.m.

Hi, Arfa! Thank you for sharing your experience with this one. We love to hear other variations. Sending lots of love to Pakistan 💚

Lanny - Aug. 17, 2021, 6:22 a.m.

Delicious. Cooked it today and my son said: so very good, finally you got a cauliflower dish right on. 😁Thank you so very much for sharing this recipe and all recipes and all tips and advices and all you do for us. You are a sunshine in the day and the brightest star a night miss Sadia. God bless you and Robin, who must be most amazing man in the world if he has your heart.

PUL Team - Aug. 18, 2021, 6:29 a.m.

Oh, Lanny, you're too kind! Thank you for being here and supporting PUL. It means so much more than we can express ❤️

Monica - Aug. 1, 2021, 1:30 a.m.

This recipe made me love cauliflower, which before I thought it was kinda gross.

PUL Team - Aug. 4, 2021, 5:09 a.m.

So interesting to hear, Monica, thanks for sharing!

Julian - July 10, 2021, 6:56 p.m.

I'm a beginner cook, and was quite anxious to start learning. But, finding your blog made it all seem doable. I tried to make this yesterday, and it was great! The instructions were easy to understand and follow, and the result made it all the better :)
Thank you so much! If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't know where to start, haha

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 3:53 a.m.

Aww this means so much, Julian, a sincere thank you for sharing! We're so grateful that PUL has been part of your journey with cooking 😃

Lilly - July 10, 2021, 3:31 p.m.

Just tried this dish and it's delicious 🤤
I can imagine this with potatoes as well.
I'm always confused what to do with cauliflower.

By the way, i cooked the leaves and the bigger stamps with it as well and it's good :) I'm just wondering if that's normal or if I should rather throw it out ?

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 3:19 a.m.

We're so happy you're enjoying the recipe, Lilly, potatoes are a great idea! We opted not to add the leaves to this one based on our own preferences, but you can definitely enjoy them in recipes if desired 😊

Anastasia - April 11, 2021, 7:48 p.m.

I bought my first fresh cauliflower of this year today and I knew that I would find a perfect recipe for it on your site! The cauliflower tasted incredible and looked beatifully golden. Thank you so much for ever delicious dishes and inspiration for cooking!

PUL Team - April 12, 2021, 5:14 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Anastasia! So happy you enjoyed the curry 😍