Warm Cauliflower with Nigella Seeds
Maybe someday I will get to work from home like I have always wanted to but for now let's pretend that I do okay. So my idea of working from home involved lazily peeling myself out of bed...and getting back to bed with a lot of tea (their Green Tea is my favorite) and working until late morning. Normally, morning is a rush hour in between taming my hair and finding something that does not need ironing. It was a nice breath of air to lounge in my sweats and leave my hair messy - isn't that one of the perks from working from home?
When lunch time rolled around, I took a quick break and made these cauliflower with nigella seeds. I am not sure if I should call this a warm salad, a side, or an appetizer because it really could work either ways. The original recipe is from my ecookbook (warm potato salad with nigella seed) but to make it whole30 friendly, I substituted cauliflower and it turned out great.
Nigella seed is also known as black cumin, black sesame seed, black caraway, and black onion seed. They are used a lot in Indian and Middle Eastern Cuisines in curries, bread, salads etc. This sesame look alike seed has a nice combination of onion, black pepper, mustard, and oregano and they taste best if dry-roasted before using. In Arabic culture, it is known as Habbatul barakah, meaning the "seed of blessing" and believed to be a remedy for all diseases except death (click here for more on its health benefits).
Enjoy it as a side or if you are hungry and need something more substantial, top it with fried eggs....been there done that! After all this working from home wasn't bad, heck I even had time for a decent post with a recipe on a day I normally don't post. Okay I am off to bed now..someone has to be back at the office tomorrow. Do you guys work from home? If you don't, would you like to?
- 1/2 small head of cauliflower, washed and cut into small florets
- 2 teaspoon neutral oil
- 1 teaspoon nigella seed
- 1 teaspoon chopped jalapeno (or use 1 teaspoon red chili powder)
- 2 tablespoon water
- salt, to taste
- Steam cauliflower ( I used pan-method for about 6-7 minutes until soft but not mushy).
- In a medium pan heat oil and fry nigella seeds until it is fragrant for about 1 minute.
- Add cauliflower to the pan and stir everything together.
- In a small bowl, mix jalapeno (or chili power) with water then pour in the pan. - Continue cooking for another 4-6 minutes until the water evaporates.
- Season it with salt as needed.
- Serve it warm.