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21 Jul 2016
12:48 pm

Recipe: Spice-roasted cauliflower with tahini, sesame seeds

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Top with seared tuna and a soft-yolk poached egg to make it more delicious.

Spice-roasted cauliflower with tahini and sesame seeds topped with seared tuna and a soft-yolk poached egg.

Serves 4 EASY 1 hr


1 head cauliflower, sliced

olive oil, to drizzle and fry

30ml (2 tbsp) garam masala

10ml (2 tsp) smoked paprika

5ml (1 tsp) ground coriander

salt, to taste

splash white spirit vinegar

4 very fresh jumbo eggs

30g butter

4 thick fresh tuna steaks



tahini paste

sesame seeds, toasted


crimson microherbs

fresh mint leaves


1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Lay the cauliflower slices in a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and the spices and season well with salt to taste. Roast in the oven until soft and slightly charred in places, 30 – 40 minutes.

2. Break an egg into a cup or small bowl and set aside. (It’s best to use the freshest eggs possible – look for the longest sell-by date.) Bring a large pot of water to a gentle simmer. Add a splash of vinegar. Vigorously stir the water in a circular motion to create a well in the centre of the water. Pour the egg from the cup into the well in the water. Repeat this process with the remaining 3 eggs and poach each egg, one at a time, in the simmering water, 3 – 4 minutes for soft. Carefully remove with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of warm water to rinse off the vinegar, then drain on paper towel.

3. Heat a little olive oil in a pan over very high heat, add the butter and tuna steaks and fry, 1 – 2 minutes on each side. Season well with salt to taste.

4. To assemble, place a few slices of roasted cauliflower on plates. Drizzle with the tahini paste and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Top with a seared tuna steak and poached egg, and sprinkle with sumac, microherbs and fresh mint to serve.

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