Aug 9 - Cauliflower Kolhapuri
I have a dear friend from school who lives in the City of Kolhapur in Maharashtra. When I visited her at the gorgeous heritage resort she owns there en route to a holiday in Goa, she gifted me with a spice blend that I treasured to the last speck. It sat at the bottom of my freezer and was doled out for special dishes just like Saffron is rationed out in many Indian homes. Its a lip smacking flaming hot blend of onions, garlic and the famed Kolhapuri Mirch (red chili).
I marinaded cauliflower florets in a paste of this spice blend , salt and oil, and roasted it in a 450 F oven. Finished with a handful of green coriander berries, this was a fabulous treat paired with roomali roti.