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Chicken and Cauliflower in Coconut and Mustard Sauce

by Laura on December 8, 2012

Bengali Chicken and Cauliflower Curry with Coconut and Mustard

I am writing this in between bouts of codeine-induced dizziness. And how has your December been? I got my flu shot late (note to self–it takes 4 weeks to give you full protection so do not leave it until mid November) and after about 7 days of the influenza, I got better for about 48 hours and now have strep throat. Combined with the residual coughing from the flu, the doctor told me today my throat is actually bleeding. UGH. So yeah, codeine. Which has worn off, but it is 1 in the morning and I will need another dose soon. So I am writing while I am (I think) coherent!

Sautéing shallots, garlic and ginger in mustard seeds, caraway seeds and mustard oil

I promised you guys another post about Rinku’s fabulous new book, The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles, and (drumroll) a giveaway! The publisher has very generously agreed to give a copy of her book to one of my readers. Before I forget, here are the ways you can enter to win (please leave a separate comment for each thing that you do):

  1. Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Indian food or dish is.
  2. Leave Rinku a comment telling her why you would like to win her book.
  3. Follow me on Twitter (or let me know you already do).
  4. Like The Spiced Life on Facebook (or let me know you already do).

The giveaway will be open until Saturday, December 15, 2012, midnight EST.  Good luck!

Bengali curry with butternut squash, cauliflower and chicken

OK now about the dish itself. This one is hands down my favorite yet (and that is saying something!). I adapted this one a bit more than the others, because with being sick I really only wanted to make one dish. In her book, it is listed as a winter squash dish and suggests the alternatives of eggplant or cauliflower. Because I knew I would be serving it on rice, I wanted to reduce the carbs (butternut squash), add the cauliflower and add a protein (the chicken). The seasoning–totally unique to me–I left as is, so I think my dish remains true to the spirit of the original.

Chicken and Cauliflower in Coconut and Mustard Sauce Curry

Guys I thought this dish would last a few days but it was gone in 24 hours. Absolutely delicious. It is meant to be spicy, but I left out the chile peppers because of my kids–so that blob of red you see on my plate is sambal olek to give it some more kick. Also, because I was sick I used (Rinku’s suggestion of) Dijon mustard with salt (and minced chile peppers, which I again left out) in place of the fresh mustard seed paste. If you cannot find mustard oil, I would advocate increasing the mustard seeds and the Dijon mustard both to give the dish some oomph.

Before I sign off and go take that next dose of cough medicine, I wanted to share a few things with you guys. The first–and most exciting–is that I have joined Kitchen Play’s new program: Cookbook Tour. It is an innovation program aimed at both supporting food blogging cookbook authors and exploring the idea that food bloggers are crucial in cookbook PR. You guys know how I feel about that–I’ve been reviewing cookbooks on this site for forever. Our first book, which I will be posting about in the upcoming weeks, is Faith‘s An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair, a cookbook I am super excited to cook from! I hope you check out the other bloggers working with me–we will be all featuring Faith’s book in different yet complementary ways throughout December and January (you can find links to them through the Kitchen Play link above).

The second bit of news is that because the Cookbook Tour is an actual project exploring how useful we as bloggers are to the cookbook PR industry, I will be using Amazon Affiliate links for the cookbooks I talk about. I do receive a small portion of anything you buy through my links, but I will only be linking to cookbooks I would have been writing about anyway. The primary purpose of the links is so Casey over at Kitchen Play has a way to track sales from the blogs involved in the cookbook tour.  Because I am curious, I will probably just get in the habit of using the affiliate links for any cookbook I talk about (for example, I did for Rinku’s book above).

OK, wish me cough-free rest and I hope you are getting holiday baking done! I managed to get some done in between the flu and the strep, and I now have some great cookies to share with you guys!

Chicken and Cauliflower in a Curried Coconut and Mustard Sauce

 

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Joanne December 8, 2012 at 7:44 am

Ahh! I hope you feel better soon. Taking codeine for strep throat sounds serious. :(

I love how veggie-ful and flavorful this dish is! I’m sure it’s like an explosion with every bite.

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ladywild December 8, 2012 at 9:31 am

I’m not sure what the name of my favorite indian dish is. I know it is green. Not very spicy. It had herbs in it that were unexpected to me (cilantro, parsley, basil). It was so delicious.

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Laura December 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Maybe saag?

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ladywild December 8, 2012 at 9:32 am

left a comment for Rinku

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ladywild December 8, 2012 at 9:32 am

i follow on twitter

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ladywild December 8, 2012 at 9:33 am

I like Spiced Life on facebook

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Diana Handros December 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm

‘I have already “liked” you on Facebook

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Diana Handros December 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I love to make and eat Murghi Jhal Fewzi and Tarka Dhal

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Diana Handros December 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I left a comment for Rinku.

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Jadenegro December 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I struggle too with having a 3 year year old who can’t eat things as spicy as we do. I guess we’ve lost a lot of our tastebuds. Sometimes in a recipe like this I will end up sauteing some chicken separately so we can eat the spicy version ;) Otherwise I try not to cook two dinners….

I’ve always liked Gobi Mattar. This recipe looks different from other dishes I’ve made, might have to try it sometime!

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Karen December 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

I like a lot of Indian dishes, but I turn to biryanis when blue or stressed.

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Heather December 9, 2012 at 11:34 am

Mushroom biryani with cashews.

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Heather December 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

Like The Spiced Life on FB.

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Heather December 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

Following TSL on Twitter.

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Heather December 9, 2012 at 11:41 am

Commented on Rinku’s site as well.

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jacquie December 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

i’m not at all familar with indian food so would love to win the cookbook to learn more.

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Betty Ann @Mango_Queen December 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

First, I hope you feel better soon, Laura! It’s not fun to be sick during the holidays. Second, these dishes you have here are all amazing. I must bookmark this chicken and cauliflower with coconut – it sounds delish. My fave Indian dish is Chicken Tandoori. And I already follow you on Twitter and FB, just so you know. Thanks for the nice blog-visit. Glad to join this group hoping to win a giveaway!

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A Couple in the Kitchen December 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

This sounds so yummy. What an incredible mix of flavors. We are big fans of anything tandoori, with lots of naan. Hope you feel better soon!!!

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Liz December 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Oh, Laura, you poor thing…feel better soon! And enjoy this comforting dish while you recuperate.

PS…hubby won’t eat Indian food so I’ll let someone else win your nice giveaway :)

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Rebekah Webb December 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

This recipe looks amazing, I will have to try it and let you know:) I hope you feel better in time to enjoy this wonderful season! My absolute fav Indian dish is Rasam-Tomato Soup and sometimes I’ll make Palak Paneer with it. Our family usually (on a good week) will have an international food night, we love to have these cultural experiences :)

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Natalie S December 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I have never tried Indian food and this cookbook would help change that!

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Natalie S December 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I like your page on Facebook!

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