Winter Pantry

Curried Cauliflower With Tomatoes and Cilantro Pizza

By Suzanne Lenzer | February 19, 2015
Certain flavors are destined to be together: tomatoes and basil, peas and mint, chicken and tarragon . . . and cauliflower and curry. Something about the way the warm spices of a robust curry powder cling to the ruffled, caramelized edges of the milky, nutty florets is completely seductive. And when they're tossed in a stew with coconut milk, you'd believe you were far off in a place where saffron grows and gilded minarets dot the landscape. Those same flavors on a pizza, paired with bright tomatoes and astringent cilantro, are equally as exotic yet somehow more mysterious. You're left wondering exactly where you and your taste buds have wandered off to--but you know you'd like to stay for more than just one slice.


  • 1/2 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder (or more to taste)
  • 1 ball pizza dough, thawed if frozen (use your favorite recipe for dough)
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Roma tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • handful of fresh cilantro leaves


Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Place the cauliflower florets on a baking sheet and toss with 3 tablespoons of the oil and season with salt and pepper. 

Roast until the cauliflower is nicely colored and tender when pierced with a sharp knife, 20 to 30 minutes.

Remove the cauliflower from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 550°F. Toss the cauliflower with the curry powder until evenly coated.

Shape the pizza crust. Brush the dough evenly with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, leaving about a 1-inch border all around.

Scatter the red onion over the crust followed by the tomatoes. Spread the curried cauliflower over the onion and tomatoes. Sprinkle with the pepper flakes.

Transfer the pizza to the oven and bake until the crust is browned, the tomatoes have softened, and the onions are just coloring, 6 to 10 minutes. To serve, scatter the cilantro over the top of the pizza.

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