Cauliflower Relish

This recipe for cauliflower relish calls for the use of  asafoetida, or hing as it is called on the container I have. The smell of the asafoetida is not at all pleasant before cooking but once cooked there is a wonderful flavour of leeks added to the dish you use it in. This spice is considered a digestive aid and is used for pickling and is best enhanced with the use of turmeric.

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Cauliflower Relish
Cauliflower Relish

I am one of those people who is an accident waiting to happen. I can injure myself without having to do anything. But, my latest injury is affecting my ability to type. My ring finger is so bruised that just hitting the keyboard with it brings tears to my eyes. I thought that I had twisted it when drying my hands but I realized the other night that it is the way I sleep when on my left hand side. For over a year I have not been sleeping on that side as I injured my right knee really badly and sleeping with my knees bent made it worse. I have been sleeping on my right, with my right leg straight and my left leg slightly bent. Now that we have a puppy in the house I am actually doing more lying in bed than sleeping and I thought if I put myself into a comfort position I would fall back asleep. I followed the recommendations from my chiropractor and bent my knees and hips slightly to take pressure off my lower back. And in order to prevent me from falling onto my stomach and sleeping flat like that, I put my hands between my knees. Well, as soon as I did that I realized that I must have somehow hurt my finger in my sleep! I don’t even have a bruise to show for the pain and I am not sure how to fix it. All I know is that it has been a few weeks of this really uncomfortable feeling. When my finger was at its worst I decided to prepare easy meals and very easy side dishes. This cauliflower relish is one of them.

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Cauliflower Relish

Once overcooked, the taste and texture of cauliflower is totally ruined. This recipe results in the cauliflower being perfectly crunchy.
Recipe Category: Vegetarian
Makes enough for: 1 batch relish
All Rights Reserved: Adapted From Preserve page 74


  • 30 mls canola oil
  • 10 mls black mustard seeds
  • 2.5 mls ground turmeric
  • 2.5 mls asafoetida
  • 1 small onion, peeled, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 5 mls lemon juice
  • Salt to season


  • Place the oil into a large, non stick frying pan
  • Heat and once hot, add the mustard seeds, turmeric and asafoetida
  • When the seeds start to pop add the onion
  • Reduce the temperature and sauté until the onions are soft
  • Add the cauliflower, increasing the temperature and cook for 5 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and season with the lemon juice and salt
  • Serve warm

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33 thoughts on “Cauliflower Relish

  1. 5 stars
    Hi Tandy, I wonder if you some how pulled your finger out of the socket? I am accident prone myself, every year it seems I break a toe.

    Anyway love cauliflower, and this looks like a delicious way to enjoy it.

  2. Oh man you are braver than I keeping hing in the house!! I bought it once and immediately had to toss it because Dave and I were like “ugh what IS that??” everytime we walked by. I’d probably love cooking with it though- I’ve had it in a ;pt pf vegetarian Indian recipes and I really like the flavor. Yay for cauliflower recipes by the way 😉 Our minds were on a similar wave-length this week. Looks great!

    1. I had a good chuckle when I saw your recipe! The hing is in a very airtight container so there is no smell until you open the lid 🙂

  3. Tandy, I have to be careful while sleeping due to severe lower back pain. I use a small round (or square) throw pillow and put it between my knees while I sleep on my side. It is so nice on your lower back, knees, and it will hopefully prevent your hand from hurting. Try it, I think you will like it!

    The cauliflower relish looks and sounds tasty.

    1. I used to sleep like that but recently with my knee being so sore I have not been able to bend my knees at all! Shall try again now that my knee is healing 🙂

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