25 Minute Indian-Style Butter Cauliflower (Vegan)

4 servings


10 minutes

active time

25 minutes

total time


2 large heads of cauliflower

2 cups Full fat canned coconut milk* (divided)

2 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger

2 tbsp arrowroot starch

1 tsp kosher salt (divided)

3 tbsp coconut oil or ghee (divided)

1 medium yellow onion (diced)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

2 tbsp garam masala

2 tsp curry powder

1 tsp turmeric

1 14 oz can diced tomatoes

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Begin by prepping the cauliflower. Chop into florets, place in a large bowl. Add 1 cup coconut milk, lime juice, and ginger. Let sit and marinate for at least 15 minutes. If using the oven, heat to 450 degrees. You can also use the air fryer.

After marinating, pour the liquid in a separate cup and save. Toss the cauliflower with the arrowroot and 1/2 tsp kosher salt. If using the oven, place the cauliflower on a baking sheet and spread out (be sure to use a non-stick spray or parchment paper so the cauliflower doesn't stick). Bake for 7-10 minutes or until golden and cripy. If using the air fryer, fill the basket in one even layer (may need to do 2 separate batches). Set the air fryer to 390 and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring halfway to ensure even cooking.

Meanwhile, make the butter sauce. Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Once hot, add 1 tbsp of the coconut oil or ghee, then add the onion. Saute for 3-4 minutes, then add the minced garlic. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.

While onion is cooking, mix together the spices: garam masala, curry powder, turmeric, and 1/2 tsp kosher salt.

Pour in the reserved marinade to the onion mixture, then add the remaining 1 cup coconut milk. Stir in the spices, and finally add in the diced tomatoes with their juices. Let simmer over medium low heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, then melt the remaining ghee or coconut oil. Remove from heat.

Pour the sauce into a blender or food proccessor, and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour the sauce back into the skillet, and add the cauliflower. Cook for few minutes, coating the cauliflower with the sauce.

Serve hot over rice or cauliflower rice with chopped fresh cilantro. Salt and pepper to taste.


Serving Size



474 kcal

Total Fat

37 g

Saturated Fat

29 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



29 mg


726 mg

Total Carbohydrate

34 g

Dietary Fiber

11 g

Total Sugars

9 g


11 g

4 servings


10 minutes

active time

25 minutes

total time
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