Saravana Bhavan Style Cauliflower Chops

Anyone who had been to Saravana Bhavan and had their cauliflower chops cannot keep away from licking the fingers clean. It is normally given as an accompaniment to Idiyappam, Chappathi to my knowledge.

Here is the recipe to do it at home. It came out pretty good with not much of work. It got empty so soon that I could not take a click of it. I will try to add photos when I do it the next time.  In cooking, more and less is one and the same. More ingredients does not mean tasty dishes.

Fresh Ingredients

Cauliflower (small)

Onion (big)

Tomato (big) – 2 to 3

Green chillies – 2

Garlic pods – 2 (optional to enhance taste)

Coconut (Big) – 1 half

Coriander leaves to garnish

Masala Ingredients

Ginger Garlic paste –  Readily available in the market for Rs. 5

Chilli Powder



Cashew  – 1 tsp

Butter / oil – 20 gms

Fennel seeds – 4 tsp fennel

Cinnamon (big) – 1 stickcinnamon




* You will need Cauliflower, a small flower will do for 4 persons. Make it into small florets. (the secret here is to make it as small and individual as possible) Boil water, add salt and drop these florets into it. Take it off in 2 – 3 minutes ( the florets should be a bit soft)

* Take a big size onion and grind to a paste and keep it aside. Take a big size tomato almost double the quantity as Onion and grind it to a paste. The ratio of tomato puree to boiled cauliflower florets should be 2 : 1

* Take grated coconut same quantity as the tomato puree, add 2 tsp fennel seeds, 2 long green chillies, 1 tsp of cashew / fried gram (udaicha kadalai/ pottu kadalai), 2 pods of garlic  and grind it to a fine paste.

Now on to the stove.

Add oil or butter, cinnamon, fennel seeds and the onion paste and fry it.

Add ginger garlic paste 2 tsp and salt to taste and a pinch of sugar.

Once the raw onion smell is off, add the tomato puree, chilli powder as per taste and the cooked cauliflower florets and allow them to boil together.

Once the raw tomato smell is off, add the coconut paste and cook on slow flame for 5 minutes.

Add coriander leaves at the end

Now  you have the Saravana Bhavan Yummy Cauliflower chops ready. It can be had with Roti or rice.

If you did do it at home, do share your experience with us here.

Posted on April 9, 2015, in Food and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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