Whole Roasted Mediterranean-style Cauliflower by AYLA

For this week, the chef of the restaurant AYLA shared with us this amazing Whole Roasted Mediterranean-style Cauliflower recipe.

AYLA is an Eastern Mediterranean-inspired restaurant located in the heart of Griffintown at 386 Richmond Street. Ayla offers convivial dishes with a sophisticated and delicate touch.

You will love to share this easy tasty dish!

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Whole Roasted Mediterranean-style Cauliflower by AYLA

Whole Roasted Mediterranean-style Cauliflower by AYLA


• One whole cauliflower

• 5ml Berbere

• 7ml Aleppo pepper

• 2.5ml Ground cardamom

Tarator Sauce:

• 4tbps Yogurt

• 30g Blanched almonds

• 1/2 Garlic clove

• 15 ml Evoo

• Pinch White Pepper

• Lemon Juice to taste

• Salt to taste

• 20g Stale bread (optional)

Zhug (Green Sauce):

• 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

• 1/2 cup chopped parsley

• 2 Green onions

• 1/3 Green chilli

• Lemon

• Evoo

• Ice cubes

• Salt


• Bring salted water to a boil and simmer the entire cauliflower for about 8-10 minutes

• Mix Berber, Aleppo pepper and ground cardamom

• Drain cauliflower and let sit for 5mins

• Coat the entire cauliflower with olive oil and the spice mix

• Roast at 450F for 20-25 min

• While the cauliflower is in the oven, prepare the Tarator Sauce and Zhug

• Spread the Tarator sauce on a big plate

• Place the roasted cauliflower on top of the sauce with the Zhug served on the side

• Slice the cauliflower, dip in the sauces and enjoy!

Tarator Sauce

• Mix almonds, garlic and bread in food processor until it becomes an homogeneous powder

• Fold in yogurt, olive oil, salt, lemon and wine pepper


• Blend ice, lemon, olive oil, salt and all the herbs

• Pulse-mix all ingredients until you get an even and chunky sauce



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