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Gobi Panch Phoron | Cauliflower Fry with Five Spice Mix

Cauliflower stir fry with panch phoron - a whole five spice blend mix of cumin, fennel, mustard, nigella and fenugreek 

Panch phoron is a flavorful and aromatic spice blend of cumin, fennel, mustard, nigella and fenugreek seeds in equal quantities and is used to flavor vegetable stir-fry's, dals and pickles. Few days back I had posted the recipe of panch phoron and promised to share few recipes with this spice blend. Here's a simple and delicious one using this wonderful spice mix.

This is a simple stir fry with cauliflower cooked with the five spices. When these spices are tempered in hot oil, they give out a wonderful aroma and  imparts a great flavor to the cauliflower. There are not much spices going into this, except for some heat from the green chillies and red chilly flakes. This goes well with chapathi and dal chawal. I even had some with kothamalli/coriander thokku and it paired well, so guess it'll go well with sambar and rasam too!



Cauliflower - 1 medium
Green chilly - 2
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Panch phoron - 2.5 tsp
Asafoetida/Hing - a pinch
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilly flakes- 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, finely chopped


1. Cut the cauliflower to medium size florets. Put them in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and keep aside. Coarsely grind green chilly and ginger.

2. In a pan, heat oil and add panch phoron. Once they splutter, add turmeric powder, hing and green chilly-ginger paste. Fry for a minute.

3. Now add cauliflower and mix well. Cover and cook till cauliflower becomes soft. Then add salt, red chilly flakes and saute for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.


1. Take care not to burn the fenugreek seeds while tempering.

2. Chilly flakes is optional. I added them for more spice and color.


  1. U have been tempting me with panch phoron so much.I am sure it is would be really aromatic masala with cauliflower.

    1. I was amazed at how wonderful it tasted with just these five spices and no other masala!

  2. i had a eye with interest to see the "recipe ahead promise" from you using panch comes the are tempting me too along with meena

    1. Its tempting me too to make it again! The spices imparted a good flavor to the cauliflower.

  3. really yummy... good one...

  4. perfect side dish. and great clicks too. feel free to drop by my space too when u get the time.

  5. Nice Recipe, never heard about Panch Poran..

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  6. Looks yummy and perfect... Loved the clicks Sona :-)

  7. simple and flavorful dish.

  8. lovely gobi's...very nice to eat with rice or chapati

  9. delicious stir fry n lovely presentation :-)

  10. so flavorful recipe.. lovely clicks...

  11. Such a droolworthy and flavourful gobi, cant ask more..

  12. very flavourful gobi, really can't resist myself..

  13. Bengali spice great cauliflower, I need to try it.

  14. This looks so simple and delicious, am sure it would have tasted great!

  15. Lovely clicks, cauliflower looks delicious and flavorful.

  16. Looks so delicious and flavorful. very tempting dish Sona.

  17. Sounds yumm..have to try his panchphorn sometime..


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