Curry Cauliflower soup with Cauliflower "Couscous"

By Tim Mackiddie, Jackson-Triggs Estate Chef

Cue the cauliflower! Whether pureed, baked, roasted or raw, cauliflower just might be the new kale. Mackiddie whips up a fresh, summer Curry Soup with Cauliflower “Couscous.” A hint of curry and fresh flavours like cilantro and cumin leave a full mouth feel that pairs well with the smooth richness of a chardonnay.

Wine Pairing: Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Serves 6


  • 1 head of cauliflower, green leaves removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp Madras curry powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tbsp salt, 1 tsp pepper


  1. Using a box grater, grate the florets off of the cauliflower so they resemble couscous. You will need 1 cup of “cauliflower couscous” to garnish the soup. Toss the “couscous” with olive oil and cilantro – set aside.
  2. Roughly chop up the remaining cauliflower florets, stems and stalk.
  3. Heat a medium size pot over medium high heat.
  4. Add in the butter and melt. Next add the onion and garlic, cook while stirring constantly for roughly 2 minutes or until the vegetables are translucent.
  5. Stir the curry powder, cumin, salt and pepper into the onions and garlic. Cook for 1 minute to lightly toast the spices.
  6. Add in your chopped cauliflower stalks and water. Turn the heat to medium-low, cover your pot with a lid and simmer until the vegetables are tender (roughly 30 minutes).
  7. Transfer the soup to a blender and puree for at least 1 minute to ensure a smooth texture.
  8. Add water to adjust consistency if needed. Adjust season with salt and pepper if needed.
  9. Pour the soup into serving bowls and place a spoonful of “couscous” mixture in the center for garnish.
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