Because this recipe has few ingredients, buy them as fresh as you can. (In Toronto, I pick up my fresh curry leaves in Little India – another reminder of the markets of Mauritius.) As for the method, it’s easy as anything, making this versatile year-round dish a go-to: You can serve it hot or cold, for dinner or lunch, as a side or even on top of a salad.
1 head cauliflower, broken into small florets
3 2-inch pieces fresh turmeric, peeled, finely grated
1/2 cup loosely packed curry leaves
Fry curry leaves in 1/2 an inch of olive oil until crisp. Strain leaves and mix turmeric into leftover oil. In a large bowl, crumble fried curry leaves over cauliflower and pour in turmeric and oil mixture. Stir well, season with kosher salt then lay out on baking sheet. Roast at 400 F for 8 to 10 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
Chef David Lee is co-owner of Nota Bene in Toronto.