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Whole Baked Cauliflower in Tomato Mint Sauce
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Whole Baked Cauliflower in Tomato Mint Sauce

Whole cauliflower steamed in the electric pressure cooker and slathered with a sauce featuring tomato, mint, nuts, and raisins
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Pressure Up/Down5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: cauliflower, whole cauliflower
Servings: 6
Calories: 173kcal


  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced cashews
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoon mint powder (I used dried mint leaves)
  • 1 cup Basic Makhani Masala
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint


  • Set the Instant Pot® on Sauté mode and heat the oil. When hot, add the onion and sauté lightly for about 5 minutes. Add the cashews and raisins and cook for another minute or so. Stir in the mint powder, Basic Makhani Masala, and 1/4 cup of water. Press Cancel to turn off Sauté mode. Transfer the sauce to a bowl.
  • Carefully remove the cauliflower from its outer leaves in a single piece. Place the whole cauliflower in the Instant Pot®. Spoon the prepared sauce over the cauliflower. Close the lid and set the Instant Pot® on Manual Low Pressure mode for 3 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is complete, allow for a Natural Pressure Release for 5 minutes.
  • Once the pressure is released, carefully remove the whole cauliflower without breaking it and place it on a serving tray or bowl. Spoon all the cooking sauce over the cauliflower. Sprinkle with lemon juice and garnish with chopped cilantro and mint.


If you don't want to make your own Makhani Masala sauce, you can find prepared versions, but note they will probably include butter and will therefore not be vegan. Prepared sauces are usually high in sodium too.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 72.6mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.4mg | Net carbs: 10g