Copycat Whole Foods Curried Cauliflower

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Roasted curried cauliflower inspired by the version served at Whole Foods. This vegetable dish is perfect to accompany any meal or thrown through a salad- A spicy, salty and sweet combination helps caramelise the cauliflower. Suits a gluten free, paleo or vegan lifestyle. 

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I hope the security cameras at Whole Foods don’t monitor them too carefully. 

I’ve been to America several times and first went to Whole Foods in 2011 with my cousin. I still remember that day as if it were yesterday (mainly because it was my first time in America- Not because of Whole Foods). I was jet lagged, sweating (it was Winter in Australia and the peak of Summer in San Diego). My cousin took me to Whole Foods and I thought it was a buffet restaurant. A healthy buffet restaurant. 

My cousin gave me one of those glorious brown box and told me to load up. I did as she said and after a ridiculous amount later, I was fed, happy and in awe of such a concept. 

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Fast forward three years later, and I still have a soft spot for Whole Foods. Maybe it has to do with the blog world constantly singing it’s praises or perhaps its because we don’t have anything remotely like this in Australia- Either way, I know a pitstop to Whole Foods is mandatory whenever I’m in the Northern Hemisphere (Except maybe not the one in Toronto, Canada. The offerings at the hot bar weren’t too epic). 

When I was in New York, I went to Whole Foods for lunch as soon as I arrived because it was conveniently located next to my hotel and my stomach was screaming for food. I went to the hot bar and loaded up with a variety of goodies, including a roasted curried cauliflower. 

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Let’s talk cauliflower for a minute. Outside of the potato, cauliflower is by far my all time favourite vegetable. I eat it whenever it is in season and if my stomach would be kinder, I’d eat it by the kilo/pound/your measurement of choice. My all time favourite way to eat it is simply roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper. Well, it was until that Whole Foods visit. I don’t know if it was because I was extra hungry, the spice combination was delicious or because it was glistening in olive oil- I was besotted at first bite. (Gross. I can’t believe I described cauliflower like that). 

The next day I was dining solo before my early morning flight the next day and I spent close to 5 minutes carefully examining the cauliflower and inconspicuously memorising the ingredients listed on those white cards. Before you question why I didn’t take a photograph with my phone, it had died. (That’s what happens when you mooch wifi from random New York locations.).

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When I arrived back on home soil, that very night I tried my hand at recreating the cauliflower and continued to eat this new variation. Friends, stalking the cauliflower at Whole Foods was so worth it. This roasted curried cauliflower tastes exactly like the one served at the Whole Foods hot bar! The best thing? You probably have ALL the ingredients in your pantry. The combination of curry spices with a touch of sweetness helps caramelise the cauliflower to roasted, charred perfection. This rounds off the first of my Copycat Friday recipe series

PS. That was very expensive cauliflower that final night in New York. So worth it. 

The BEST (and healthy!) Roasted Curried Cauliflower Ever- You'll never make it any other way again! {Vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Copycat Whole Foods Curried Cauliflower

A salty, spicy and sweet flavour combination which caramelises the cauliflower- super simple and inspired by the Whole Foods hot bar.
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Author: Arman


  • 1 large head cauliflower chopped roughly into bite sized florets
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garam marsala
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon native natural sweetener or 2 tsp norbu sweetener or sweetener of choice
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Coat a large baking dish/pan with oil and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the cauliflower and toss through all the spices. Add the olive oil and using your hands, mix well to ensure all florets are coated with the spices and the oil.
  • Add the cauliflower on an even layer on the baking tray and cook for 15 minutes, or until it gets golden, flip and cook for another 15 minutes until the edges are golden brown and slightly charred.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately.


This cauliflower tastes amazing eaten cold, through a salad or even on it's own. It can be kept refrigerated for up to 3 days, covered.
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Are you a fan of cauliflower? 

If you’ve been to the Whole Foods hot bar, what’s your favourite dish from there? 

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    77 thoughts on “Copycat Whole Foods Curried Cauliflower

    1. I totally love their roasted cauliflower! Definitely my fave from there- well that and the Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and sweet potatoes….Sometimes though they make a different version of their usual and I don’t like it. Not sure what the flavors are in order to say what it is I don’t like.

      1. In LA I tried a different kind which I actually really liked too…need to copycat that recipe too!

    2. I eat cauliflower nearly every day! I love it, and this recipe looks amazing. I have to say that my favorite roasted vegetable at the moment is brussel sprouts.

    3. Cauliflower is one of those veggies that I ONLY like when roasted! I have roasted it with curry powder before, it is SO good! My favourite combination I’d say.
      You know my veggie addicition…everything roasted is amazing 🙂 right now I’m impatiently waiting for my brussel’s sprouts to be done!! HUNGRY!

    4. Ok, you’ve convinced me. I need to eat more cauliflower. I don’t have anything against it, but it just never jumps out at me. But after seeing this curried version, I totally need to try this recipe…and soon! They just opened a Whole Foods in our area, too…so stoked about that! I also like that you used the word besotted. You deserve a cookie for that…or maybe just more cauliflower. 🙂

      1. Haha, hasn’t Mike’s blog converted you to appreciate this cruciferous goodness! Ugh, I need to move there. I am besotted by America. America, you besot me.

    5. Cauliflower with Indian spices is one of the only ways I love that broccoli wannabe. So thank you for this!! Although, you’re right— besotted by cauliflower? Who are you?
      I don’t go to Whole Foods often, but now I want to go just to see what my favorite hot bar item is. Watch it be the mac and cheese or something.

      1. Broccoli wannabe? Dude, this TRUMPS broccoli!

        Oh man, I LOVE their mac and cheese- Christina and I loved it in Toronto!

    6. CUMIN!!
      I’d never have thought. I can’t wait to try.

      I would LOVE a copycat of their Buffalo Garlic Tofu – it’s my fave and I can’t duplicate it for the life of me.

    7. Oh I so agree with you about the hot bar at Toronto’s Whole Foods! I’ve been when they have good stuff but usually I’m a little underwhelmed… Luckily there’s a juice bar just down the road in case I don’t like what I find there. This cauliflower sounds delish, I know exactly which one you’re talking about! Very tasty indeed. Happy you got to recreate it at home!

      1. Thanks Gen! I wish we could have hung out in Toronto. I guess that just means you need to come to Australia 😉

    8. Big fan of roasted cauliflower, especially with curry powder. Cauliflower is one of those foods which are hard to photograph pretty but you nailed it! Have you tried the mac & cheese at Whole Foods- to.die.for!

      1. Thanks, Khushboo! I ate that with Christina and we were dying over the perfect amount of butter.

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