Minced Cauliflower Salad Bake

“A mince that
Needed no meat,
Roasted and charred
Till a flavor neat
Layers of color
Smoking it bakes,
A sprinkle of Christmas
Is all it takes!”
½ cauliflower, finely chopped
¼ cup green peas
½ cup mixed peppers, finely chopped
¼ cup onion, finely chopped
½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 gherkins, sliced lengthwise
1 teaspoon curry powder (or any mixed Indian masala)
1 teaspoon dry mint powder
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat the oven to 250 degree C.

Heat oil in a pan. Layer the ingredients- onion, then cauliflower, then tomatoes, then peppers and then the peas. Sprinkle a few drops of water, salt & pepper and turn to medium flame. Cover and cook till all the vegetables have lost their crunch but are not overcooked.
Transfer to a baking tray, put the gherkins on top and sprinkle with lemon juice and mint powder. Bake for 10-15 minutes till the cauliflower is charred and begins to brown. Be patient here as the ‘burnt’ taste adds much to the flavour of this simple salad
Serve immediately with soup or on it's own. A healthy and wholesome meal!