Cauliflower Kuku

I love kuku, a herby, omelette-like dish hailing from Iran. I first came across it in local Persian restaurants close to my home in North London, often served as a starter, snack or side. Here, Rosie Sykes has added cauliflower, raisins and spice to fresh coriander and dill to create a hearty vegetarian dish.

The recipe comes from Rosie’s latest book, Roasting Pan Suppers which aims to share simple, one-pan dishes that are quick and easy, perfect for midweek or anytime you need something easy and delicious.

Cauliflower kuku recipe from Roasting Pan Suppers by Rosie Sykes

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Cauliflower Kuku

Kuku is the name for a Persian-style omelette. There are many versions, I am particularly keen on this one, with cauliflower, spices and raisins. It’s great served cold for a picnic or warm as a nibble with drinks.
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rosie Sykes


  • 1 small cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground rice or cornflour
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 11 ⁄2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Few sprigs of dill, finely chopped
  • Small handful of coriander, chopped
  • 20 grams butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely grated
  • 40 grams raisins
  • Sea salt and black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan), gas mark 6. 
  • In a roasting pan, toss the cauliflower, spring onions and olive oil together with plenty of salt and pepper and roast for 15 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, mix the ground rice or cornflour with some boiling water to make a pourable paste. Whisk the eggs in a bowl, then whisk in the rice or cornflour paste, the baking powder, spices, herbs, 100ml water, salt and pepper. 
  • Add the butter, garlic and raisins to the roasting pan and toss together with the cauliflower. Return to the oven for a few minutes, then add the egg mixture. Turn the oven down to 180°C (160°C fan), gas mark 4, and cook the omelette for about 20 minutes or until set. 
  • Serve with flatbreads and maybe a simple carrot salad. 

Cauliflower kuku from Roasting Pan Suppers Cauliflower kuku from Roasting Pan Suppers

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Recipe from Roasting Pan Suppers by Rosie Sykes published with permission from National Trust Books. Book image credit Dan Jones. Additional images by Emma Mykytyn.

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