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Shawarma Roasted Cauliflower with The Coconut Collaborative Crme fraiche, Giant Couscous and Pickled Onions

Shawarma and Crème Fraiche Cauliflower with Caramelised Onion Giant Couscous

Prep 10 minutesCooking 35 minutes4 people

Shawarma and Coconut Crème Fraiche Cauliflower with Caramelised Onion Giant Cous Cous, Pickled Red Onions and Lime



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  • 8tbsp Cornicabra Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 400g Giant Couscous
  • 700ml water
  • 15g or small bunch dill, finely chopped
  • 15g or half small bunch, chopped flat leaf parsley (can substitute other herbs)
  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 4tbsp Shawarma Paste
  • 4tbsp Coconut Collaborative Crème Fraiche, plus extra to serve on the side
  • Pickled red onions – see recipe here
  • 2 limes


  1. Place a medium saucepan on a medium to high heat, add 5tbsp olive oil and when hot add the onion and season well with salt. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent sticking, then turn the heat down and continue to cook the onion for another 10-15 minutes, until soft, golden and sweet, then remove from pan.
  2. In the same pan, combine the couscous and water, add salt and bring up to the boil. Lower heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Dress with a little olive oil from the onions, then use a fork to separate the grains. Add the caramelised onions, stir through, then taste and add more salt and pepper. Just before serving, add the chopped herbs.
  3. While the onions are cooking, heat your oven to 200C fan/220C non-fan. Trim any thick and tough outer leave from the cauliflower but leave smaller ones on as they go nice and crispy when roasted. Cut the cauliflower in half, cutting from the stalk towards the outside and if the cauliflower is very large, cut again, into quarters. Season with salt, trying to get some on the inside.
  4. Mix the shawarma paste, crème fraiche and 3tbsp olive oil in a small bowl then spread a good layer of this all over the cauliflower. Try and get some onto the inner layers, either with a spoon or a brush. Tear of a piece of baking paper off and place on a baking tray. Place the cauliflower on top and roast in the oven for 10 minutes then turn the pieces over and roast for another 10 minutes, then turn and roast for another 10 minutes. The cauliflower should be quite dark on the outside and soft enough in the middle that the tip of a sharp knife can be inserted. If still not soft enough, continue to roast for another 10 minutes, but reduced the temperature by 20C.
  5. To serve, cut the limes in half. Mix some of the remaining crème fraiche with a little salt to sharpen the flavour. Divide the warm couscous between plates, followed by the cauliflower. Top with pickled onions, seasoned crème fraiche and serve with a wedge of lime.

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Cornicabra Extra Virgin Olive Oil 500ml

Cornicabra Extra Virgin Olive Oil 500ml

Spanish single varietal extra virgin olive oil made from olives grown in Andalucia, this oil is perfect for cooking and for making dressings.



Persian spice paste with warming ginger, turmeric and fiery chilli.

Giant Couscous

Giant Couscous

Also known as pearl couscous, it works well as a stuffing in peppers for a simple meal.