Inspired Recipe: Curried Cauliflower Pita Pockets
Here’s an easy and delicious curried cauliflower pita pockets recipe inspired by Nell Freudenberger’s The Newlyweds. Why?
Because Bangladeshi Amina is wrapped up in the safety of her American husband’s world and she’s still figuring out how to fit her past into her present.
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This is a recipe I’ve grown up eating. When I considered what might exemplify Amina’s story, I remembered that she cooked cauliflower many times. That seemed right, considering that she was, in fact, a newlywed woman and one not raised in the kitchen. Cauliflower is not only a staple food in South Asia, it’s also very easy to cook. For the most part, it involves mixing a number of vegetables and spices and simmering covered for a while until they’ve reached their desired tenderness. Traditionally, curried cauliflower is eaten with naan, a sort of South Asian flatbread, or perhaps basmati rice. In this case, however, I wanted to present the cauliflower in a more American way to represent the way Amina couched her old identity within her new one. The sandwich seemed like a perfect vessel to do that, and that’s where the pita pocket came into play. A mashup this recipe may be, but it’s a darn good one, especially if you’re looking for a healthy vegetarian meal.
Now that you’re good and hungry, read our recommendation of the book that inspired this recipe: The Newlyweds.