Spiced Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

by Kiran on March 12, 2013 · 69 comments

in Breakfast/Brunch, Indian, Vegetarian

If you were visiting us for breakfast today, I’d serve you this yummy hash. It’s a healthier take on traditional breakfast hash, but with flavor volume turned up.

And one of the best ways to use up cooked cauliflowers and sweet ‘taters that’s just occupying space in the refrigerator.

There’s no food waste in our casa for sure.

Sometimes, all I want is just a cup of coffee with oatmeal. And then, there are days where eggs ruled the breakfast table with freshly squeezed fruit juices.

Other days, I simply stare into my refrigerator for inspiration. Something new. Something that I can create out of a few handfuls of sad looking cauliflower florets and sweet potatoes that just seemed so mundane but filled with possibilities.

I’m NOT gutsy to serve you a mundane breakfast, for sure.

With a few dashes of spices and fresh herbs, the transformation from a regular breakfast hash to something spectacular takes place.

Center stage.

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  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 dry whole red chilies, halved
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 cups cooked cauliflower florets
  • 1 heaping cup cooked sweet potatoes, chopped to bite size
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp water

Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro, a wedge or lemon and fried egg.


  1. Heat a skillet on medium. Once hot, add olive oil. Sprinkle in mustard seeds and crushed coriander seeds. Fry until seeds sputter (30 seconds).
  2. Throw in chopped shallots and fry until translucent (3 minutes)
  3. Add red chilies, curry leaves and turmeric powder. Stir to combine.
  4. Throw in cooked cauliflower florets and sweet potatoes. Add salt + black pepper.
  5. Add some water, stir to combine and cover to steam for 10 minutes on medium heat.
  6. Uncover and stir every now and then.
  7. Once cooked through, serve hot with toasts, chapati or tortilla. Garnish with some fresh cilantro, a wedge of lemon and fried egg.


Of course, don’t forget to brew some coffee or steep some chai to enjoy alongside this yummy spiced breakfast hash.

It just makes sense that way!

What “mundane” produce do you have in your refrigerator right this moment? :)


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1 Rosa March 12, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Delicious and healthy! What a wonderful way of starting the day.




2 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Rosa — thank you my friend :)


3 Lubna Karim March 12, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Oh my my…love those antique props…..wonderful post….what a beautiful way to start with that yum hash…..


4 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Lubna — thank you so much my friend :)


5 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Love sweet potatoes! You got me with the spiced cauliflower! Gorgeous dish, Kiran!
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6 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Anna — thank you my dear :)


7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

I love cauliflower and sweet potatoes, this would make a great savory breakfast!


8 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health March 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

what a great idea for breakfast and use of veggies :) I am kind of tired of oatmeal EVERYDAY. I need to bring savory to the table and tea of course
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9 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Dixya — Yes! I demand more savory in our breakfast these days :)


10 chinmayie @ love food eat March 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM

This is such a perfect lunch and dinner too!
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11 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Chinmayie — so versatile!


12 Brooke @ Food Woolf March 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Well, heck. I’d love to come over for breakfast right NOW. Thank you for showing us what eating at your house looks like. You’ve inspired me!
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13 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Brooke — awww, thanks my dear. I hope you get to try making this one day. If not, you are always welcome to have it at my home :)


14 Lindsey March 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM

what an awesome combination of sweet potato and cauliflower as hash! love it. beautiful photos as well.


15 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Lindsey — thank you so much, my friend :)


16 CCU March 12, 2013 at 3:41 PM

What a delicious vegetable combination 😀

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17 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 1:13 AM

CCU — thank you!


18 Debie Grace March 12, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Sees delicious! :)
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19 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Debie — :)


20 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate March 12, 2013 at 7:28 PM

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21 Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice March 12, 2013 at 7:41 PM

This is truly fantastic and something I know both my husband and I would adore. We LOVE cauliflower, especially when it’s spicy and charred on the outside. We’re celebrating something special this weekend — I can see this fitting into our brunch very nicely :)
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22 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Yasmeen — I hope you had a great weekend celebration. Did you try this recipe for your celebratory brunch? :)


23 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) March 12, 2013 at 8:13 PM

That is a delicious looking breakfast! I am a big fan of big, bold flavors at breakfast!
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24 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Alyssa — thank you!


25 Nik March 12, 2013 at 9:30 PM

This is certainly a refreshing and healthy take on breakfast hash. The little skillet with the egg on top makes it look so appetizing!
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26 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Nik — Ditto and thanks! :)


27 Maria March 13, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Lovely breakfast liked your props and love hash hmmmm :)
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28 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Maria — thank you my friend :)


29 Jen March 13, 2013 at 5:04 AM

Looks good!!


30 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Jen — thank you!


31 Gourmantine March 13, 2013 at 6:05 AM

Lovely dish Kiran, perhaps a little too savory for my breakfast ritual, but I’d be very happy to have this for brunch or lunch :)
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32 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 2:10 AM

Gourmantine — I love switching my breakfast for savory once in a while. But I know what you meant, about brunch :)


33 Katerina March 13, 2013 at 6:45 AM

I would love to have this for breakfast too Kiran! Absolutely my kind of meal!
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34 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 2:15 AM

Katerina — Glad I’m not alone in the “savory” for breakfast department 😀


35 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings March 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

I love this, Kiran! you can serve me this anytime? When can I come over??? As usual, nicely done :)


36 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 2:17 AM

Jen — Anytime my friend :)


37 Ina gawne March 13, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Sounds wonderfully delicious! Yes please!
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38 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 2:17 AM

Ina — thank you so much!


39 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Love this mouthwatering take on potato hash! It looks so delicious, Kiran!


40 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 2:19 AM

Georgia — thank you my friend :)


41 mycookinghut March 13, 2013 at 3:54 PM

What a lovely meal with all yummy ingredients!


42 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 2:22 AM

Leemei — thank you my friend :)


43 Kitchen Belleicious March 13, 2013 at 4:11 PM

i love a good old fashioned hash and I love even more turning an old fashioned hash into a new creation by using your cauliflower and sweet potatoes! It looks amazing
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44 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Jessica — thanks my friend :)


45 Viviane Bauquet Farre- Food and Style March 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Kiran, what a creative way to make breakfast hash!
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46 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Viviane — thank you!


47 Nancy/SpicieFoodie March 13, 2013 at 8:09 PM

I wish I had been at your house for breakfast. Your hash looks so good! Thanks for sharing Kiran:)
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48 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Nancy — you are always welcome for a bite! :)


49 ashley - baker by nature March 13, 2013 at 10:51 PM

This is my kind of breakfast, Kiran!!!
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50 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Ashley — :)


51 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 14, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Ooo, now that’s a nice breakfast!
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52 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Sylvie — thanks and hope you are feeling well :) xo


53 amy @ fearless homemaker March 14, 2013 at 10:06 AM

This looks SO delicious! I’m trying to decide what to have for breakfast right now and your hash looks like it would hit the spot. YUM!


54 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Amy — thanks and I hope you had a great breakfast. It’s more important now :)


55 Ameena March 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Looks delicious..I am a fan of most things hash!
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56 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Ameena — thank you!


57 Nithya March 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

This looks so delicious.. Awesome clicks..


58 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Nithya — thank you!


59 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 15, 2013 at 3:32 AM

Did you just say you would serve this if I visit you!?!? I am afraid you might need to make extra, not for my husband or for my kids… for me! I love sweet potatoes and this hash looks really delicious!! Definitely need 2-3 servings. 😉
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60 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Nami — Yes, I did and you are always welcome with the family. And I’d make sure to make “extras” for only you 😉


61 Charul @ Tadka Masala March 15, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I always need a side dish for my daal-chawal dinners. This would be such a great side dish! :)
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62 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Charul — ditto!


63 honeywhatscooking March 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

wowwwwwwwww.. what a cool idea. If they opened a really hip and happening brunch place in Mumbai, I can totally see this dish on the menu. Very cool idea.. and loved the way you served it in a little cast-iron skillet. :-)
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64 Kiran March 18, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Honey — who opened what? 😀


65 Honey What's Cooking March 18, 2013 at 5:26 PM

i mean, if they (in india) .. opened a brunch place…
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66 Cass @foodmyfriend March 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

What a beautiful breakfast :) I am super jealous! I usually have those two suspects in my crisper too. Such great fall back plans :)
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67 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Cass — don’t be. just reach into your crisper for these two suspects and make it!


68 Sophie March 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM

I would love you to serve this to me any time of day! :)
It looks lipsmacking tasty & so special too! I love the fried egg on top to!! 😉



69 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Sophie — come to Florida. I’d gladly serve you :)


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