I've adjusted the seasoning in this family favourite to suit a younger palate. Cumin is similar to caraway, with a more savoury, hot taste. Use it sparingly as it can be quite spicy.


  • 2-3 medium (about 10oz/275g) potatoes, for mash

  • 1 x 14oz/400g tin chopped tomatoes

  • 1 cauliflower (about 1lb/450g), cut in to florets

  • 1oz/25g unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon/15ml sunflower oil

  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon powered cumin

  • 14oz/400g fresh tomato sauce

  • For the fresh tomato sauce

  • 1 tbsp/15ml olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2lb/900g fresh, ripe tomatoes - skinned, seeded and chopped


  • For the fresh tomato sauce:

  • 1.

    Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and gently fry for about 5 minutes until hot.

  • 2.

    Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and cook, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until the tomatoes are tender.

  • 3.

    Use the recipe straight away or keep in the fridge for 2 days. You can also freeze the sauce in batches for later use; it will be easier if you defrost it first.

  • For the spicy cauliflower:

  • 1.

    Prepare the potato mash and the fresh tomato sauce, and set aside.

  • 2.

    Put the cauliflower in a saucepan with rapidly boiling water.  Cook, uncovered, for about 15 minutes or until tender and strain.

  • 3.

    Heat the butter and oil in a pan and gently fry the onion and garlic for about 3 minutes.  Add the tomato sauce (or chopped tomatoes) and cumin and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

  • 4.

    Place the tomato mixture and the cauliflower in a food processor and whiz, or leave chunky for older children.  Add to the mashed potato.  Leave to cool, then divide in to portions and serve or freeze.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (3 servings)

  • Energy 430kj
  • Fat Total 18g
  • Saturated Fat 6g
  • Protein 10g
  • Carbohydrate 62g
  • Sugar 20g
  • Sodium 827mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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