For preparing cauliflower masala, immerse cauliflower florets in water with turmeric powder for some time. Drain, wash and keep it aside.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and fry chana dhal, coconut, coriander powder, chopped shallots, red chilly powder and curry leaves. Let it cool for a while and then grind it into a fine paste with little water. Keep it aside.