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Crispy Spiced Cauliflower and Okra [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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If you can't find okra or aren't a fan, make this with just cauliflower, or cauliflower and mushrooms instead! Wonderful with a side of basmati rice, this is a fast and very healthy dish that can be prepared easily on a weeknight. The spices are quite fragrant in this, and will not only satisfy our taste buds, but also offer us many medicinal benefits. Spice liberally!

Crispy Spiced Cauliflower and Okra [Vegan, Gluten-Free]





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  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 cups okra, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon high-heat oil (avocado, coconut, canola, grape seed)
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour (or potato starch)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F and place tablespoon of oil on a metal baking tray.
  2. Chop okra into 1-inch pieces, discarding top caps, and pointy bottoms. Chop cauliflower into uniform florets. Place both on baking sheet and use your hands to toss in oil. Sprinkle with rice flour, all spices, and salt, then toss to coat again.
  3. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes, toss well for even browning, and bake for an additional 10 minutes until cauliflower and okra are both browned and crispy. Sprinkle with freshly chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice just before serving. Enjoy with a side of basmati rice, a nice tamarind chutney, a simple dal, or a la carte.

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 481 | Total Carbs: 64 g | Total Fat: 17 g | Total Protein: 19 g | Total Sodium: 2341 g | Total Sugar: 18 g

Per Serving: Calories: 241 | Carbs: 32 g | Fat: 9 g | Protein: 10 g | Sodium: 171 mg | Sugar: 9 g





Renee Press is the founder of Fire and Earth Kitchen which offers 100 percent vegan and gluten-free cooking classes, food coaching, and chef services in Seattle Washington. She's on a mission to make vegan, gluten-free cooking easy, accessible, and delicious for everyone. Fire and Earth Kitchen.



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29 comments on “Crispy Spiced Cauliflower and Okra [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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2 Months Ago

This was soooo good! I made it with okra and broccoli as I didn\'t have cauliflower but the seasoning was perfect !!!
Thanks for this recipe, it was my first time cooking with okra and although a little bit on the slimy side, it was very enjoyable.

Hayley Restivo
12 Mar 2018

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1 Years Ago


Ashlee Zorn Wetherington
1 Years Ago

Kristine yum!!

Cecilia Olavarria
1 Years Ago

Could you replace okra with eggplant?

Dez Poturny
1 Years Ago

Guy H Martin

Azure Oneill
1 Years Ago

People say okra can be slimy. I never tried it

Elizabeth Wormer-Pando
22 Aug 2016

If you roll it in a bit of flour and add it as last to stir-fries this can be partially prevented however, many people like its sliminess and use it as an integral part of dishes like gumbo...try as I have I just cannot stomach poor okra and it is not its taste but its consistency indeed... (the same consistency as discomposing vegetables at the bottom of a forgotten vegetable tray...sorry! this is the image I get whenever I see okra...)

Melissa Coulbeck
22 Aug 2016

Deep fried okra is good. I usually pan fry it with a breadcrumb coating. It's not slimy this way, just tasty. Perhaps not as healthy though.

Pamela J. DeRoy
1 Years Ago

I can't stand okra - I don't like vegetables with hair on them. Terrible, terrible - very popular in the south, however.

Angela Tran
1 Years Ago

Annie Tran looks good

Rosita Dagtay
1 Years Ago

I find it so good !

Carly Amber
1 Years Ago

Jenny May


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