These delectable, fried morsels are inspired by New York style Indian cuisine. The batter is made from lentil flour, a dash of salt, and a rich, perfumed bouquet of spices, then, the cauliflower florets are dunked in it and fried until they are golden brown. This is a great appetizer to serve at a family gathering because it tastes great and it's very kid friendly.

Cauliflower Pakoras [Vegan, Gluten-Free]



  • 1 whole cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 1 cup lentil flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • A pinch of salt and pepper
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Add all ingredients (except the cauliflower) into a bowl and whisk.
  2. Add the water slowly and keep whisking until you have a thick batter. Do not let the batter become thin – you have to coat the cauliflower completely.
  3. Coat each floret in the batter.
  4. Drop the battered florets into hot oil and fry them on each side until they're golden brown.
  5. Drain them on a paper towel before serving them.


The traditional recipe uses chickpea flour.


Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 290 | Total Carbs: 47 g | Total Fat: 1 g | Total Protein: 18 g | Total Sodium: 438 g | Total Sugar: 14 g Calculation not including oil used for frying. Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.