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
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Add all ingredients (except the cauliflower) into a bowl and whisk.
- 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.
- Coat each floret in the batter.
- Drop the battered florets into hot oil and fry them on each side until they're golden brown.
- Drain them on a paper towel before serving them.
The traditional recipe uses chickpea flour.