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Gobhi 65

Spicy and Crispy Gobhi 65 recipe for snacks and starter | Learn how to make Vegan Gluten-free Gobhi 65
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cauliflower Soaking time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snacks and Starters
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Cauliflower Recipes
Servings: 4
Author: Swati


To Blanch Cauliflower

  • 1 medium Cauliflower 2 cups
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Water as required

For Batter to coat Cauliflower

  • ¼ Cup Cornstarch/Arrowroot
  • ½ Cup Yogurt/Curd use plant based yogurt for vegan-friendly version
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic and Green Chilli Paste
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder as per spice preference
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • a pinch Caraway seeds Ajwain optional
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder or any spice mix used in curries
  • 4-5 Curry Leaves or Cilantro/Fresh Coriander(finely chopped)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • Oil to fry Cauliflower

For Tempering

  • 1-2 tbsp Oil
  • 1-2 Dry Whole Red Chillies
  • 1 medium Onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Cubed colored Bell Peppers(as required) optional
  • Finely Chopped Fresh Coriander/Cilantro for garnish
  • ¼ tsp Salt to adjust the taste


Blanch Cauliflower

  • Nicely wash Cauliflower
  • Cut in medium sized florets
  • In a pan take water, warm it. Switch off the gas,
  • Add salt and cauliflower florets. Let it sit for about 15 mins.
  • After 15 mins. drain water and then rinse once in fresh clean water.

Make Batter

  • In a mixing bowl, add arrowroot/cornstarch. You can also use mix of maida (all purpose flour) and cornstarch(cornflour).
  • Add half of yogurt(¼ cup). red chilli powder, caraway seeds/ajwain, salt , curry leaves, a tsp of oil and mix well.
  • Add cauliflower florets and coat nicely with the batter. Batter should not be thin. Let it rest for about 5-10 mins.

Deep Fry Method

  • In a kadhai/heavy bottomed pan, heat oil. Drop a pinch of batter, if it starts rising slowly, add batter coated cauliflower florets and fry on medium heat till light brown.
  • Take out on an absorbent kitchen towel.

Air Fryer Method

  • Add a tsp of more oil when air frying. As cauliflower is dry and does not have too much water in it. It may become very dry after air frying or baking.
  • Preheat air fryer at 350 F or 180C.
  • Arrange coated cauliflower florets in the basket on the mesh or use a parchment paper/silicone sheet.
  • Switch on the air fryer mode, and set the timer to 15 mins. Check after 12 mins. if florets are done take out. Else do it for full 15 mins.
  • In between toss florets when air fryer indicated to turn food.

Oven Bake Method

  • Preheat oven to 350°F or 180°C.
  • Bake for about 15 mins.

Temper Cauliflower florets

  • In a bowl add yogurt(take rest of ¼ cup), red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, salt.
  • In a pan add oil, dry whole red chilli, curry leaves. Add sliced onions, cubed bell peppers. Saute for a 1-2 mins.
  • Add yogurt/curd mix. Saute and mix nicely.
  • Add fried/baked cauliflower florets.
  • Mix lightly, toss a few times and then serve hot.
  • Garnish with fresh finely chopped coriander/cilantro leaves.


In Place of Garam Masala you can also use Curry Masala or Kitchen King. All the spices and the ingredients are available at Indian Grocery Stores outside of India.