Spicy and Crispy Gobhi 65 recipe for snacks and starter | Learn how to make Vegan Gluten-free Gobhi 65
Cauliflower Soaking time
Appetizer, Snacks and Starters
To Blanch Cauliflower
Water as required
For Batter to coat Cauliflower
use plant based yogurt for vegan-friendly version
Ginger Garlic and Green Chilli Paste
Red Chilli Powder
as per spice preference
Caraway seeds Ajwain
Garam Masala Powder
or any spice mix used in curries
Curry Leaves or Cilantro/Fresh Coriander(finely chopped)
Salt to taste
Oil to fry Cauliflower
Dry Whole Red Chillies
Cubed colored Bell Peppers(as required)
Finely Chopped Fresh Coriander/Cilantro
Salt to adjust the taste
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.
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.