Quick Bites from Pender

Cauliflower Fritters

In Recipes on April 12, 2010 at 5:01 am


We’ve been traveling around (foodwise) quite a bit recently:  to China for Jade Chicken, to Spain for some tasty condiments in Romesco and Picada, to Japan for Yakitori, to North Africa for some flavour-packed Preserved Citrus,and to Ireland for an Iced Irish Coffee.

Today I give you a tasty little vegetarian snack from the Indian sub-continent.  The sun is shining; crack open a beer and join me on the deck.  I made enough to share…

cauliflower florets


Cauliflower Fritters

Serves 2 as a snack

Cauliflower ½ medium
Chickpea Flour 1 C 250 ml
Milk ½ C 125 ml
Whipping Cream ¼ C 60 ml
Ground Cumin ½ t 3 ml
Ground Coriander ½ t 3 ml
Fresh Thyme 2 t 10 ml
Salt ½ t 3 ml
Cayenne Pepper (optional) TT
Vegetable Oil, for frying 2-4 C 500 ml

C=Cup       ml=millilitres        t=teaspoon                TT=to taste

Wash and dry the cauliflower.  Cut the cauliflower into 2 quarters.  Cut into as many 1/4” slices as you can, then separate the rest of the florets into smaller pieces.

Combine the remaining ingredients, except for oil, in a medium bowl.  Whisk well until smooth.  The batter should be the consistency of pancake batter.  Adjust with water or chickpea flour if necessary.

Heat oil in a saucepan (or deep fryer) to 350 F.  Dip the cauliflower pieces into the batter, gently shake away the excess batter, and carefully place in the hot oil.  Do not overcrowd the pan.  Cook until golden, turn the cauliflower occasionally.  Drain on paper towel, and repeat with remaining cauliflower.

Serve with a cold beer, or your favourite bevvy.


  1. this looks great and so easy to prepare
    thanks! many indian recipes very similiar

  2. Yum, how good is chickpea flour? It makes the best flatbread.

  3. I never used chickpea flour before but I highly doubt that I can buy it in Edinburgh.
    Love deep fry cauliflower!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • I bet you can find it! Try a middle eastern or indian grocery — chickpea flour (also known as gram or chana flour) is a big staple in those cultures. If you still don’t have any luck, all purpose flour will work, you may just have to adjust the amounts slightly.

      Great to have another visitor from so far away!

  4. As soon as I locate chickpea flour I’m gonna make these califlour babies, they look so yummy delish, oh my!

  5. Pakoras! YUM! Cauliflower’s my favourite 🙂

  6. I’ve never used chickpea flour. I bet I can find it in the health food section, or at Trader Joes. These look delicious!

  7. I love cauliflower and this looks so yummy! I think I would use curry powder and tumeric in my batter for flavoring (I used it to roast some cauliflower and it tasted amazing together 🙂 )

  8. Fried Cauliflower…Yum!!!! These look tasty=}

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  10. Always loved fried cauliflower…this looks yummy!!

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