Chili Gobi Recipe – Crispy Fried Cauliflower Snack

Chili Gobi Recipe - Crispy Fried Cauliflower Snack chili gobi 2

Chili Gobi Recipe – Crispy Fried Cauliflower Snack

Cauliflower! Some people love it. I do. Some dont like the texture and bite. However in this crispy snack version, I  believe even those ‘On the Fencers’ will agree it’s great for a tea-time snack! Must be served hot and crispy! Chili Gobi Recipe – Crispy Fried Cauliflower Snack Can be prepared up untill frying well ahead of time.


Chili Gobi Recipe – Crispy Fried Cauliflower Snack


  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into SMALL florets , cherry sized
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch/cornflour
  • ¼ tsp baking SODA
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  •  ¾ tsp cumin powder
  • ½  tsp light soy sauce
  • ½ white vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced finely
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced finely
  • salt to taste – about ¾ tsp
  • 6 mild dry red chilies
  • for the garnish :  4 Tbsp spring onion/ scallion green cut into rings, 2 tbsp Mayonnaise for piping, a pinch or two of chat masala ,
  • about ½ cup water
  • oil for deep frying – I fry in batches so I use 1½  cup oil


  • First make the chili paste: : Add the dry chillies to  a sauce pan of water and bring to boil. Allow to sommer for 5 minutes. Then turn off heat and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Drain the chilies from the water and grind to a paste.CHILI GOBI dry chilly CHILI GOBI chilli paste
  • Rinse the florets thoroughly and drain for 15-20 minutes.
  • Combine the (DRY INGREDIENTS) flour, cornflour, baking soda, coriander powder, cumin powder, salt in one bowl.CHILI GOBI dry batter
  • Keep the (WET INGREDIENTS ) soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and ginger and 2 tsp of the prepared chilly paste in another non-reactive small bowl till ready to mix the batter.
  • When you are set to fry, Heat oil in a deep pot. Test  if the oil is hot enough by dropping a tiny amount of batter, it should sizzle and come up to the top quite quickly.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients  and add water, about ½ cup and whisk till you get a thick batter that is not runny.
  • Add the cauliflower florets and toss with hands till well coated as seen in the picture.
  • CHILI GOBI batter
  • Fry in batches for a minute or two till crisped and golden. Drain on a large tray with paper towels or parchment paper.
  • CHILI GOBI fry CHILI GOBI first fry
  • Once all the florets are fried and drained well, bring the oil back up to a good heat and fry in batches again this time till you get a nice crisped coating and a reddish golden color.  ( you should hear a distinct crusty sound when you knock at a fried floret with the back of a spoon) Spread on a fresh tray of paper towels to drain well.
  • Place in serving platter. Sprinkle over the sliced spring onion greens and using a piping bag to drizzle mayonaise all over the top. Lastly sprrinkle  (VERY LIGHTLY) a bit of chat masala. It should barely be noticeable.

Chili Gobi Recipe – Crispy Fried Cauliflower Snack

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  •  The coriander and cumin powders should be a fine powder and not crushed whole spices.
  •  Do not overcrowd the pot while frying. Once you add all the pieces of one batch wait for a  30 seconds and then separate any pieces that are stuck to each other gently and continue frying
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5 thoughts on “Chili Gobi Recipe – Crispy Fried Cauliflower Snack

  1. Steps for Potato Basket.Seeing this recipe, felt a little I used the chili gobi recipe and I tried to make it a little fancy by presenting it in a potato basket, however I realised that I’m not cut out for this . It was too time consuming and messy due to spluttering of oil while frying the basket. But nice nonetheless.

    potato basket

  2. Grate potato,squeeze out the liquid. Leave on paper towels to drain.
  3. Toss in salt and corn flour,
    Take a a small amount and press on to a steel tea strainer and press gently with a second strainer.
    deep fry. Drain on paper towels. Use desired filling.

    instead of potato noodles basket can also be made

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