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A plate of cauliflower bhajis with dip on the side

Cauliflower bhajis

Published: January 27, 2021 at 3:17 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 4-6 as a snack

A twist on the curry house classic, these crispy bhajis see cauliflower pieces coated in a spiced batter, deep-fried, then served with a lime and coriander yogurt dip

  • Vegetarian

Try these cauliflower bhajis, then check out our baked onion bhajis, spring onion bhajisBrussels sprouts bhajis and more easy Indian recipes.


  • 1 cauliflower, broken into small florets, stem chopped and small leaves cut into pieces
  • 200g gram flour
  • 25g plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 150-200ml sparkling water
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 150g greek yogurt
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • a handful coriander, chopped
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying


  • STEP 1
    Bring a pan of lightly salted water to the boil and simmer the cauliflower pieces for 1-2 minutes until just softening. Drain really well and leave to cool completely. 
  • STEP 2
    Put the flours and spices in a bowl along with a big pinch of salt, then gradually whisk in the sparkling water until it forms a stiff batter. Gently fold in the onion and cooled cauliflower pieces until they’re completely coated in batter. 
  • STEP 3
    Put the yogurt, lime zest and juice, and coriander in a blender with plenty of seasoning and whizz until smooth and combined. 
  • STEP 4
    Fill a pan no more than a third full with oil and heat to 180C or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds. Line a plate with kitchen paper and set it by the hob. 
  • STEP 5
    Use a dessert spoon to carefully drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil, frying for 3-4 minutes, in batches, until really crisp. Use a slotted spoon to scoop out onto the prepared plate and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with the yogurt for dipping. 

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