Cauliflower pakoda or gobi pakora recipe – Crunchy and delicious pakoda that I happened to make recently for a evening snack on a weekend. Made in South Indian style, these are very flavorful and the entire house fills with an exciting aroma. These are best served hot with a cup of masala chai as they begin to loose the crunch when cooled down.
To make these cauliflower pakoda flavorful, we need to use a good garam masala and curry leaves. If you do not have curry leaves, they can be replaced with pudina/mint. You can also use both.
Cauliflower pakoda recipe
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
- 300 to 350 grams cauliflower (3 heaped cups florets)
- 2 sprigs curry leaves
- 2 green chilies (adjust as needed)
- 1 ¼ tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 ½ tsp ajwain / carom seeds/ vaamu
- 1 tsp red chili powder (adjust)
- 1 tsp garam masala
- ¼ cup besan + 3 tbsp (7 tbsp)
- ¼ cup rice flour (or 2 tbsp rice flour + 2 tbsp corn flour)
- Salt as needed
- turmeric as needed (optional)
- water as needed
- oil for frying, as needed
How to make the recipe
- Add cauli flower florets to salted hot water and leave for sometime. Drain the water and rinse them thoroughly. Drain in a colander.
- Add them to a mixing bowl.
- Add ginger garlic paste, curry leaves, green chilies. Sprinkle chili powder, carom seeds and garam masala. You can also use chaat masala if you prefer.
- Mix well. Evenly sprinkle the flours and salt. Sprinkle water and coat the gobi well with flours. Use water as needed.
- Heat oil in a fry pan. When the oil is hot enough fry until golden on a medium heat. The bubbles in the pan reduce when the florets are fried well.
- Drain on a kitchen tissue. Serve cauliflower pakoda hot with a cup of hot tea or coffee.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
If you are a beginner or new to Indian cooking, I highly suggest you to check the supporting step by step photos for best results. Step by step photos with description available below after the recipe card.
Preparation for cauliflower pakoda or gobi pakora
1. Heat 4 cups water in a pot. Clean the cauliflower florets and add them to hot water. You can also add some rock salt and turmeric to get rid of the worms and pesticide residue. I used about 300 grams of cauliflower florets, about 3 heaped cups of florets.
2. Add them to a colander, rinse them well under running water. Drain them in the colander.
3. Wash curry leaves and chop or tear them. Cut green chilies, make a fine paste of ginger garlic. We need 2 sprigs of curry leaves, 1 ¼ tsp ginger & garlic paste, 1 ½ tsp of ajwain / vaamu, 1 tsp red chili powder, 1 tsp of very good garam masala. If you like you can also add little chaat masala or amchur powder. I haven’t used them.
4. Flours to use: Besan: ¼ cup + 3 tbsps or 7 tbsps , rice flour: ¼ cup or 4 tbsp . You can also substitute 2 tbsp rice flour with 2 tbsp of corn flour. For health reasons i have not used corn flour. Mix together the flours with salt and generous pinch of hing.
How to make cauliflower pakoda
5. Firstly sprinkle evenly garam masala, chilli powder,ajwain. Also add garlic ginger paste, curry leaves and green chilies. You can also use 1 coarsely crushed onion.
6. Mix everything well. Cauliflower will begin to smell very good.
7. Sprinkle the salted flour mix evenly.
8. Sprinkle water as needed. Do not pour as we are not making a batter here. We just need to coat the gobi with flours.
9. Mix everything well to get a mixture like you see in the picture. Flours must coat the gobi well without any drippings. Adding more water at this stage may make the pakoda very oily and the frying time will increase. You can also add more flour at this stage and mix.
Frying cauliflower pakoda
10. Heat oil in a kadai on a medium heat. Drop a small portion of the dough to check if the oil is hot. If the oil is hot enough, the dough rises after few seconds. Do not heat the oil until smoky.
11. Drop the cauliflower florets in hot oil. The oil will begin to bubble a lot as the florets are dropped. Adjust the flame as needed. Make sure it is medium and not high.
12. Keep stirring in between to fry evenly. When the cauliflower is fried well, bubbles reduce on their own. This is the right time to get them out of the oil. Also they turn golden.
13. Drain them on a kitchen tissue.
Serve hot. These cauliflower pakoda need no chutney, they can be served with a cup of tea or coffee.