February 7, 2010

Fried Cauliflower Curry

..the moment I came to know that Jaya has extended the deadline for her 'repost event', I was all excited & ready to try my first recipe, ever posted on my blog 'the Vaangi Ulli Theeyal'. Truth to be said, when I tried my hand the first time on this recipe, I was not impressed with the outcome. Yes, the taste was good & edible but there was no 'W.O.W' factor involved.

..I wanted to get that this time..so the next thing I did was - I researched and finally landed on Sig's blog - 'Eggplant Theeyal'. and was truly impressed!...my motto was to get the 'brown sauce' she mentioned in her post.

...well the result is below -

..no brownness as expected becoz - I added too much of coconut! :(.. I love grated coconut in gravy-based dishes, so out of that habit, I added I guess a tad bit more than expected. I was too depressed to even blog about it but the verdict my roomies gave while their taste-testing was very encouraging. They loved it! C'mon who doesn't love coconut. :).. So, I am happy now..am gonna try this again, add 'right amount' of roasted coconut with spices & get the 'brown sauce' into it! :-).

..and as many of you all know, we had a very heavy spat of snow from past two days here in DC area. Normally I love snow but I hate anything 'too much of it'..:(.. All of us were literally stuck at home and thank goodness we did our errands on Friday itself!

..in such depressing times, our minds automatically trigger for some serious 'indulging & comforting food' and my roomie, P made one such dish. As per her, there was no particular name for this, so we came up with one - 'Fried Cauliflower'. Paired with some simple Jeera rice & above Theeyal on the side, it was pure heaven! Thank you P for brightening our long, boring, snowy days with this awesome recipe. :)

Fried Cauliflower


1 medium-sized cauliflower
4 cups corn flour
2 tbsp all purpose flour (maida for binding) [this is not added in this recipe]
2 tbsp garam masala
salt -to taste
1 tbsp red-chilli powder
1 medium sized onion, chopped
2-3 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tsp chilli-garlic sauce (store-bought)
1 tsp tomato ketchup
oil - to fry


1. Cut cauliflower into small florets and pressure cook them with enough water. Drain the water & keep aside.(don't let them completely cool down)

2. In a mixing bowl, add corn flour, garam masala, red chilli powder, salt with warm (pressure-cooked) cauliflower florets. Mix well until the florets are properly coated.

3. Heat oil in a pan and fry these coated cauliflower florets. Drain the excess oil on paper towels.

4. Now, heat a tsp of oil in a separate kadai and saute onions with garlic & green chillies, until light golden brown. then drop the fried cauliflower florets. Mix in the ketchup & garlic sauce. Adjust the seasoning if needed.

5. This can be eaten just an an appetizer or snack or as a side-dish. Enjoy!

P says - She was asked to make this dish for almost every potluck party until now and it is always gone in minutes!..After tasting this, I am not-at-all surprised by that! :-) 

Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!



  1. DC looks like skiing resort Siri. Hope they clear the roads for the business. Take care on icy roads.
    Theeyal and cauli are delicious!

  2. Oh so sad the storm I mean... But the fried cauliflower is soul comforting!!! Nice color!!!

  3. There is nothing called too much coconut you know ;) The brown color is mainly from the tamarind and from roasting the coocnut till its really brown, but not burned. And the fried cauliflower looks delicious!

  4. Cauliflower dish sounds delicious, I am sure it would be perfect combi with rice!

  5. Ahh...so much snow! Cham is right...it looks like snow resort. :)
    the Fried cauliflower? sound yum! :)

  6. Fried food is always yummy. Snow pix looks very depressing, like cham says may be you can ski :)

  7. i can feel the pain of so much snow..specially when you want to clear the pathway/driveways and clean up the car...!

    flower curry looks delicious...

  8. I like that you added more coconut! The sauce looks so tasty. I really have to try cooking cauliflower as I've seen it done on so many blogs including yours.


  9. Cham - Well said Cham. It is just like a skying resort & the worst part - it is expected to snow 6-8 inches tomorrow & day after. All the DC offices are closed..again! :(

    Ramya - Yup, the fried cauli was indeed comforting ramya :)

    Sig - I was envisioning for the 'brownness' Sig. You are right, I didn't roast coconut for a long time. next time I will :-)

    Parita - thanks dear.


  10. Sonia - Snow resort it is :)..though it is a bit cleared up today.

    Asha - Thank you Ashaji.

    Ruchika - too much of snow and the 'whiteness' around you is v.v. depressing! after tomorrow's second spat of snow, it will b even worse :(

    SE - It took 2-long-dreadful-hours to shove the snow out of our doorway and even 4 tylenols have stopped working.

    Cynthia - the sauce was v.v. tasty and for any fried stuff - I am always up for it ! Thanks for dropping by Cynthia :)

  11. ah there's the dish you mentioned in my post. if you feel low, just eat something fried. instant perk up :)

  12. Thanks for the wishes for my laddu. He calls himself yummy kid now a days. Starting school this year, cant believe it, still remember the first diaper!

    I saw the news that it is going to snow again. Take care Siri, stay warm and cook lots of fried food :D

    Snow is beautiful but after one point it just becomes irritating doesnt it?

  13. Enjoy the snow and stay warm ! The fried gobi..count me in :D Looks awesome

  14. This is fabulous! I have always loved cauliflowers yet I have never thought of frying them!


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