Fried cauliflower is one of the most delicious Egyptian vegetable dishes. Cauliflower has a unique taste, it looks like a broccoli but white and it tastes so different. I have never seen a purple cauliflower until I came to USA, it looks so beautiful, i would rather put it as a decoration than eat it 🙂 You can make many delicious meals from cauliflower, it could be roasted or with tomato sauce or béchamel or even mashed like potatoes. However, my favorite version of it is the Egyptian fried one. The recipe is pretty straight forward and the flavors is all in the batter. I love to eat it in a sandwich with some tahini or mayo. Hope you like it!
1 head cauliflower
3 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tsp curry powder (optional)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp of Cajun if available
1 cup all-purpose sifted flour
1 cup milk
1/4 cup oil for the mix
4 minced cloves garlic or 2 tsp garlic powder if fresh is not available
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
Vegetable oil for frying
Cut the roots of the cauliflower, then cut it into florets. For easier use, you can also get the frozen cauliflower bags
In a large pot, bring water to boil.
Add 1 teaspoon of cumin and little bit of salt to the water.
Add the cauliflower florets (keep frozen if not fresh) to the boiling water for about 4 minutes maximum or it will be mushy.
In a separate large bowl, mix the flour, egg, milk minced garlic, cumin, curry, parsley, 1/4 cup oil, salt and pepper and mix all together until smooth. Everything except Cajun
Heat the vegetable oil in a deep skillet on a medium high heat.
Dip cauliflower florets in the batter until fully covered.
Fry battered cauliflower in the hot oil until the cauliflower is golden color and crispy.
Remove and drain on a paper towel. You can sprinkle the tsp of Cajun before serving.
You can eat it with some chicken or as is or bring some hotdog bun bread, spread some garlic mayo or tahini sauce, add the cauliflower and enjoy a nice meal!