Fried cauliflower is dusted in ras el hanout spice and is served with bright lemon juice and a creamy hummus dip whipped with yogurt and feta. A perfect game day snack.
By Hein van Tonder
I was inspired to make this fried cauliflower after seeing something similar on Pinterest.
I tweaked the recipe a bit and did not cook the cauliflower before frying. I was worried that it could become a mush and would not have minded at all if the vegetable had a bit of crunch when eating. I also added one my favourite spice mixes to the batter, Ras El Hanout, a spicy blend from Morocco.
These really are moreish snacks and a great play on salty and sweet. The cauliflower goes sweet when cooked, the batter has a warmth coming from the paprika and Ras El Hanout, and the dip packs a salty punch from the feta. Serve with loads of lemon wedges for acidity.
The humble cauliflower has undergone quite the revival. It has always been a favourite veggie of mine and I love all the interesting recipes these days. I have made a fair amount of interesting recipes with cauliflower and these are worth checking out as well: Aloo Gobi, Roasted Cauliflower Salad, Garlic Buttered Cauliflower Mash, Cauliflower Couscous and these lovely Vegetable Pies.
Find the recipe for the creamy hummus dip complete with yogurt, feta, and cream cheese here.
- 1 large head of cauliflower, cut or broken into florets
- 3 eggs
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 ½ tsp Ras el Hanout spice blend
- oil for frying
- Place all the dip ingredients in a food processor until smooth, spoon into a serving bowl and keep chilled
- Pour enough oil in a medium sized pot for deep frying and heat the oil to 180 degrees C
- Beat the eggs with the milk until smooth in a shallow dish
- In a separate shallow dish mix the flour with the Parmesan cheese, salt, paprika and Ras el Hanout spice blend
- Scoop about third of the flour mix in a large freezer bag and gently place the cauliflower inside
- Shake the bag to coat the cauliflower
- Dip each floret into the egg mixture and then in the rest of the flour mixture
- Place on a wire rack while dredging the rest of the cauliflower
- Fry the cauliflower in batches until golden brown and crispy
- Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and keep warm until all the cauliflower has been fried
- Drizzle the dip with some olive oil, dust with some paprika and serve the cauliflower immediately with extra lemon wedges
Hein is a Gourmet Hunter and Food Writer and Photographer in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. He has always loved food and photography is a relative new hobby. He uses his blog heinstirred.com to combine his love for photography with his other love, eating. He has fully embraced the food media world with his styling, photography and words being seen on various digital and traditional platforms.