Cauliflower Pakoras with Mango Raita 

Cauliflower Pakoras with Mango Raita 

Traditional Indian cauliflower pakora (gobi pakora) are easy, tasty and super quick to make. Cook up some of these flavour-packed little bites for a tasty starter or snack to get the party going … 

Serves: 6 

Prep and cook time: 20 – 30 mins 

Ingredients: 

1 medium-large cauliflower (about 800g), trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces 

Sunflower oil, for frying 

For the batter: 

150g gram flour (chickpea flour) 

½ tsp baking powder 

2 tsp ground cumin 

2 tsp ground coriander 

½ tsp ground turmeric 

Generous pinch cayenne pepper 

½ tsp sea salt 

For the mango raita: 

6 heaped tbsp plain Greek yoghurt 

A large handful of coriander, chopped (optional) 

2 heaped tbsp Tracklements Indian Mango Chutney 

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method: 

Start by mixing the raita ingredients together, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Chill. 

For the batter, put the gram flour, baking powder, ground spices and salt into a large bowl. 

Stir gently to mix and get rid of any lumps. Slowly whisk in 175ml cold water, until you have a smooth batter. Add a little more water if necessary – different brands of gram flour will vary in how much they absorb but err on the side of “thicker”. 

Add the cauliflower florets to the batter making sure they are thoroughly coated. 

Heat about a 1cm depth of oil in a heavy-based pan over a medium-high heat. When the oil is hot enough to turn a cube of white bread light golden brown in 30–40 seconds, start cooking the pakoras, a few at a time so you don’t crowd the pan. Place spoonfuls of battered cauliflower – just a few florets per spoonful – into the hot oil. Cook for about 2 minutes, until crisp and golden brown on the base, then turn over with a slotted spoon and cook for another minute or two. 

Drain the pakoras on kitchen paper, then serve piping hot with the raita for dipping. 

Air fryer version: 

  • Turn the air fryer to 180°C and arrange the coated florets on parchment paper in the air fryer basket. 
  • Air fry for 10-12 mins. 
  • Gently toss them and air fry for a further 2-3 mins until crisp. Serve immediately. 

 

Tracklements Indian Mango Chutney RRP £3.85 for 280g is available from fine food delis and farm shops nationwide and online at www.tracklements.co.uk 

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