Middle Eastern Fried Cauliflower

Mike Nadelman
Deep-fried cauliflower is a Middle Eastern specialty, so why not make it even more Middle Eastern and use a batter made with dukkah, the complex Middle Eastern condiment made with a mixture of nuts, seeds, spices, and, in this version, chickpea flour. The batter is thin (you have the option of adding a bit more chickpea flour) but the cauliflower gets just enough of a coating to come out of the oil with a perfect thin crispy shell. Serve it with garlic-laced yogurt or with tahini sauce.
0 from 0 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Arabic, Egyptian, Keto, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup spicy Egyptian dukkah
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch rice flour or flour (more as desired)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup sparkling water
  • 3 to 6 tablespoons chickpea flour optional)
  • 1 cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 2 cups peanut oil

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together dukkah, cornstarch (or chickpea flour), baking powder, and salt. Whisk in sparkling water. Depending on the consistency of your dukkah, the batter may seem thin, but try deep-frying a few pieces of cauliflower first to see if you want to thicken it with a little more cornstarch or flour.
  • Pour oil into a wok or wide saucepan to a depth of 3 inches and heat over medium-high heat to 360 to 375 degrees. Set up a sheet pan with a rack on it next to the pan. Cover rack with a few layers of paper towels. Have a spider or deep-fry skimmer handy for removing cauliflower from oil.
  • Place a few pieces of cauliflower in batter and, using tongs, turn them over several times to coat thoroughly. Transfer to hot oil and fry until golden brown, which should not take more than a couple of minutes. Flip over with spider to make sure the coating is evenly fried. It is important not to crowd the pan and to let the oil come back up to temperature between batches. After the first batch you can decide if you want to add a little more flour to the batter.
  • Using the spider, remove the cauliflower from oil, allowing excess oil to drip back into the pan, and drain on the towel-covered rack. Sprinkle with salt right away if desired. Allow to cool slightly and serve with tahini or yogurt

Video

Notes

You can make your own "Dukkah / Duqqa" using the following ground ingredients plus optional chickpea flower: Hazelnuts, Sesame Seeds, Ground Coriander, Ground Cumin, Ground Black Pepper, Ground Sumac, Salt, Kalonji/Nigella seeds, Aleppo Pepper, and Spearmint.
-
Optionally you can just roast the cauliflower as shown in the video for a lower fat and calorie version
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

The Ultimate Instant Pot cookbook: Foolproof, Quick & Easy 800 Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners and Advanced Users (Pressure Cooker Recipes)

Open in Amazon

Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Open in Amazon

The Well Plated Cookbook: Fast, Healthy Recipes You'll Want to Eat

Open in Amazon

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook]

Open in Amazon

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook]

Open in Amazon

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook]

Open in Amazon

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook]

Open in Amazon

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook]

Open in Amazon

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook]

Open in Amazon

The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook: 100 Simple Recipes for Spectacular Results -- with Photographs of Every Step

Open in Amazon

The Complete Cook's Country TV Show Cookbook Includes Season 13 Recipes: Every Recipe and Every Review from All Thirteen Seasons (COMPLETE CCY TV SHOW COOKBOOK)

Open in Amazon

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen (Snoop Dogg Cookbook, Celebrity Cookbook with Soul Food Recipes)

Open in Amazon

Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence

Open in Amazon

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat: A Cookbook

Open in Amazon

Tyohaar Ki Thaali

Open in Amazon

The Ultimate SPAM Cookbook: 100+ Quick and Delicious Recipes from Traditional to Gourmet (Fox Chapel Publishing) How to Elevate Ramen, Pizza, Sliders, Breakfast, & More with Hormel's Little Blue Can

Open in Amazon

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

Open in Amazon

What s Gaby Cooking: Eat What You Want: 125 Recipes for Real Life

Open in Amazon

Magnolia Table, Volume 2: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering

Open in Amazon

Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking

Open in Amazon

5 Ingredient Semi-Homemade Meals: 50 Easy & Tasty Recipes Using the Best Ingredients from the Grocery Store (FlavCity)

Open in Amazon

Air Fryer Cookbook: 600 Effortless Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners and Advanced Users

Open in Amazon

The Ultimate Instant Pot cookbook: Foolproof, Quick & Easy 800 Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners and Advanced Users (Pressure Cooker Recipes)

Open in Amazon

Healthy Quick & Simple 5 Ingredient Recipes Part 1

Open in Amazon

Bread Baking for Beginners: The Essential Guide to Baking Kneaded Breads, No-Knead Breads, and Enriched Breads

Open in Amazon

Vegetable Cookbook for Vegetarians: 200 Recipes from Artichokes to Zucchini

Open in Amazon

Vegetable Cookbook for Vegetarians: 200 Recipes from Artichokes to Zucchini

Open in Amazon

As an Amazon affiliate, I earn commissions if you buy after clicking one of my links. There is no extra cost to you and I thank you in advance for your support.

 

 

As an Amazon affiliate, I earn commissions if you buy after clicking one of my links. There is no extra cost to you and I thank you in advance for your support.