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deep fried cauliflower recipe

Deep Fried Cauliflower Wings (Vegan, Simple & Easy)

Deep fried crispy cauliflower wings make simple, easy, delicious vegetarian and vegan snacks or vegetable sides which you can quickly make! Once you have made the simple, basic fried cauliflower, you can toss it in the sauce mixture of your choice to make the cauliflower wings spicy or any flavor of your choice (see notes section).
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Indian
Keyword deep fried cauliflower, fried cauliflower, fried cauliflower recipe, fried cauliflower wings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 188kcal


  • 2 cups cauliflower florets I used 16 oz package o frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • salt as needed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup water may add more little by little if needed
  • oil enough to deep fry the florets


to make the batter

  • in a bowl, mix the dry ingredients first - chickpea flour, all purpose flour, salt and garlic powder until the ingredients are evenly mixed.
  • If you are using frozen cauliflower florets like I did, you will have to thaw the florets first. I used the microwave oven to do this. I placed the florets in a microwave safe plate in single layer and then microwaved in high power for about 2 minutes. Microwaves can vary, so you can first heat for about a minute and heat more only if needed. If using fresh cauliflower florets, you can skip this step.
  • Transfer the florets to the bowl with dry flour mixture and mix well to coat the florets.
  • Now add water little by little to the bowl and mix well to make the batter which will coat the florets in the bowl. The batter shouldn't be watery nor too sticky but should be of dropping consistency. Make sure to coat all the florets in the bowl with the batter (alternatively you can first prepare the batter by mixing the dry ingredients mixture with the water and then dip the cauliflower florets in the prepared batter, either way it works just make sure to get the right consistency for the batter and also make sure to coat all the florets in the batter).

To make deep fried cauliflower

  • Heat enough oil in frying pan.
  • When the oil is hot enough, using a large spoon carefully transfer each floret dipped in the batter to the hot oil. You can transfer as many florets as you can fill in the pan, but keep in mind that you will have to flip the pakoras as they get cooked, so make sure to place them in a single layer and do not overcrowd the pan which will make the flipping difficult.
  • Wait until the bottom side of all the florets are cooked and its golden brown in color, the batter shouldn't be sticking to the pan at this point and you should be easily be able to flip them.
  • Gently and carefully flip the florets using a long spatula or tong, whichever is convenient for you, cook the other side too until they are all golden brown in color, which will take another 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the fried cauliflower pakoras or fritters to a serving dish and serve hot. If anymore florets and batter are remaining, repeat the same process and fry all the pakoras. You can serve the cauliflower pakoras with tomato sauce or any Indian style chutneys or any sauce of your preference. Make sure to serve the cauliflower pakoras while they are still hot and crispy for the best results.


To Add Sauce To The Cauliflower Wings

Once you have made these simple & delicious cauliflower wings using chickpea flour, you can make it spicy just like the popular cauliflower wings by tossing them in hot sauce or buffalo sauce if you like.
You will need about 3 tablespoons of hot sauce for this amount of cauliflower wings.
You can add sauce to the fried cauliflower, then heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan and you can toss the fried cauliflower in the pan for a couple of minutes with the spicy sauce to make spicy cauliflower wings.
In fact, you can use any sauce of your choice to make it more flavorful.
You may use bbq sauce to make it slightly sweet bbq cauliflower wings, or use hot sauce or buffalo sauce. If you do not want to use sweet bbq sauce or spicy sauces like hot sauce, you can use tomato sauce to add a slightly tangy flavor to the cauliflower wings.
You may also use a mix of sauces like bbq and tomato sauce or hot sauce or buffalo sauce & tomato sauce to bring out different flavors to make tangy and sweet or tangy and spicy cauliflower wings.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 429mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg