Cauliflower Bhajis

Cauliflower just seems to revel in Indian spices.  It comes alive every time.

These ‘healthier’ Bhajis are a take on the classic onion Bhaji…but with cauliflower 🍃 …and they’re baked … so less oil …

Moreover…they’re gluten-free… what joy 💚

Bhajis are traditionally deep-fried in ghee,  (and these Bhajis can be fried too) … and baking means you’re bound to lose a little crispiness around the edges …but they’re still delicious.

Hope you enjoy ! 💕

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CAULIFLOWER BHAJI

makes 12-16 small to medium Bhaji

Ingredients:

  • I large cauliflower approx. 1 kg. in weight
  • 0.5 tsp. salt
  • 0.5 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 2 tsps. cumin seeds
  • 2 tsps. coriander seeds
  • 1 – 1.5 tsps. salt
  • 1- 2 tsps. chilli powder ( I like these Bhajis hot 🔥  )
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ginger powder
  • 1 tbs. chia seeds
  • Juice of half lemon
  • 15gms. tomato puree
  • 100ml. water
  • 50gms. buckwheat flour
  • 30gms. chickpea/besan/gram flour
  • 2-3 tbs. of a good hot oil : e.g. rapeseed or grapeseed ..or vegetable ghee

Method:

  • Trim cauliflower of leaves and main stalks.
  • Cut and chop the cauliflower into tiny florets.  Remove all but the tenderest of stalks.
  • Wash thoroughly.
  • Add about 1L water to a deep pan.
  • Add 0.5 tsp. salt, and 0.5 tsp. turmeric to the water.
  • Bring to the boil and then add the cauliflower florets.
  • Boil for 3 mins.
  • Then strain cauliflower and set aside.
  • Peel onion, cut in half, and slice into thin ribbon like pieces.
  • Peel and crush garlic.
  • In a wide pan, on a medium high heat, add 1 tbs. oil.
  • When hot, add sliced onions.  Sauté for 3 mins.
  • Add crushed garlic.  Sauté 1 min. Remove from heat.
  • Place the spices: cumin, coriander, salt, chilli, turmeric and ginger in a grinder/pestle and mortar, and grind together until fine.
  • Grind chia seeds finely, and place in a jug with 100ml. water, juice 1/2 lemon and 15 gms. tomato puree.
  • Stir to combine and then set aside for 10 mins.

Bring everything together:

  • Take a large mixing bowl, and place the onions and the strained cauliflower in the bowl.
  • Mix to combine.
  • Add spices.
  • Mix to combine.
  • Mix buckwheat and gram flour together, and add to the cauliflower.
  • Mix to combine.
  • Add soaked chia seed mix.  Stir thoroughly to combine.
  • The mix should be sticky.  Add up to 20ml. more water only if necessary.

To bake:

  • Preheat oven Gas Mk. 9 /240C
  • Take a non-stick baking tray approx: 36 x 24 cm.
  • Place 2 tbs. oil/ghee and place the tray in the oven to get hot. 10 mins.?
  • Remove the tray from the oven, making sure the hot oil is evenly spread,  and quickly and carefully spoon individual bhaji-sized spoonfuls onto the tray. It doesn’t have to be an exact science, they only need to be roughly the same size.  This mix makes 12-16 bhajis.
  • Return the tray quickly to the oven and bake for 15-20 mins.
  • When the bhajis are golden on the underside, remove the tray from the oven, and turn the Bhajis over.  Bake for a further 15-20mins.
  • Cooking times will vary according to your oven.

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Eat them immediately …and without ado… while wishing you’d made twice as many 💚   …..  or serve  with raita, chutneys, pickles, flatbread or rice.

They’re also great cold …. and can be easily re-heated.

Please enjoy…as they are fab 🌺

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