I made cauliflower pakoras the other week and to my delight they were gobbled up with glee by my son who ordinarily refuses any cauliflower dish. I don't count them as hiding vegetables because if you bite into one, you can see the white cauliflower floret. Just out of interest and to test whether my son had come around to cauliflower, I made a cauliflower cheese this week. My son did not like it!
So, I will be making the pakoras again and in case you want to try them, I am sharing the recipe from River Cottage Veg Every Day! by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall:
- 1 medium cauliflower - cut into small florets, discarding nearly all the stalk.
- Sunflower oil for frying
- 150g gram flour (chickpea flour)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsps ground cumin
- 2 tsps ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- A good shake of cayenne pepper
Add the cauliflower florets, turning them in the batter to coat thoroughly.
Heat about 1cm depth of oil in a heavy-based pan over a medium-high heat. Place spoonfuls of the battered cauliflower in the pan, not crowding the pan.
Cook for about 2 mins until crisp and golden on the base and then turn over for another minute or two.
Drain the pakoras on kitchen paper and serve.
Hugh accompanies the recipe with a tamarind raita, which sounds lovely but I skipped it. We ate these as they were but I might dip them in natural yoghurt too.
***What vegetable victories have you had with your children, where you have found a way to cook a disliked vegetable in a way your child enjoys it?