Chilli Gobhi | Cauliflower Chilli

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Last week, Azza was insisting that I tell her a story to put her off to sleep. I was terribly tired and had absolutely no energy to speak. My mind was totally focused on sleeping, but she wouldn’t listen. Despite begging and pleading and threatening, she still wanted to hear a story. Finally, I started, “Once upon a time, there was an ummi (that’s what my kids call me). She would wake up at five in the morning. She would finish her prayers, warm milk for her two naughty girls, and then pack their lunch boxes. She would then wake them up….” I continued describing how my routine is in the form of a story. As soon as she heard it, she was continuously giggling and finally when I reached the part “where the ummi comes back from office and has to make dinner…” she said, “Eni ummi urangikko…” (Now ummi sleep…). She continued her giggling for sometime before she dozed off to sleep. I can’t believe my girls are growing up so fast… Azza will turn 5 in the next couple of months and she will grow off her toddler age… I guess all mothers just do not want to see their munchkins grow out of their good ages, alas time is like that, we all tend to grow, right? πŸ™‚


Today’s recipe is a cauliflower special, a dish that B loves. The only reason I buy cauliflower is because of him. Rasha would frown and say, “Ummi, enikku cauliflower eshtalla, maamanu vendittenthina undakunne?” (Ummi, I don’t like cauliflower, why do you want to make it for uncle?) Actually speaking if I look at what the kids like, then I would end up making only chicken every day! Hehe… I love having this one as a side to pulaos as well as naans… Or you don’t even need a side for this, it can be had as it is as well! πŸ™‚ Off to the recipe…


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Chilli Cauliflower

Course Vegeterian
Cuisine Indo Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 500 gm cauliflower florets separated and cleaned
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 2 small onions minced
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 inch pc ginger chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 3 tbsp chilli sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Spring onions greens for garnishing
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper powder
  • A pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Combine all the ingredients under "for batter" into a thick paste. Coat the cauliflower florets well with the paste. Deep fry them in batches and set aside.
  • In the same oil (take as required), saute the onion, ginger, garlic and parsely for couple of minutes.
  • Add in the chilli sauce and tomato paste and cook till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add in 1/2 cup of water and allow to boil.
  • Now add in the fried cauliflower and mix well to coat.
  • Cook on simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle in the pepper and salt and mix well. Switch off.
  • Serve warm, garnished with spring onions!

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  1. babitha costa says:

    Nice curry to go with any rice or flat breads

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Babitha…

  2. Hugs Azza! Loved every bit of this post and I was explaining to V. She giggled! I trust she understood what I told.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sowmya… Sounds so cute…

  3. I can have any thing in Chinese, yummy cauliflower

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nusrath…

  4. Enjoy the moments with the kids Raf. Once they grow and they do quite fast, its a different thing. This dish – an every classic we all want from time to time.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nava…

  5. Chilli cauliflower looks so deeeelicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anu…

  6. I bought cauliflower yesterday and was thinking which recipe to use!! πŸ™‚ Love to make this Rafeeda after seeing this.. πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Seena… πŸ™‚

  7. Oh yes kids are growing much too fast! This dish looks so good! Delicious and flavorful!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Beulah…

  8. I’m not a huge cauliflower fan, but actually this recipe sounds extremely tempting!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Habiba…

  9. Yumm I live this. Yes I agree the times fly by so fast

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nammi…

  10. Niloufer Riyaz says:

    I will devour it just like that…. looks yummm

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Niloufer…

  11. The first cauliflowers of the season are being sold now. Would love to try your recipe. The deep frying in batter makes such a difference. Yum!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      The deep frying actually makes it once a time treat. Thank you so much Kanak…

  12. mouthwatering one!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Julie…

  13. Delicious chilli cauliflower

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  14. Really kids are growing up very fast .Lovely recipe raf ,i m bit worried about deep frying.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sathya… In fact, due to the deep frying, I make this just like once a year, or when B craves for it..

  15. So tempting chilly cauliflower…… delicious too… πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  16. Loved the adorable story – your daughter sounds so sweet, masha Allah. May Allah make them both the coolness of your eyes – ameen. Plus the cauliflower chilli sounds amazing. We always end up throwing ours into veggie pakoras. Will definitely be pinning your recipe. Take care x

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Alhamdulillah… πŸ™‚ Aameen to your dua too… Thanks a lot for coming by..

  17. He hee true if u were to see what kids really like and cook only that then u will end up with some chips and chicken πŸ™‚
    Cauliflower looks yumm.. ready any day.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      So true, Meena… πŸ™‚ Thank you so much dear…

  18. delicious preparation, my hubby loves his cauliflower machurian.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mayuri…

  19. Nice story Rafee.. I couldn’t stop giggling ….

    Chilli cauliflower looks awesome… I could have it as is rather than as a side

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa…

  20. I must confess that I get a bit boring with cauliflower, can’t always think of very creative things to do with it. I love this Indo-Chinese version, it sounds so flavour packed but healthy. I have featured your delicious recipe on my weekly round up of my favourite blogger recipes here:

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much for putting this recipe in your list… Really appreciated… πŸ™‚

  21. Yes dear kids grow so fast from their cute innocent talks …hehe and cooking on their ishtam we will end up only with chicken fries….love to have this chilly cauliflower with rotis πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruxana… πŸ™‚

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