Battered Cauliflower

  • On a recent trip to my favourite restaurant – Healds Hall in Liversedge – I had a starter of battered cauliflower with fried chillies.
  • It was delicious and I decided to try out the battered cauliflower part.
  • I looked up recipes for various batters and found a myriad of recipes. 
  • Recipes use plain flour, potato flour, cornflour or rice flour or a mixture.
  • Most recipes used sparking spring water or soda water.
  • Some recipes used ice (not tried this).
  • Some recipes used beer (not tried this).
  • Some recipes used whole egg or egg white (I tried this).
  • I tried out 3 variations and they all worked well.
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  • Here are a few tips for whichever recipe you use.
  • Cut the cauliflower into small pieces.
  • Dry the cauliflower if necessary.
  • Sprinkle flour over the cauliflower before dipping in the the batter – this helps it to stick.
  • Liquid must be as cold as possible.
  • Mix the batter quickly – lumps are okay.
  • Batter should be quite thin.
  • Use the mixed batter straight away.
  • The oil for frying must be HOT.
  • Do not put too many pieces in to cook at one time.
  • Remove the cooked battered cauliflower with tongs or a slotted spoon.
  • Leave on a wire rack for a few minutes.
  • But do not leave the cooked cauliflower resting for long.
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  • You can serve these as they are or with a variety of toppings.
  • You can adapt this for other vegetables.

Batter Version 1 – quickest & easiest

Ingredients – 1

  • 100g plain flour & extra for dusting the cauliflower.
  • 200ml very cold sparkling water (or soda water)
  • Salt & pepper
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  • Sunflower oil to fry.

Method – 1

  • Heat the oil till it is hot for frying.
  • Flour the cut cauliflower pieces.
  • Add salt & pepper to the 100g of flour.
  • Quickly mix in the water checking for thickness – you might not need it all.
  • Dip in the cauliflower.
  • Fry the battered cauliflower until lightly golden.
  • Remove pieces and place on a wire rack.

Batter Version 2

Ingredients – 2

  • 70g plain flour & extra for dusting the cauliflower.
  • 30g potato or corn flour**
  • 200ml very cold sparkling water (or soda water)
  • Salt & pepper
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  • Sunflower oil to fry.
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  • ** proportions can be different – 50:50 or 30:70

Method – 2

  • Heat the oil till it is hot for frying.
  • Flour the cut cauliflower pieces.
  • Mix the 2 flours together.
  • Add salt & pepper to the flours.
  • Quickly mix in the water checking for thickness – you might not need it all.
  • Dip in the cauliflower.
  • Fry the battered cauliflower until lightly golden.
  • Remove pieces and place on a wire rack.

Batter Version 3

Ingredients – 3

  • 100g plain flour & extra for dusting the cauliflower.
  • ½ beaten egg white
  • 100ml very cold sparkling water (or soda water)
  • Salt & pepper
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  • Sunflower oil to fry

Method – 3

  • Heat the oil till it is hot for frying.
  • Flour the cut cauliflower pieces.
  • Add salt & pepper to the flour.
  • Mix in the egg white.
  • Quickly mix in the water checking for thickness – you might not need it all.
  • Dip in the cauliflower.
  • Fry the battered cauliflower until lightly golden.
  • Remove pieces and place on a wire rack.