Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cauliflower Varuval~Deep Fried Cauliflower Fritters

Bajo and Phodi are an inevitable part of a festival lunch menu in our households.Baje/bajo are made using vegetables dipped in a spicy batter made with chickpea flour,red chilly powder,hing and salt and then deep fried.Generally vegetables like cauliflower,capsicum,potatoes,sweet potato,raw banana and the likes are used while phodis are generally smeared with red chilly powder and salt and shallow fried on a tawa.

I have always made only similar kinds of fries with cauliflower,so when I saw a different recipe for the same on Prabha's blog,I was intrigued.More so,the name sounded so interesting.Varuval's are mostly non-vegetarian,at least those that I have come across.So decided to try this one out.

Cauliflower Varuval


Cauliflower - 1/2 of a medium one - about 2 cups of florets,cleaned and wiped dry
Oil to deep fry
Curry leaves to garnish

For the Marinade
Curd - 2 tbsp
Cornflour - 1/2 cup
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste


Mix together the ingredients listed under marinade,it should be of thick consistency.Mix in the cauliflower florets and toss well.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes-1 hour.
Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying and drop the cauliflower florets about 4-5 at a time.Cook until the florets turn brown and crispy.
Drain to an absorbent paper towel.
Garnish with fried curry leaves.

  • Make sure the batter is not watery.Add water while mixing only if necessary,if the batter is thin the cauliflower will become oily after deep frying.
  • Add only 4-5 florets at a time,crowding the florets will cause it to stick and not cook well.
Blog-hop Wednesdays is an event started by Radhika,wherein we are assigned a blog every alternate Wednesday and we are supposed to cook from that blog and blog about it.What a great way to get to know each others blogs and bring variety to the dining table!


  1. I'm simply drooling. My hand just itches to grab one floret and pop right into my mouth. Well made.

  2. Woww.. looks spicy and delicious.. thanks for the recipe dear.. love it :)
    Indian Cuisine

  3. Crispy fritters looks prefect to enjoy for snacks with a cup of tea..

  4. I love the tangy taste in this,nice recipe,yummy it looks!

  5. These fritters look so delicious ,thnks for he recipe

  6. Cauliflower fritters looks so yumm. Crisp and loved the colour.

  7. marinated florets varuval has my attention- looks yum !

  8. Had this for lunch and here u r with ur yummy fritters

  9. delicious looking cauliflower fritters

  10. delicious looking cauliflower...

  11. delicious fritters... Goes well with tea..

  12. It's tea time here and I'm craving for your fritters!

  13. Amazing dish dear. Never tried this version of fritters. They look amazingly delicious.

  14. Looms gorgeous. I loved those crisp curry leaves as well

  15. The dish is just mouth watering Divya ...

  16. Great appetizer, it will be a fab crowd pleaser too. Nice color on the cauliflower divya.

  17. I tried making this yesterday and it turned out very tasty. I added rice flour and little besan instead of corn flour, since i ran out of it.A very different fritter indeed. Thanks for the recipe Divya. I like your blog.

  18. YUmm... looks gorgeous....never tried out till now....this adds on to my bookmarks:-)

  19. divya I tried this recipe and have packed it for todays's lunch
    tasted awesome.
    I just garnished it with fried onion and curry leaves.
    tasted yumm
    thank you


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