Brenda Gantt

Cauliflower, often underestimated in its culinary potential, takes center stage in this delightful recipe for Crispy Cumin Cauliflower Bites. With a savory and crispy coating infused with the earthy warmth of cumin, these cauliflower florets are transformed into a mouthwatering snack or side dish. This recipe is not only quick to prepare but also a flavorful way to enjoy the goodness of cauliflower. Follow these simple steps to create a satisfying dish that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves 4



Before we embark on this culinary adventure, let’s gather all the ingredients needed for these Crispy Cumin Cauliflower Bites:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin (for blanching)
  • 1/4 cup of milk (or as needed)
  • 2 cups of vegetable oil (or as needed, for frying)



Let’s dive into the cooking process and create these Crispy Cumin Cauliflower Bites:

  1. Blanch the Cauliflower: Begin by bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add two teaspoons of ground cumin to the boiling water. Carefully add the cauliflower florets and blanch them for about 2 minutes. This step will soften the cauliflower slightly.
  2. Prepare the Coating Mixture: In a blender or food processor, combine the tomato paste, salt, all-purpose flour, egg, two teaspoons of ground cumin, and the garlic cloves. Blend until you achieve a smooth mixture. If the mixture is too thick, gradually add milk until it reaches a smooth, pancake batter-like consistency.
  3. Coat the Cauliflower: Heat the vegetable oil in a deep skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F (175°C). Take each blanched cauliflower floret and dip it into the prepared coating mixture, ensuring it’s well coated.
  4. Fry Until Golden: Carefully place the coated cauliflower florets into the hot oil. Fry them for approximately 8 minutes or until they turn a beautiful golden brown. Ensure that the florets are evenly spaced to allow for even frying.
  5. Drain and Serve: Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove the crispy cauliflower bites from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  6. Serve Warm: These Crispy Cumin Cauliflower Bites are best enjoyed while they’re still warm and irresistibly crispy. They make a fantastic appetizer, side dish, or even a tasty snack.


In just a few simple steps, you’ve created a mouthwatering dish that celebrates the humble cauliflower like never before. The combination of blanching and frying results in perfectly tender and crispy cauliflower bites. The addition of ground cumin and the flavorful coating mixture elevates the overall taste, adding depth and richness to each bite.

Whether you’re serving these Crispy Cumin Cauliflower Bites as an appetizer at your next gathering or enjoying them as a satisfying snack, they are sure to impress with their crunch and flavor. So, gather your ingredients, get that oil sizzling, and embark on a culinary journey that celebrates cauliflower in all its crispy, cumin-infused glory. Enjoy every bite!

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