Let’s give Asiya of Chocolate and Chillies a very warm welcome as she shares a delicious Cauliflower fritters recipe. I’ve discovered Asiya’s blog little over a year ago and love the diverse recipes she shares. I’ve been meaning to make her whole wheat pitas for a while now. One day soon. Her photos are gorgeous and always lively. Let’s turn to Asiya and hear a little about her Ramadan meal plans.
Ramadan Mubarak! I hope everyone observing Ramadan has had a wonderful start to this blessed month. Many of us bloggers live far away from each other so when Lail asked me to do a guest post during Ramadan, it sounded like a great way to share our lovely treats during Ramadan. Since we cannot share in the Iftari, might as well do it virtually! I’ve always loved browsing Lail’s blog, especially her photography. Indian food is something I’ve always struggled with photographing. Lail does it with such ease and everything looks delicious!
Today I’m sharing an Iftar recipe. Growing up, Ramadan meant we would be devouring some of the most delicious food our mother made. A lot of our traditional Indian Iftari is deep fried, meaning it is not the healthiest but it is very difficult to resist! I would often overeat and then feel horrible afterwards from eating too much Iftari. Many times I wouldn’t even have room for dinner.
Now that I’m older and hopefully a little wiser, we try to keep Iftari light followed by a regular meal. I feel much better afterwards and our meals are more balanced. Typically, we break our fast with dates, some fruit and a drink. There are times when we want something more substantial so I usually opt for an item that is shallow fried and with some added vegetables. Today I would like to share with you a recipe for Cauliflower Fritters which are just the type of thing I like to make. They are heavy on the vegetables, light on the batter and doesn’t use a lot of oil. I found these fritters were easier to fry when the batter was chilled in the fridge. We enjoyed them on their own, but you could serve them with sour cream, cumin flavored yogurt or ketchup.
Thank you Lail for the opportunity to guest post on your gorgeous blog. May Allah accept our fasts and Ibadat this Ramadan.
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1 egg
- 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed,
- a few grates of lemon zest
- 3 oz of feta cheese
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour (add more as needed)
- ¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp of red chilli flakes (add more if you would like it spicy)
- In a pot of simmering salted water, cook the cauliflower until tender, about 5-6 minutes. Drain well and lay out on paper towels and dry as much as possible.
- In a large bowl, whisk together egg, garlic and lemon zest. Add the cauliflower and mash until it's broken up and the pieces are about the size of a pea. Add the feta and mix.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and red chilli flakes. Sprinkle over the cauliflower and gently mix until combined. If very crumbly and not holding shape, add more flour. Chill in the fridge for about an hour.
- Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add 2-3 tbsp of oil. Drop a couple of tablespoons of batter and press down with the back of a spoon to form a patty. Once browned, flip and cook the other side. Once down, transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.