GOBHI KE PAKODE / गोभी के पकोड़े (Beer Battered Cauliflower Fritters)


The only time of the year that one gets to enjoy anything fried here is either monsoon or the winter season. Rest of the time the humidity and heat keeps our appetites sluggish, with fried foods being the last think on our minds. Therefore without letting go off this opportunity, we make the most (read indulge) of this short winter spell by indulging in all things fried or luxurious and rich; you will see more of such post through the January, I promise. The weather here inspired me to indulge in some crispy savoury indulgence and what better than fritters. I had never tried using beer for making the batter for fritters and this time around I had a bottle of beer sitting pretty in the fridge. Since hubby and I don’t drink (but we keep stuff for friends), the only way I knew it could be put to use was using it for fritters batter. I thought to give a try, just to see how the texture of these fritters would differ from the regular batter. And I am pleasantly surprised how the beer batter makes these fritters light and crunchy. You can use this batter for fish, prawns, squid or any other vegetable of your choice. It works well even with paneer.

200 grams Cauliflower

½ C Chick Pea Flour/ Gram flour (Besan)

½ C Rice Flour + extra for rolling

¾ tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp + ½ tsp Salt

½ tsp Red Chili flakes

½ tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Amchur (dry mango powder)

2 Fresh Green Chili (ground to paste)

¾ tsp Ginger paste

1 tsp Garlic paste

2 tbsp finely chopped Mint leaves


Chilled Beer (you can swap chilled beer with sparkling water i.e. popularly known as drinking soda here)

Oil for deep frying

Grind to paste, ginger, garlic, green chilies and cilantro. Keep aside.

Cut the cauliflower in florets (not too big in size). Slice the large florets in two or four. Keep aside.

Boil sufficient water, add 1 teaspoon of salt and then plunge the sliced cauliflower in it. Let it cook in water for half a minute. This is to get rid of any tiny worms that may be hidden in the crevices and nooks of the cauliflower. (You can apply this method of treating cauliflower each time you intend to make a dish with cauliflower). Switch off the heat and discard the water. Transfer the florets in icy cold water and once they are cool, discard the water and place the florets on a kitchen towel or an absorbent sheet. Gently pat them dry. Take some rice flour in a bowl and very gently roll the florets in it. Dust off any extra flour and keep the florets aside.

Whisk together chick pea flour, rice flour, baking powder, salt, red chili flakes, amchur. Add the ginger & garlic paste along with chopped mint and start adding gradually the beer, whisking all the while till you have pancake like consistency (not too runny or thick; should be able to coat the florets)

Start dipping the florets in this glorious batter and drain any extra batter before you dunk the florets in hot oil (not smoky). Do not over crowd the fryer with the florets else they will lower the oil temperature and take more time to fry leading to soggy greasy fritters. Reduce the temperature to medium or medium so the florets are cooked well even on the inside.

Once the fritters are golden brown, transfer them on an absorbent sheet. Serve hot with lemom wedges, Chaat Masala & Tomato Sauce/ ketchup and Green Chutney.

Note: If you do not have dry mango powder (amchur), sprinkle the fritters with some Chaat Masala before serving.

Serves – Donno…just gorge on them!!!


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23 thoughts on “GOBHI KE PAKODE / गोभी के पकोड़े (Beer Battered Cauliflower Fritters)

  1. I have made beer battered fish but cauliflower pakode with beer hmm as usual I can see ur innovative side Taruna.With baking powder and beer I am sure those babies must have puffed up like balloons.Looks beautiful and crunchy.

  2. Wow!!! Yummmy !!! my mouth is watery while i write this, am definitely gonna try this. only you can come up with such fantastic ideas… Hats off to you !!

  3. I understand what you mean about frying only in the colder months. It’s not humid here but it’s hot in the summer and standing over a fryer is no fun. Being a lover of fritters, I have to say that I adore these fritters of yours! Great spice and the perfect fritter.

  4. Love fried foods. But I’m with you – they’re cold weather fare. Except maybe for fried clams in the summer — that someone else fries! And beer for me, please. 😉 Fun post — thanks.

  5. Oh this is to die for Taruna 🙂 Looks soo YUM. Never tried beer batter before. I am so wanting to make too. such amazing pics and styling.

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