July 8, 2019

Baked Tandoori Gobhi | Gluten Free Appetisers

Tandoori gobi starter is a much loved dish at home and we make it often , more so during the monsoons / brief winter weeks that’s in our city. Baking and not deep frying makes it even more appealing and guilt free. Today, as we explore monsoon/friendly snacks via the 203rd week #RimJhimBarse @FoodieMondayBloghop (suggested by Preethi), this is a dish that would be a hit at your potlucks.

I have served this with Dahiwali Hari Chutney - a  no-cook 5 min easy-peasy dip (recipe here) - and the baked treat simply flew off the plate in no time. You could also bake in an air fryer or deep fry if you wish. 

Similar baked savoury appetisers on the blog:

Baked Tandoori Malai Broccoli
Baked Gobi Manchurian
Idli Manchurian
Baked Cornflakes Chivda
Baked Falafels
Cajun Spiced Cheesy Aubergine Pizza
Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes
Baked Tandoori Veg Platter
Baked Shammi Kebabs
Baked Gobi Musallam

Let’s see how to make this -

GF baked tandoori gobhi (Baked GF Cauliflower appetiser, Indian style) - Can be vegan too ! 

Prep time - 15 Mins, marination time - 30-60 Mins, bake time - 18~22 mins per batch 

What you need:

Cauliflower -1 large / 400-500 grams - cut into medium sized florets 
Oil - 5 tsp + 2 tsp for basting 


Marination :
Hung yoghurt - 200 grams (use cashew curd for a vegan version)
Salt - to taste 
Besan / chickpea flour - 3 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp (optional, i didn’t use)
Red chilli powder, chaat masala , tandoori masala, black salt - to taste
Coriander powder - 1 tsp 
Crushed kasuri methi - 1 tsp 
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp

How to:
Blanch the florets in turmeric-tinted salt water till tender. Drain completely and wipe the florets gently with a kitchen towel or tissues of all excess water. 
In a bowl, whisk yoghurt well with salt and all the spices for the marination plus half the oil. Add the blanched florets and gently mix so the marination is covered on all florets. Cover tight and keep aside for 30-60 mins (refrigeration works best) . Without adding salt, you may marinate overnight too. 
Preheat the oven to 190C. Line a baking tray with foil / parchment / silpat. Brush the remaining oil gently over the florets. Now place the individual florets without overlapping and bake for 18-21 mins, basting them and overturning them mid-way till they are crisp. Repeat for another batch if your tray is smaller. 
Serve immediately / warm with green chutney or dahi wala chutney. 


  1. I love appetisers made using Gobi, so I'm sure I'll like this. It's so awesome that you have baked these instead of frying them. :)

  2. I love everything savoury baked. And this baked gobhi looks super tempting. I would love to try it after reaching home.

  3. Baked starters are guilt free treats and this gobi be looks super inviting !

  4. Tandoori gobi looks absolutely yummy and inviting��. Loved that it is baked, looks crispy and perfect for this weather ��️

  5. Baked Tandoori gobi looks scrumptious and can be eaten guilt free. Such a lovely snack to treat everyone in this rainy season.

  6. Loved this guilt free crispy tandoori gobhi I will love to sprinkle some Chaat masala and enjoy with chai!!

  7. Love these tandoori touch to the gobi, ANd that too gluten free appetizers surely liked by all without any guilt !

  8. A super delicious starter or even to snack on. I love baked tandoori cauliflower. Makes eating cauliflower more enjoyable.


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