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:
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
PIN FOR LATER
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
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.