Crispy Cauliflower Pakoras
with Red Lentil Dal & Cilantro Chutney
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- 1 onion
- 1 oz fresh ginger
- 3 garlic cloves
- 6 oz broccoli florets
- 4 oz cauliflower florets
- 2 mini sweet peppers
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 1 tsp turbinado sugar
- ½ cup red lentils
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 5.5 oz coconut milk
- ¾ cup garbanzo bean flour
- 1 tsp garam masala
- ¼ cup cilantro chutney
- 1 tbsp + ½ cup vegetable oil*
- *Not included
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Peel and dice the onion. Peel and mince the garlic and ginger. Chop broccoli florets and cauliflower florets into bite-size pieces. Thinly slice the mini sweet peppers. Add vinegar, sugar, and a pinch of salt to a medium bowl and whisk until sugar dissolves. Add sliced mini sweet peppers and toss to combine.
Rinse and sort the lentils. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add diced onion, just half the minced garlic, minced ginger, and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion softens, 3 to 4 minutes. TIP: To “sort” means to look for and discard any naturally occurring debris or stones.
Add curry powder to the small saucepan with the aromatics, stir, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add lentils, coconut milk, and ¾ cup water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until lentils are tender and liquid is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes.
Add remaining minced garlic, garbanzo bean flour, garam masala, ½ cup cold water, and ¼ tsp salt to a large bowl and whisk the pakora batter.
Add chopped broccoli florets and chopped cauliflower florets to the pakora batter and toss to coat. Heat ½ cup vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, gently place coated vegetables in the skillet. Cook until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer crispy pakoras to a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with salt. TIP: Work in batches to avoid overcrowding.
Divide the red lentil dal between bowls and top with crispy cauliflower pakoras and pickled mini sweet peppers. Drizzle with cilantro chutney. Bon appétit!