Chilli Gobi / Cauliflower

Hi. Hope things are great with you. As I've mentioned in the previous post, I am in Kerala now, enjoying my vacation. Usually when we are here, we will be busy traveling, shopping etc etc. However this time we've decided to take a break from the usual holiday stuff and decided to be at home for a change :) The climate is also good, its raining at times and I love it :) Being at home had one more advantage. I was able to watch Ria's cookery show on TV and dear it was simply great!!

Now its time to share something with you. My interview came in a Bahrain Lifestyle magazine called “Woman this month” :). The magazine people wanted to interview a woman who is passionate about something. What should I say…I just happened to be at the right place at the right time :) I've flaunted it already in the orkut and facebook ;) and after posting it here I will stop or at least try to reduce the flaunting ;). That's a first time experience for me and I am all excited, so its ok to showoff right ;)?? Also all this happened because of this small space called MariasMenu and this space is here because of you, so a big THANK YOU :)

Thanks to Simi & Sarina for the interview :) So this is the interview (click on the image to read the interview) :

Ok, time to go to the recipe. Btw, this is not from my drafts. This recipe comes straight from my mom in law's kitchen. I know there are umpteen number of chilli gobi recipes and I thought I will share with you our version too :) Hope you'll like it.


Here is the recipe:

Boil cauliflower florets in salted water for 3-5 minutes and drain the water completely…

Make a thick batter with the marination ingredients (ingredients listed from plain flour-water)…

Dip the cauliflower florets in the batter & shallow fry it till the florets become golden brown. Keep it aside…

In the same oil, add chopped ginger & garlic, capsicum & onion. Cook till the onion becomes soft…

Add all the sauces, pepper powder, vinegar, sugar and salt. Mix well…

Add the fried cauliflower & combine well. Make sure that the florets are well coated with the sauces…

Garnish with spring onion, serve hot…

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Chilli Gobi / Cauliflower

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Course: Appetiser, Finger Food, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Cuisine: Indian, Indo Chinese
Servings: 3 -4
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 2 cups Cauliflower florets

For Marination

  • 3 tbsp Plain flour
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper powder
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Water

For the sauce

  • 1 big Onion (chopped)
  • 1 small Capsicum (cubed)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger (chopped)
  • 1.5 tbsp Garlic (sliced)
  • 1 - 1.5 tbsp Soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tomato sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp Red chilly sauce
  • 1 tsp Pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt
  • Oil


  • Boil cauliflower florets in salted water for 3-5 minutes and drain the water completely.
  • Make a thick batter with the marination ingredients (ingredients listed from plain flour-water).
  • Dip the cauliflower florets in the batter & shallow fry it till the florets become golden brown. Keep it aside.
  • In the same oil add ginger & garlic, green chilly, capsicum & onion. Cook till the onion becomes soft. Add all the sauces, pepper powder, vinegar, sugar and salt. Mix well. Add the fried cauliflower & combine well. Make sure that the florets are well coated with the sauces. Garnish with spring onion, serve hot.


You can use red chilly paste instead of red chilly sauce. To make red chilly paste, add 1 tsp of vinegar to 2 tsp Kashmiri chilly powder. Please note that if you are using red chilly paste, don't add vinegar separately.
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110 thoughts on “Chilli Gobi / Cauliflower”

  1. I just made this and it was so good. I’d like to make it for a large crowd. Do you think frozen cauliflower would work for this to cut down time? Also, would I boil first or just let it thaw?

    • Hi Jen,

      Thank you so much :) I havent used frozen cauliflower, so I’m not very sure about it. I think, you can thaw it and use it. Hope it works out well.


  2. Made this for dinner tonight and we loved it! It’s rare to get so lucky with trying a recipe on the Internet. We’ll definitely be making this again.

  3. Hi Maria,
    Thanks a lot for this recipe. my husband liked this very much and asked me to make it again when any guest comes. I am sooooooooo happy!!!

  4. the chilli gobi and chilli paneer reciepies seem pretty easy to do.. and my boyfriend likes them both.. thinking of making it as a surprise for him .. just tat finding paneer in germany is not so easy.. Is there any other form of cheese that can be used to make chilli paneer? thank you… 

    • Hi Dhivya,

      Thank you! hhmm I havent tried using any substitute for paneer so far. Google tells me you can use frim ricotta cheese or cottage cheese instead of paneer. May be you can try with a small qty n see if it works.


  5. Hi Maria!

    Chilly Gobi recipe ugran thanne! :) My mom simply loved it! Thank you so much for making the recipe so simple yet tasty! :)


  6. i tried the chilli gobi this evening…it has turned out absolutely awesome.!!!!!!!!!!!!! cant thank u enuf for the recipe. thank u….will now try the fish recipes too!!! will post pic of the chilli gobi tomorrow.

  7. Hi Maria,
    Appreciate and thank u so much for those wonderful helps me a lot..keep going and wish u life’s best..Shameela

    • Thanks a lot Shameela :) It’s a pleasure to know that the site helps you a lot.

      Wish you too the very best in life and happy cooking :)


  8. hi maria , i am ure fan big fan. i love ur blog so much. i have tried few of ur recipes and i visit ur blog just to see the pics ure posting. i dont know how i missed this post but glad i saw it today( too late i kno :P) . i have to say this, ure very beautiful so beautiful. :)

  9. Hi Maria,
    My kids like Chilly gobi… but what do you mean by tomato sauce… is it tomato pureed/tomato paste/tomato ketchup. i thought I would clarify it, before I make. Please reply..
    Also, i am hosting a party next week (non malyalees). can you please guide me as what recipes of ours (veg), would they like, as I have heard they don’t prefer much coconut. can I make chilly gobi one day ahead… will it maintain its freshness or crispness?

    Keep up your good work.. looking for more recipes…. 

    • Hi Sreeja,

      I’m sorry dear for the delayed rep. Since I was away on holiday, I didnt get to reply mails on time :(

      You can use tomato ketchup in place of tomato sauce. Is your party over? If not, you can try some paneer recipes which I’ve posted, also check out the dal makhni recipe.

      Chilli Gobi always tastes nice on the day its made.

      Once again sorry for the delayed reply kettooo…


  10. Hi Maria!! I a drop dead fan of your blog and recipes!! You actually are a savior in terms of cooking stuff… I work with IT sector and the times are usually screwed up… and that kind of screws up my cooking (time constraints!!).. but then we recently shifted to have chapati as our staple diet (owe it to the weight increase and less exercises :( :( ) and by day 3 I had got tired of making mota curry and cabbage thoran… Then i chanced upon your blog  and this was the first dish i got to serve to my hubby… and bang on that smile on his face said that it was reaally yummilicious… THank you so much for that!! And keep blogging!!


    • Hi Sophy,

      Thank you! I can very well understand the difficulty in maintaining a healthy life style in today’s scenario. I admire you for taking time to cook at home in spite of your busy work schedule. Great going! keep it up :)

      Hope you get to try other recipes too and like them. Happy cooking :)


  11. hi Maria,

    It came out very well for me. It was bit more spicy for my kids. Next time I am going to adjust it. I was struggling all these years for a successful recipe

    Thank you so much………love u.

  12. Hi Savitha,

    You are welcome dear! I’m really happy to see your comment. I’m specially thrilled to hear about your son’s comment :)

    Thank you!


  13. Hi Maria,

    Thanks for the recipe…I have tasted different types of chilli gobies but this was really good..I liked this and my son said ” wow mom you could make such a delicious chilli gobi ” thanks maria :)

  14. Hi,
    I was just looking for something that I can use to fill my pita bread,besides the same old falafel, then I stumbled across your recipe. Looks very good.

  15. Hello Maria
           I made chilli gobi using this recipe…really delicious …wonderful…now enjoying that ..:-)..thanks a ton !!!!

  16. Hi maria,

    Im Beena T and just happened to come across your blog (a new visitor). When reading all the feedbacks i was so inspired to get started with my pots and pans. I went through your chilli gobi receipe and found that im out of corn flour, can i prepare this receipe without the corn flour, does it make any difference to the taste. I too love cooking but not all my dishes turn to be a hit.

    Hope to hear from you real soon.

    • Hi Beena,

      Welcome to MariasMenu! 

      Cornflour gives a crispiness to the cauliflower while frying, hence its better if you make it with cornflour. I do hope you get to try recipes from here & like it too.

      Happy cooking :)


  17. Dear Maria,

            I made ur mixed fried rice and ur chilli gobi yesterday.wanted to send a picture of them together,but couldn’t as they got gobbled up by my family :) thank you…

  18. Hi Maria,

    I tried this recipe and it came out very well…. My husband liked it a lot… Thank u Maria… 


  19. Hi Maria,

    Congrats…u r a celebrity now…I know Im late in wishing you..
    I just tried this recipe and came out really good. Im writing to you straight from my kitchen table to thank you for this yummy recipe..
    Instead of vinegar, i used lemon juice and it came out really well..
    Waiting for my hubby to get back from work and get his feedback,..

    • Hi Ramya,

      Thanks a lot dear for the wishes & also for the comment. Good to know that you liked it. Thank you for sending the pic also, it looks great :)


  20. hi maria,

    i tried this twice and i think i could have it everyday…for the first time,i actually loved eating what i cooked…great and easy recipe!

  21. Hello Maria,

    My husband likes cauliflower only in the fried form so inorder to make him eat Cauliflower i tried this recipe and it came out really well..I forgot to add sugar :) but still loved the hotness of the recipe .

    Thanks for your time
    Keep cookin n posting n inspiring


    • Hi Rose,

      Thanks a lot for trying this recipe from here. I’m so glad that it came out well for you. This is my MIL’s recipe, will pass on the compliments to her :)

      Please do try other recipes too when time permits…


  22. Hi Maria,

    Your site’s superb! I am really thankfull to you. My husband’s working in singapore. It’s been only three months since we got married. When we came in to singapore, I have to cook evrything since no one is here to help me. First it is was like a nightmare for me! I even thought to go back to home..then i found out your site. First I tried this chilly wont believe the first trial itself it became ok..!Now I am a daily visitor of your site and I do love cooking now. I like the way you give instructions and tips. Now i am really confident in preparing dishes for onam because you are there to to help me na : )..

    • Hi Chithra,

      First of all, congrats and wish you both a happy & blessed married life!!

      Your comment made my day :) Thank you for such sweet & kind words. It means a lot to me.

      You remind me of the time when I was newly married & clueless about cooking :)

      I’m sure you will be able to prepare a wonderful onasadya. Happy onam in advance!


  23. Maria

    i did not write a comment on how this turned out…

    adipoli ayirunnu…at home all loved it…kurachu spicy ayirunnu so kids didnt eat much…next time will adjust accordingly…

    Thanks for puttin up the pic…


    • Hi Sujitha,

      Thanks again for the comment and for the pic too :) comment kittilelum, pic kittiyappo I assumed u liked it ;)


  24. Hey,

    Your site’s pretty awesome. And I especially love how you find the time to respond to each and every comment. It shows tremendous dedication and such grace.

    Anyway, I’m going to attempt your chilly gopi recipe today and will definitely let you know how it turned out. Keep up the brilliant work.


    • Hi Anu,

      Welcome to MariasMenu :)

      Thanks a lot dear for writing to me. Btw, did you try out this recipe? Hope you liked it.

      Take care..


  25. haiee maria
    first time in here n ur chilli gobi looks really great!!
    ur site is jus superb n perfect for a cooking newbie lik me :):):)

    • Hi Anu,

      Welcome to MariasMenu!

      Hope you’ll like the recipes here. Please do try it and let me know your comments.

      Happy cooking :)


  26. I made ur Cilli Gobi,just too good.I am just inspired by you and the way you have created the blog.I am at home not working at the moment,s a bit bored, I love cooking and want to do something from home as well.If you have any ideas let me know.

    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks a lot dear for your sweet & encouraging words :).

      If you are interested in baking you can bake made to order cakes & sell, or may be you can do catering for your friends in a small scale…hope something exciting comes your way :)


  27. I’m a regular visitor of your blog. All your recipes are gr8. Congrats of being voted as the “Woman of the month”

  28. hi maria,

    i would like to get some recipes for kids as my kid is1 and half years old.mostly some evening snacks and all.


  29. Good for you maria.I haven’t heard abt the magazine that you mentioned. Is it a new one?

    How did you come to know abt it, i meant in terms of applying for getting interviwed ?

    I would love to send recommendations for some of my favourite bloggers to get interviwed for the same.

    • Hi Sita

      Thank you…

      Are you based in Bahrain? Because that’s a Bahrain based magazine. I was contacted by one of their reporter’s for the interview.


  30. Hi Maria,

    I’ve been a constant visitor to your website and have admired the way you have maintained the passion to keep going by adding new recipies. Congratulations for being featured as the “Women of the month”. You deserve it. Keep going and do share all the good things you experiment in your kitchen :)

  31. hi marias tried your family liked it .i was happy thanks to u.but….your gopi chilli picture looks so bright and wet.but mine was dull.i prepared with cauliflower.any reason?oh iforgot i was short of cornflour so i added rice flour.mind if i no the reason?

    • Hi Jameela

      Thank you for trying out the recipe and am very glad to hear that your family enjoyed it.

      The cornflour usually adds a glaze to the curry, I think that’s why you missed the shining part. Please do try it with cornflour next time. Hope it comes out bright n colorful :)


  32. hello,
    I tried ur chilly gobi yesterday. It was very nice.Thank u .One more thing my hus liked ur lemon pickle very much.

    • Hi Sindhu

      Thanks a lot for letting me know about it :) I will convey the compliments to my mom in law because, both chilli gobi and lemon pickle are her recipes :)


  33. Tinakutty, thank you :)

    Ria dear – thanks dear and hope you’ve seen it by now :)

    HC – thank you :)

    Ann – thank you dear, btw am a tiny star :)

    Rashmi – thanks da, autograph njan alle chodikkande from the gifted singer :)

    Ann – thanks dear, btw its really sad that you are off from blogging. Hope you will give it a try again dear, will miss your space :(

    Priya – thank you for the compliments, I like specially liked the “thin” part :)

    Mathew – ya it def looks like a good time for bloggers :)

    Thanks Neetha. I guess most of the chefs here are trained outside or most of the chefs here are foreigners ;) (btw, this is my assumption, it can be wrong)

    Priya – thank you :)

    Jasmine – thanks a lot dear for your encouraging words :)

    Thanks Sudeshna :)

    Hey Ancy – nice to hear from you and thank you :) Now am back in Bahrain, waiting for your call. Hope you’ve my number, otherwise pls mail me your number, I will call u.

    Shabs dear – thanks da, ya I was very much excited and hey congrats for your interview :)

    Sindhu – thank you for your sweet words dear. The foto in the interview is my recent snap and the other was taken a few ago, soon after my wedding :)

    Rosy, thank you :) hope to see you here again..

    Reena – thanks again :)

    Susan – thanks for dropping and trying out the recipes. Am really happy that you liked the recipes posted here. Thanks again for your wishes :)

  34. Hey Maria,

    WONDERFUL blog with very good recipes!! I have been reading your blog since a couple of months and has been really very helpful to me..I tried most of your recipes and all turned out great !!
    I appreciate your great work and wishing u the very best !!

    Thanks a lot .

  35. Congrats, Maria !!!! i started reading ur blog yesterday…. and found it quite interesting… and today saw the interview article…. way to go, maria……

  36. congrats! Very happy for you. U look very different in this photo. In ur older photo u look like a slim and pretty housewife. This one looks like a college going girl. Is this ur recent photo? Then next time share ur secret as well. Hope u having a nice vacation.

  37. Goodness Maria……congrats….u totally deserve it….I know how happy u wud have been….I too have been in a magaznie (snihitha) and was on top of world…It is in the september edition….Ini njan poyi aa fotoyum interviewum onnu nokkatte…Well, u look pretty….:)
    Pinney the cauli looks good, i still remember how much i loved ur chilli prawns ….god…its yummy yummy yummy!

  38. Congrats Maria…
    Hope you are having a fun vacation.
    I have been meaning to call you up for a long time…will as soon as you are back…ya right! have i told you ‘madi’ is my middle name ;)
    Anyway take care

  39. Congratulations!!! Hope you get more popularity as a great cook!

    Was really surprised to read that there are no cooking courses in Baharin! How do they train their chefs in that case?

  40. kuddos on the article…….very very nice…………….you looks so much like a thinner version of rachel ray

    • hey…this seems to be season of good fortune for food bloggers..just saw the videos from riascollection..and now your interview…congrats!!!

      glad to know that i know two famous food bloggers now!!;-)

  41. Oh,thats a great news to hear Maria..You deserve more.I love tour passion for cooking.its worth visiting here always dear..(hey i am off from blogging..but cant miss u

    Congrats dear..!!

  42. Mariaaaaa congratulations.!!!! I am so happy for you. You can flaunt all you want dear…. cos you totoally derserve it… Oru autography tharaan marakanda ;)
    Glad to know your enjoying your holidays …

  43. (the former Zaara) – Congrats on the article! My oh My – you blogging ladies are becoming superstars – but you deserve it!

  44. Maria!! Congratulations once again :)

    And a big big THANK YOU! for that mention :) Btw, I still haven’t seen my show!! :( Waiting for Jobin to send me the tape :)

    Chilli gobi looks very very crisp and delicious! Hope you are having a great time!


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