Gobi 65


Cauliflower/Gobi 65 is one yummy dish which is usually a starter or tea time snack, constant order in restaurants for both veg and non-veg lovers.  The recipe shared here was adapted from one of those Chef. Damodaran’s TV shows but modified to suit my style. This is one amazing dish which will have everyone licking their plates clean! … not even joking :)

Cauliflower 65 / Gobi 65 / Deep Fried Cauliflower Pakoras / Cauliflower Pakoda / Restaurant style Gobi 65 / Chef Damodharan recipes  / TV shows /  Restaurant Cauliflower 65


Ingredients – 1
Cauliflower 30 florets
Water 3 cups
Salt 3 pinch
Ginger Garlic paste 1/2 tsp


Ingredients- 2
Red Chili powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 2 tsp
Garam Masala powder 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste 1 tsp
Fennel seeds ( crushed) 1 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Maida / All-purpose 2 Tbsp
Rice Flour 1 tsp
Corn Starch/flour 2 Tbsp
Water 1- 2 tbsp (just to sprinkle)
Orange food color 1 pinch
Curry leaves 10 count -for decoration


Cut cauliflower into small florets. Bring the water from table-1 to a boil with little salt and ginger garlic paste. Add the cauliflower florets and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes to make them soft and firm. (Do not over cook which make them absorb more oil while deep frying)

Drain all the water and let them dry out in a kitchen towel until completely dry.

Now lets marinate the half-cooked cauliflower pieces by combining them with all the ingredients in table-2 except curry leaves.  Crushed fennel seeds is absolutely a must, which adds tons of flavour to the dish, never skip!

Mix everything to coat the cauliflower, sprinkle water little by little just enough to bind.

The consistency of the mixture should be dry or semi-wet as shown. Let it stay for 10 minutes or you can cover and refrigerate until ready to fry.

Meanwhile heat oil in kadai/pan and start deep frying in small batches. Fry for about  2 -3 minutes  or until crispy.

Fry some curry leaves and sprinkle on top to make it colorful.

Serve immediately as a starter or as a side dish for pulav.



Yields- 3 Adults servings (In most cases will not make it to the table as it disappears the moment its fried)


Try to grind the ginger garlic to a coarse paste which adds nice touch and texture to the dish.

Spice level is slightly high in this recipe, so please adjust the red chili powder to your taste.

To add Indo-Chinese touch add 1/2 tsp soy sauce in the place of water. You may also substitute water with lemon juice or little curd.

This dish had to be served immediately as it stays crispy for few minutes. You can also retain its freshness and crispy texture for little extended time by placing them in the oven until ready to serve.

The original version included an egg which actually made the dish more soggy than keeping it crispy so I had to omit.




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