Fried cauliflower with herb dipping sauce

"The sauce is not essential here – a squeeze of lime is fine – but it is fantastically fresh and delicious. Try spooning it over everything from grilled meat to curries and stews." Yotami Ottolenghi

  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes 40 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

1 cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
1 x ½ tsp salt
400-500ml sunflower oil

Batter

50g gram (chick pea) flour
50g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 x ¾ tsp ground ginger
1 x ¾ tsp ground cumin
1 x ¾ tsp ground coriander
1 x ¾ tsp black mustard seeds
1 x ¾ tsp chilli flakes
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp caster sugar
1 x ¾ tsp salt
1 x ½ egg, beaten
180ml sparkling water, chilled

Sauce

40g flat leaf parsley
25g pack coriander
1 x ½ x 25g pack mint
1 tbsp tamarind paste
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 x ½ tsp salt
2 tsp lime juice

Method

1. Blitz all the sauce ingredients, except the lime juice, in a food processor with 2 tbsp water until smooth; set aside.

2. Blanch the cauliflower in boiling salted water for 4 minutes, then drain and refresh under cold running water. Pat dry and sprinkle over the salt.

3. Put all the batter ingredients, apart from the sparkling water, in a bowl. Whisk in the water until the batter is as thick as double cream.

4. Put the oil into a medium pan so it comes 5cm up the sides and heat over a medium-high heat. Dust the cauliflower florets in self-raising flour, shake off any excess, then dip in batter. Fry the cauliflower in batches for 2 - 3 minutes until golden brown, then drain on kitchen paper.

5. Mix the lime juice into the sauce and serve with the warm cauliflower fritters.