Yes I know we have all heard those words, probably from someone, like a parent, convincing you to try a meal that looks kind of yucky. But trust me this one is better than it initially looks, I am going to revisit it at the weekend so will update you if it looks any better 🙂
So today for your pleasure I made Cauliflower with a spicy sauce. I have seen several recipes and this is sort of combination of them and what I had in the cupboard that sort of matched them.
Music today was Now thats what I call the 80’s on YouTube…
So you will need….
1 tsp Garlic paste or a clove
1 tsp Ginger paste or a 2 cm finger grated
1/2 Chilis flakes or sauce (to taste)
2 tsp Sesame seeds
1/2 cup Self raising flour or plain with a half tsp of baking powder
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 Maple syrup, honey or Agave
Dash of White vinegar
1/2 cup Almond milk or your choice of bland milk
1 tsp Cornflour
This is quite a simple recipe but I did find it a little messy, but that just could be me 😉
Pop the over on 200 degrees to pre heat.
Firstly I cut the cauliflower in to florets and used 6 of them.
Drizzle oil over them and pop them in the oven to start cooking for 5 minutes while you make the batter.
The batter is a very simple mix of the SR flour and the milk, I also seasoned with salt and pepper and a few chili flakes just to get the flavour started.
When the cauliflower has had its first 5 minutes, take out of the oven and coat with the batter, this is the messy bit, I decided that using a fork to stab the cauliflower to move it from the tray to the bowl with the batter in was quite genius, then I used the spoon to cover it with the batter, it sticks quite well as the cauliflower has dried out a little.
When they are all coated pop them back in the oven for another 5 minutes while you start making the sauce.
Simply put the soy, syrup or honey and white vinegar ( you can use white wine vinegar or rice wine) with the garlic, ginger and chili flakes into a saucepan and allow to simmer together, while we tend to the cauliflower.
As you can see it is not looking to pretty at the moment…
Drizzle a little oil over them and pop them back in the oven, while you have a little tidy around and swirl the sauce in the saucepan.
When the batter is starting to crisp turn them over so that the other side can have a turn.
Check the sauce, have a little taste, it will be very hot because of the syrup. If you need more spice add a little if it to salty add a little more sweetness, if the sauce is to thick add a little water, or add a little water to the cornflour if it is runny then swirl it it to thicken it.
It is your sauce, make it yours 🙂
Toast the sesame seeds in a small pan, they do not need oil, just a medium heat for about 3 minutes to colour.
The cauliflower should be ready, it should have gone a little crispy and it is ready to serve.
I halved the florets, covered with the sauce, a sliced spring onion and the seeds… and volia !
Okay it’s not to bad to look at ..
But it tastes a lot nicer!
I hope give it a go, let me know if yours looks more appetising !
Have a wonderful one,