Fried Cauliflower With Tarator Recipe

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The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Fried cauliflower with tarator recipe. Enjoy the Middle Eastern Cuisine and learn how to make Fried cauliflower with tarator.

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To Prep 0:30
To Cook 0:10


Vegetable oil, to deep-fry
1 small cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets


90g (1/3 cup) tahini (see note)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1 pinch ground cumin


Step 1
Fill a deep-fryer or saucepan one-third full with oil and heat over medium heat to 160C (or until a cube of bread turns golden in 20 seconds). Working in 3 batches, gently lower cauliflower into oil and fry for 5 minutes or until golden and just tender. Drain on paper towel and season with salt.

Step 2
Meanwhile, to make tarator, whisk tahini, garlic, lemon juice, ground cumin, 1 tsp salt and 80ml (1/3 cup) cold water in a bowl until combined and smooth. Makes 180ml 3/4 cup).

Step 3
Transfer fried cauliflower to a bowl and serve with tarator to dip.


Serves 4 as a mezze.

Frying cauliflower transforms its flavour, bringing out a very moreish sweet, nutty quality that’s not evident when it’s raw. The lemony taste of the tarator dipping sauce is the perfect balance for the rich fried cauliflower.

MasterChef – February 2011 , Page 70
Recipe by Kamal Mouzawak

Photography by Steve Brown

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