Curried cauliflower bites
Healthier party snacks
Fresh cauliflower, tikka masala paste and breadcrumbs are the key ingredients of this recipe. Curried cauliflower bites are delicious oven-baked vegetarian party snacks. Serve them with tikka masala & yogurt dip to increase their wonderful curry flavour.
Perfect party food or a tasty snack – these bites are easy to make for whatever the occasion.
These snacks are healthier than their store-bought equivalent that are often deep-fried. My curried bites are made from fresh cauliflower and are oven-baked rather than fried.
Indian-style vegetarian snacks
Store-bought tikka masala paste adds a huge amount of flavour to the bites and to the dip. To increase the flavour even more you can leave the cauliflower to marinate in the tikka masala mixture overnight before baking it.
The curried cauliflower mix is baked, blitzed in a food processor, formed into balls and coated with breadcrumbs before being oven-cooked. The tikka masala & yogurt dip is simply made by mixing curry paste, yogurt and lemon juice together.
A vegetarian recipe that can also be adapted for vegans. To make the bites vegan-friendly swap the Greek style plain yogurt for vegan plain yogurt and make sure the tikka masala paste you buy is also vegan.
You should make curried cauliflower bites because they are:
- Zesty, spicy cauliflower balls that taste great.
- Healthier: these bites are baked not deep-fried.
- Budget-friendly: fresh cauliflower is often inexpensive to buy.
Curried cauliflower bites’ main ingredients:
- Tikka masala paste
- Greek style plain yogurt
Tips for busy cooks
I use fresh cauliflower for this recipe but you can use frozen cauliflower florets if you prefer.
Breadcrumbs made from fresh wholemeal bread are used to coat the bites – if you only have store-bought breadcrumbs these would be okay to use instead.
- Vegetarian party food: tasty cauliflower bites with a curry-flavoured dip.
- Savoury snack: these bites and dip are great to eat with a drink before dinner.
A great alternative to ‘chips ‘n’ dips’
Instead of serving ‘chips ‘n’ dips’ at your next party why not make curried cauliflower bites and tikka masala & yogurt dip instead? These vegetarian snacks are full of flavour and would be the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine or a beer.
Did you eat these bites with the tikka masala dip or on their own?
Let me know by leaving a comment and a recipe rating below – I’d love to hear from you.
Do you need more ideas for vegetarian party food? Try this recipe next: green bean pastry twists
Curried cauliflower bites
- 400 g cauliflower cut into small florets
- 2 tbsp tikka masala paste reserve 1 tsp for dip
- 6 tbsp Greek style plain yogurt reserve 4 tbsp for dip
- 4 tsp lemon juice reserve 1 tsp for dip
- 1 small red chilli deseeded & chopped
- 40 g almonds chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 60 g breadcrumbs
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- Fresh coriander leaves
Preheat oven to 200°C fan. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.
In a large bowl mix cauliflower, tikka masala paste (reserving 1 tsp for dip), 2 tbsp yogurt, 3 tsp lemon juice, red chilli, almonds, salt and pepper.
Once combined, transfer curried cauliflower mixture to lined baking tray and spread mix out so it cooks evenly. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Tip the cooled cauliflower mixture into a food processor and blitz until it forms a chunky paste. Transfer to a bowl.
Put breadcrumbs in small bowl. Line baking tray with new piece of greaseproof paper.
With wet hands shape the cauliflower mixture into twelve balls (these should be about golf-ball size) and put them on a plate. Wash and dry your hands before the next step.
Coat each of the cauliflower bites with breadcrumbs and place on the baking tray. Drizzle with oil and bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven.
Tikka masala & yogurt dip: in a small bowl, mix together 1 tsp tikka masala paste, 4 tbsp yogurt, 1 tsp lemon juice, salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
To serve: eat the curried cauliflower bites hot or cold with tikka masala & yogurt dip.
Vegan-friendly option - substitute the Greek style yogurt with vegan plain yogurt and make sure the tikka masala paste is vegan.