Cauliflower Wings

Bite size cauliflower wings are sweet, sticky and finger licking good !!

Cauliflower Wings

Happy Mother’s Day to the most special person in my life. MY MOM!!!! And not to forget the rest of the wonderful mother’s out there. On this day I had to come up with something inspired by Mom. It’s a tall order considering the fact that she is the reason I love cooking in the first place. But I did make an effort with these delectably tasty “CAULIFLOWER WINGS”. They are sweet, spicy, tangy… AHH Forget the descriptions!!! Just try these wings Y’ALL and let me know.

Every mother in this world has the unenviable task of making food tasty for her kids. By that I mean getting kids to eat all the veggies. (CHUCKLES!!!) In my case it was no different. Pretty much once or twice a week I came home expecting her to cook me something new and tasty. It must not have been easy for her but she rose to the challenge admirably. I must say all MOM’s are the best chefs in the world.

Now as she has gotten up there in age it is time for her to focus on a diet, which suits her the best. Which means tasty but more importantly healthy food. At the same time I consider myself to be on the other side of the table so to speak. I should be coming up with recipes, which she can enjoy. This past weekend she was telling me all the fun she had at a family function and one of the things she mentioned was all the kids gobbling up the chicken wings.

That got me thinking about making a healthier version of these wings. I was just about to go to the store to buy chicken when my wife yelled “HOW ABOUT CAULIFLOWER WINGS”??? I thought “WOW it saves me a trip to the store. Just Kidding. My first thought it was a simply awesome idea.

The wings always have a partner in crime i.e. WING SAUCE. This is a pretty basic sauce so simply whisk all the ingredients for the sauce and keep aside.

Cauliflower Wings

Next comes the star of the dish, “CAULIFLOWER”. Cut the cauliflower in bite size florets.

In a bowl combine gram flour, rice flour, red chili powder, dry mango powder and salt. Add water and whisk thoroughly to make a smooth batter. The batter should not be very thick. Heat oil in a pan. Working in batches, dip each cauliflower florets in the batter to get an even coating. Shake off the excess batter and fry until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper. Deep-frying is the one thing in the recipe that my mom won’t like. But I had to do it since it is my guilty pleasure. SORRY MOM!!!

Cauliflower Wings

Toss the florets in wing sauce.

Cauliflower Wings

Enjoy immediately. For me its time to see what my mom thinks of my recipe. WISH ME LUCK GUYS!!!

Cauliflower Wings

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Cauliflower Wings
Bite size cauliflower wings are sweet, sticky and finger licking good !!
  • 1 Small Cauliflower
  • 1 cup Gram Flour/Besan
  • 1 tbsp Rice Flour
  • ½ tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1½ tsp Dry mango Powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • Water as needed
  • Oil for frying
Wing Sauce
  • 1 cup Tomato Ketchup
  • 5 tsp White Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 3½ tbsp Tamarind Water
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Paste
  • 1½ tbsp. Sugar
  • ¾ cup Water
  1. In a bowl whisk all the ingredients for wing sauce and keep aside.
  1. Cut the cauliflower in bite size florets.
  2. In a bowl combine gram flour, rice flour, red chili powder, dry mango powder and salt.
  3. Add water and whisk thoroughly to make a smooth batter. The batter should not be very thick.
  4. Working in batches, dip each cauliflower florets in the batter to get an even coating. Shake off the excess batter and deep-fry until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper.
  5. Toss the florets in wing sauce. Enjoy immediately
Red chili paste – Soak 6 dry red chili in water for 3 to 4 hour. Retain the water. Blend the chilies to make a fine paste. Use the retained water if required for blending. OR You can use green chillies or Sriracha as per your taste
Tamarind water – Soak 5 tamarind pods in water for 4 hours. Mash with a spoon, strain and discard the solid. OR use tamarind paste


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  1. Antonet Roajer says:

    Wow!! Looks new and interesting. Gonna try this for weekend gathering.

  2. Sarah says:

    Who needs fried chicken when you can have fried cauliflower wings?! These look so good – they’re making me hungry!

  3. theoldfatguy says:

    What a brilliant and healthy idea. Incredibly innovative.

  4. definitely finger lickin good, I can tell from the pictures! 🙂

  5. Rahul – what a fantastic idea these veggie wings are! Your wife is a genius to suggest making “wings” with cauliflower! So – what did your mom think of these?
    By the way, so sweet how you are thinking of your moms dietary needs now and cooking for her. Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend.

    • Rahul says:

      Hey Shashi my wife says a big thank you for your compliments. As for my mom then she is off vacationing in Europe for about 2 weeks. So I havent had the chance to show her this recipe.. 🙂

  6. Rupal says:

    Interesting version of cauliflower love ur recipe…

  7. Lily says:

    What a delicious vegetarian alternative to chicken bites. Very clever and thanks for sharing.

  8. Yet another reason for me to love cauliflower! These look absolutely addictive. 🙂

  9. Happy Mother’s day to your Mom, Rahul. I love cauliflower wings and this one here looks absolutely droolicious. Love the addition of tamarind to sauce. YUM.

    • Rahul says:

      Its a little late for me to say this Anu. But wish your mom a Happy Mother’s Day too. As for the wings then I absolutely love the flavor tamarind gives a particular sauce or even a chutney.

  10. I feel like this recipe is a Mother’s Day gift to moms everywhere, giving them a sneaky way to make their kids eat veggies! 😉 They look delish. I could totally go for a plate of them.

  11. Cauliflower wings? Brilliant idea! Really. Good. Stuff. And something new! Thanks so much.

  12. I never had wings before I was a vegetarian, but now I’m craving some – just like these! I love cauliflower – and drenched in this sauce – oh my! Must try these soon 🙂

  13. Mairéad says:

    What a great idea for a less guilty version of wings. Perfect with a blue cheese dip too.

    • Rahul says:

      Now that is a perfect way to describe the wings Mairead. If someone complains about eating too much you can just say that you are eating your veggies..

  14. Happy Mother’s Day to your lovely mom, Rahul. 🙂 Also, WOW. Just wow on these cauliflower wings. They looks so perfect and delicious! 🙂

  15. Liz says:

    This healthier version of “wings” sounds perfect to me!!

  16. What a genius idea, Rahul! I would totally have polished off my veggies if they were served up in wing form! I love wings, so I’m thinking these cauliflower “wings” need to show up in my kitchen soon. We’re on a serious veggie kick this week, too. Yum!!

    • Rahul says:

      Totally agree david.. Just replace the cauliflower with something broccolli and suddenly you have kids impatient to eat it.. 🙂 Now that would be something.. RIGHT!!!!

  17. Oh my these look delicious!! I could eat all those and not care about sharing any! heeheehee. Loving your hot sauce too and can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂

  18. smitha says:

    Oh this is mouth watering. Crisp fried cauliflowers coated in that thick yummy sauce is a big wow. Loved the way you have presented it Rahul. Absolute scrumptious. Your mom will love this for sure.

  19. Absolutely mouthwatering! I seriously wouldn’t miss the meat here at all.

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