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Cauliflower vadai
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Cauliflower vadai recipe

Learn how to make Cauliflower vadai, a party starter recipe
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Snack, Starter
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 9 Vadas
Author: Jeyashri suresh


  • ½ cup Chana dal
  • 4 Red chili
  • 2 cloves Garlic optional
  • 1 cup Cauliflower florets very finely chopped
  • ½ cup Spring onion chopped, green + white part
  • Salt as needed
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Soak ½ cup of chana dal, 4 red chili for 1-2 hours. Soaking the chillies ensures smooth grinding.
  • Drain water completely.
  • Add to the mixie jar. Add 2 garlic cloves
  • Grind coarsely. Do not add water.
  • Now add in ½ cup finely chopped spring onion. Always add the onion just before making the vadai, else it will ooze out water.
  • You can use normal onion too, but spring onions enhance the flavour.
  • Immerse the cauliflower in salt water for 10 minutes and pat dry it.
  • Finely chop them. Add it to the ground vadai batter.
  • Add salt just before making the vadai.
  • Mix everything well.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Take lemon sized balls and flatten it.
  • Deep fry in medium flame till crispy.
  • You can make mini vadas too. This will be a super hit in parties.
  • Serve hot with chai. This vadai tasted yum with curd rice as well.



  1. Spring onion can be replaced with normal onion.
  2. 2. You can add 1/2 tsp of fennel seeds | sombu while grinding for the cauliflower vadai.