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Monday 30 April 2012

Sluttishly Vegetarian: Cauliflower Poppers

I have to confess: I could count the number of times I've had my five-a-day on the fingers of one hand. Why don't potatoes count? Why does fruit juice only count as one portion, even if you drink a litre? Hnng.

So, I welcome anything I can do to boost my fruit and veg count. When I heard people on Twitter talking about cauliflower poppers, I had to investigate. Turns out they're not only delicious and low-carb, they're incredibly easy to make. I'm not someone who regularly munches on vegetables - you won't catch me dipping celery into hummous, not when pitta bread exists, thank you - but these are now my healthy snack of choice.

I've added Indian spices, but you could mix in whatever you like to give them a kick.

Cauliflower poppers (serves 2)

You will need:
  • 1 cauliflower head
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garam masala
  • Cayenne pepper
Make it!
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Wash the cauliflower head and break into florets. Pop them into a large bowl and add enough olive oil to coat them. Sprinkle on the salt and pepper, and add garam masala and cayenne pepper to taste. Mix well with your hands.
  3. Spread the florets on the baking tray and roast for an hour, turning twice. They might not need the full hour, but they're done when brown and crispy.
Eat with salsa or ketchup when your body really wants crisps but your brain has over-ruled it. In your FACE, body!


  1. Sara, I don't even LIKE cauliflower and I want to make these. Stop making us more healthy.

  2. Siany, I don't like it either but I ate them ALL. What's happening?

  3. I made these and loved them, except for one tiny problem. The house smelled like cauliflower for days. Even adding more spice didn't overpower the long-cooked veg stink. *sadface*

  4. Oooh, I just acquired some killer garam masala mix. My hubby complains that cauliflower is too bland. He is about to get schooled!

  5. The only problem is one-hour roasting : think of the price!

  6. Gemma: I KNOW. I had to open all the windows. How can it taste so good and smell so bad?

    Kevon: have you schooled him hard yet? Hope he's a convert!

    Anonymous: cook them at the same time as something else and it's not so bad. Mine were crispy enough after 40 minutes.


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