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30 Minute Air Fried Cauliflower Fritter Stir Fry | Easy Vegetarian Recipe

Delicious & healthy air-fried cauliflower fritter stir fry…

This is a popular Indo-Chinese appetizer. Instead of deep-frying, I’ve air-fried the cauliflower fritters & then stir-fried with sauces. Will be ready in less than 30 minutes, tastes delicious & is a perfect vegetarian appetizer, or can be served with rice or noodles.

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30 Minute Air Fried Cauliflower Fritter Stir Fry | Easy Vegetarian Recipe
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 5 people
  • Cauliflower- 1 medium-sized, separated into florets
For making the batter
  • All purpose flour- 1 cup
  • Garlic powder- 1 tsp
  • Paprika- 1 tsp
  • Ground black pepper- ¼ to ½ tsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Water- 1 cup
For stir frying
  • Sesame oil- 2 tbsp
  • Ginger- garlic, chopped- 1 tbsp
  • Green onions, chopped- 2 tbsp
  • Onion, diced- 1
  • Green pepper, diced- 1
  • Cauliflower fritters
  • Hoisin sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium- 2 tbsp
  • Dark soy sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- ¼ cup
  • Sesame seeds, roasted- 1 tbsp
  1. I've taken medium-sized cauliflower.
  2. Dip the whole cauliflower in warm water for 10 minutes, this way any tiny bugs will be released into the water.
  3. Drain the water, rinse the cauliflower well.
  4. Separate the florets. Pat dry them.
  5. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for making the batter.
  6. Using a fork, combine well. Make into a slightly thick batter.
  7. I've used Instant Pot duo crisp + air fryer. Any kind of air fryer can be used.
  8. Place the stainless steel pot in the main pot, keep the air fryer basket into the stainless steel pot. Place the broil tray in the air fryer basket.
  9. Line the broil tray with parchment paper, don't skip this step.
  10. Dip the cauliflower florets in the batter, shake off any excess batter & place it on the parchment paper.
  11. Don't crowd the florets, leave some space between the florets.
  12. Close the Instant Pot with the air fryer lid.
  13. Select Air fry, temperature 400 F, time 20 minutes. Click Start.
  14. After 20 minutes of air frying, open the lid.
  15. Wear a mitten, gently take the parchment paper out of the tray.
  16. Let cool down for 5 minutes.
  17. The fritters will be stuck to each other, gently separate the cauliflower fritters.
  18. Place a wide pan over medium heat.
  19. Add sesame oil, let turn hot.
  20. Add ginger-garlic, saute for a few seconds.
  21. Add green onion, saute for a minute.
  22. Add onion, saute till translucent.
  23. Add green pepper, stir fry for 2 minutes.
  24. Add the cauliflower fritters, stir fry for 2 minutes.
  25. Add hoisin, soy & dark soy sauces, combine well.
  26. Stir fry over high heat for 2 minutes.
  27. Add cilantro & sesame seeds, combine well.
  28. Transfer to a platter & enjoy as an appetizer or with rice or noodles.



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