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overhead: middle eastern side dish: fried vegetable patties with bowl of mint yogurt sauce for dipping
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5 from 9 votes

Cauliflower Fritters

These zesty cauliflower fritters are a spicy take on a traditional veggie pancakes recipe. Kick them up a notch with added spices and seasonings!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time24 mins
Total Time39 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 408kcal
Author: Kevin


Mint Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried mint
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  • 3 cups cauliflower cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1 cup white onion diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Aleppo chile flakes See Note 1
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 lemon sliced

Serve (option)


  • Stir together all the Mint Yogurt ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to the boil and add the cauliflower. Simmer for 4 minutes. Reserve ¼ cup of cooking water, set aside. Drain into a colander.
  • Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl and slightly mash with potato masher or fork. Keep chunks, do not mash completely. Add the flour, parsley, onion, eggs, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, chile flakes, baking powder salt and black pepper. Add the reserved cooking water and mix thoroughly.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet. When it starts to shimmer add 3 tablespoon of batter to the pan. Working in batches of 4 at a time, fry for 5 minutes, flipping once, until golden brown on both sides. Transfer to a aper towel lined plate or tray. Repeat with remaining batter and serve warm with Yogurt Sauce and lemon slices.



  1. Or substitute ½ teaspoon Aleppo chile flakes with ¼ teaspoon of red chile flakes.
  2. Recipe adapted from the cookbook, Falastin.


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 1305mg | Potassium: 585mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1485IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 5mg