Friday, 27 June 2014

Party Food - Cauliflower and Leek Bhajis

Cauliflower and Leek Bhajis

The family are gathering ready for the party tomorrow and the shopping cleaning and cooking is being stepped up a pace as I keep looking at my watch and having a little panic.  I've been running around in such a flap I didn't even realise I had my top on inside out all day.

This afternoon I made some Cauliflower and Leek Bhajis ready for tomorrow, I love Indian food and these tick all the boxes for me as they are veggie and gluten free.  I found this recipe in The Guardian under the Susanna Booth food section, they are really easy to make, and they make a change from Onion Bhajis

300g cauliflower
2 med. leeks
1 tbsp olive oil
100g  gram (chickpea) flour
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
pinch of salt
80 ml water
2 tsp mango chutney
2 tsp tomato puree
olive oil for drizzling

Preheat oven to 180c/350f/gas4

Wash and prepare the cauliflower and leeks.  Dice the cauliflower into tiny pieces, cut the leeks lengthwise and then into thin slices.  Fry gently in the oil for 5 mins until just soft.

Put the gram flour, spices and salt in a bowl.  Add the water, chutney and tomato puree and mix to a smooth paste.  Add the fried vegetables and stir until everything is well coated.

Drizzle oil across a baking tray and distribute it evenly across the tray.  Dollop the bhaji mix on the tray 1 tbsp at a time.  Flatten them a little and drizzle more oil over the top.

Bake for 10 - 15 mins until a little brown.  Flip them over and bake for a further 10 - 15 mins until well browned and glistening.

Usually the amount stated above is fine, but for the party I have doubled the amount which made 25. They can be eaten hot or cold.  Serve with your favourite dip, I like raita with mine.

Chickpea xx


  1. Sounds like a great recipe, I'm always looking for different, easy (as I'm no Jamie Oliver) meal ideas and this is one I think the kids would eat as well.

    Always a pleasure popping over Chickpea x

  2. Thanks Julee, I like that they are oven baked so a few less calories! xx

  3. Oven baked sounds a good idea, I guess it would work with onion bhajis too. They look good.

  4. Worth trying with onion bhajis xx

  5. This looks lovely. We love cauliflower and leeks in this house.
    All the best there, Chickpea x

  6. They sound delicious. I'm sure with oven-baking they're quite healthy too.

  7. My kind of food.....will be printing this out!

  8. They sound very tasty. Sounds like you had a wonderful party too!


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