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Recipe Text


Ingredients:

    • Cauliflowers
    • Oil for Deep frying
    • Vepudukaram
    • Salt
    • Turmeric Powder


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    Preparations:

    Take two/ three medium sized cauliflowers and remove the stems. Cut the cauliflower into florets of medium size. Wash them thoroughly and drain them into a slotted bowl. Take these washed cauliflower pieces into a microwave safe bowl and add some water ( around 15 ml). Cover partially and microwave on high power for 5 minutes. Stir once and microwave again on high power for 5 more minutes. After 5 minutes standing time, remove from the oven. You will observe that the cauliflower pieces are 80% done but not fully cooked. Drain them into a slotted bowl to remove excess water.

    Method:

    Heat a pan and add oil to deep fry the cauliflower pieces. When oil is hot add sufficient cauliflower pieces to it and fry on medium heat. Stir continuously for even browning. Fry till the cauliflower pieces get orange color. Drain them on to a newspaper / paper napkin to remove excess oil.

    Take a deep bowl and keep vepudukaram, salt and turmeric powder nearby. Add the cauliflower pieces to the deep bowl and add sufficient turmeric powder, salt and vepudukaram. Toss the cauliflower pieces so that the all the pieces get the spices evenly. Transfer the spice coated cauliflower pieces to a serving bowl.

    Repeat the process of frying cauliflower and coating them with spices. Once all the cauliflower pieces are fried toss all the cauliflower pieces once finally. Serve hot with plain rice.

    Points to Remember:

    Cut cauliflower pieces into even sized (medium) pieces so that while frying they get evenly browned.

    Wash the cauliflower thoroughly. At times we see worms on the flowers, so it is better to dip them once in hot water. Just add water enough (10 to 15 ml) to cook the vegetables, so that they are not fully cooked. When cooked, the vegetables should be soft to touch but hard to mash them. 

    Take care while dropping the cauliflower pieces to the hot oil, as the pieces are wet the oil splutters causing oil burns.

    You may choose the level of frying as per your choice. However I feel that if you deep fry too much there may not be much taste of the vegetable left to relish. Instead a medium fry should be good enough.

    Add the spices and Vepudukaram when the cauliflower pieces are still hot. The salt melts and the spices would stick to the hot and wet cauliflower pieces giving them good color and taste.

    Important Point:

    Take around 100 or 125 ml oil to fry the cauliflower pieces. Add just sufficient pieces per batch to fry. This way almost all the oil will be used up. As it is said that it is not good to reuse fried oil, increase the number of batches to fry using less oil for deep-frying. 

    Do not cover the container containing the cauliflower fry with a lid. Cover  it with a paper napkin only till it is served.

    Here it is not mentioned exactly as to how much cauliflower and spices are used. Use as many cauliflowers as you want and add spices according to your taste—there is no restriction. This cauliflower fry tastes very good, making all your family members relish and ask for more.


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    Our Earlier discussions on the Blog
     
    Jyothi said...

    dear gayatri garu

    i am indebted to you for your graphic website.

    my only request is please do not use printed paper with food material. it is highly poisonous! in bazar we find bajjis etc being packed in printed paper. plz do not encourage it. paper napkins are a better substitute.

    thank you. hearty congrats on your website.it is helping me a lot.

    best regards
    lakshmi jyothi

    June 25, 2009 5:33 PM

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    BloggerGayatri Vantillu said...

    Lakshmi Jyothi Garu,

    Thanks for your observation. In fact you would find me using paper napkins in most of my recipes. Mid-way during the recipe preparation, I found that I ran out of stock of paper napkins and had no other alternative, till I went to the stores in Visakhapatnam. In Vizianagaram its difficult to get the quality of paper napkins I use. Thus you would find newspaper in two three recipes made during that period

    Newsprint contains lead which is harmful for health. Hope my other learned viewers would appreciate the concern shown by you and also take care in avoiding newsprint for food wrapping

    June 25, 2009 7:13 PM

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    Honey said...

    Hello Mrs. Gayathri! I stumbled upon ur wonderful blog when I was searching for a recipe last week.I must say you are doing a wonderful job by contributing to the world of cooking.UR presentation is very user friendly and simple.Keep up your good work..Sudha Kannan

    December 20, 2008 1:33 PM

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    BloggerNCS said...

    Gayatri garu,

    I am impressed by your website. Especiallly, your "points to remember" tips are the highlight.You are infact bringing all the traditional ,authentic telugu foods to people like us, who are far away from home.
    One suggestion, please put up a category of recipes to be done on festivals.it will be a great help to us.
    Secondly, try to use telugu font.It gives more homely feeling.

    I write a blog on varied issues
    http://cheerfulreadiness.blogspot.com


    You are in fact reviving our telugu culture through food.
    may god bless you with more energy to do more.

    Seetha

    December 23, 2008 3:05 AM


    Telugu family said...

    HelLO Gayatri garu
    You work has reached places. Please continue your great work.
    We always remember your passion whenever we prepare recipes from your site.
    Your site popularity is growing in US and worldwide.
    All the best
    Don't worry about some silly comments of some desi talking about some unwarranted comments like news paper usage etc.

    Telugu KUTUmbam, USA

    August 20, 2011 8:57 AM

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