Oven Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

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Oven Roasted Cauliflower Fries

Cauliflower is our family favourite, so I try to make a variety of Indian cauliflower recipes. Roasted cauliflower was one thing I have wanted to try forever. Ever since I made this cauliflower soup, it has become a regular at our home. So we started buying cauliflower just to make that soup and never got to try the roasted cauliflower.

But finally decided to get to it and searched how to roast cauliflower and OMG! that’s a lot of recipes throughout the net. So went through a couple of oven roasted cauliflower recipes and came up with a version of my own. Unlike the western recipes, I added some Indian spices, flavor to make this South Indian recipe.

Even though we are using the oven to make this, I don’t prefer calling it baked cauliflower because I feel that calling it so doesn’t justify how good the texture of this cauliflower is! Baked cauliflower sounds more like a baked pasta dish with cheese etc.

But if you are looking to make a crispy cauliflower recipe but without deep frying it in oil, then this oven roasted cauliflower is the way to go. The cornstarch, mixed with some oil and the roasted method of cooking does the trick and what you get is crispy cauliflower with a slightly charred effect (which I love!). Trust me when I say this, kids LOVE it! My sons can’t have enough of this!

Roasting the cauliflower considerably reduces the quantity, I mean, even though you use a large cauliflower, cut it into small florets, which will look like a LOT when its raw, but when roasted it shrinks and looks very less in volume and is gone in no time. The kids gobble it like it is French fries. I’m not kidding! So these days I use two large heads to make this recipe.

I would suggest that you first try this recipe with one cauliflower because sometimes it might get soggy if you don’t get the oil/cornstarch combination and baking time right. So first master it with a small cauliflower and then increase the proportions. I have used South Indian spices, but feel free to use herbs and spices of your choice. I also do a combination with tofu to make this roasted cauliflower and tofu curry.

If your kids love this oven roasted cauliflower then I’m pretty sure that they will devour this roasted chickpeas recipe too. Try it out.


Oven Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
20 Mins30 Mins4 Servings
Oven Roasted Cauliflower Recipe
5.0 from 31 reviews
Can’t get your kids to eat enough vegetables? Then this oven roasted cauliflower recipe is your savior! Try it and you will be surprised how quickly it vanishes from the plate.
  • 1 Big Cauliflower (Cut Into Medium Size Florets)
  • 1/4 Cup Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Sambar Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Hing
  • As Per Taste Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornflour
  1. Cut the cauliflower into medium size florets and clean it by soaking in a mixture of warm water and salt.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all the other ingredients and whisk it.
  3. Now add the cauliflower florets little by little and toss it well to coat thoroughly with the mixture.
  4. Spread it evenly on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Preheat the oven at 425F for 15 minutes.
  6. Roast the cauliflower for 25 minutes, tossing it once around 15 minutes.
  7. To get a crispy texture, turn the oven switch to broil mode for 3-5 minutes, again tossing once in the middle. While doing this make sure that you keep the oven door open and keep your kids out of the kitchen.
My Notes:
  1. Using the same procedure you can experiment with different flavors like garam masala, curry powder or use a variety of herbs.
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  1. Helen K

    Seriously, few ingredients are not in my pantry or stores, not common place in my area and I do realize the recipe is from India. I wish for other more common ingredients which would be close to these. Such as: Sambar Powder, Turmeric Powder, Hing, Cornflour

    • Madhuram

      This is an Indian recipe Helen and so I have used Indian ingredients. Throughout the internet I have seen a lot of western roasted cauliflower recipes and wanted to make an Indian version of it and hence my recipe. Sambar powder is a flavorful South Indian spice, something like Cajun seasoning etc. So you can use that or any other similar spice. Cornflour is cornstarch.

  2. Jess

    You mention cornstarch in your description of the recipe, but list corn flour in the ingredients; which did you use as these two products are two completely different things?

    • Madhuram

      It’s corn starch Jess. In India we use the term interchangeably. Sorry for the confusion.

  3. Udaya sree

    Can one prepare the same in 250 c temperature oven

    • Madhuram

      425F is 220 C.

  4. Paulette Ellis

    Great recipes and so easy to make

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Paulette.

  5. Leila

    I love easy and quick recipes.

    • Madhuram

      Me too πŸ™‚

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  7. Jayasree

    Great creative recipe!! Can u plz let me know if there is any water that needs to be going into the batter? Or just oil?

    • Madhuram

      Just oil, no water.

  8. Deepti

    What can we substitute the corn flour with?

    • Madhuram

      Rice flour

  9. virender

    It’s a nice recipe. I like it.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Virender.

  10. Revathi Narasimhan

    Hi Madhu. great cooking ideas tempt me back to kitchen.Thanks for the cauliflower crispies. Love it.

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much Revathi ma.

  11. Neela

    Hi I want to try this but I don’t know what is Hing can you elaborate more thanks

  12. Jan

    What is Sambar Powder and Hing?
    And, where would I find it?

    • Madhuram

      Sambar powder is a South Indian flavoring like curry powder which is a North Indian flavoring. It’s a mixture of cumin, black pepper, red chilies, turmeric and dal. Hing is also a spice used for flavoring and digestion. It’s derived from a bark of a tree. Both are available in Indian grocery stores. You could used curry powder or garam masala or Italian seasoning mix too.

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  14. Hansa Vaya

    Hey Madhu,
    I have coked the cauliflower recipe many times. My family loves this recipe. It turns out quite crispy and tasty.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the feedback Hansa.

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  16. Vikki

    what is sambar powder, hing, and corn flour and where can i purchase these in the Westchester, NY area? Thank you.

    • Madhuram

      All these ingredients are available in Indian grocery stores. If not you can use regular cayenne/paprika, garlic/onion powder, salt or one of the various varieties of seasoning available from Mrs.Dash.

  17. VK

    Hi Madhuram, I tried the oven roasted cauliflower today and it was
    great!! I altered it a little by tossing it in a seasoning of
    mustard seeds and urad dhall at the end and i also added curry leaves and
    baked it along with the cauliflower. I t was nice and crispy.Thanx for the lovely recipe.

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome VK.

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  19. vvv

    Wthether we can try this with besan flour instead of corn flour?

    • Madhuram

      Yes you could.

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  21. viji

    Can i use the same recipe to roast broccoli ?
    let me know.

    Viji, I have not tried roasting broccoli, but feel that the time would be even less. I googled for roasted garlic and most recipes specify 20-25 minutes at 425F/220C.

  22. MALAR

    Dear Madhu,
    I tried this recipe. used bajji flour instead of corn flour n added in some steamed potato cubes, onion slices and some diced garlic. mine tasted like aloo gobi n hubby dearest who usually shuns second helpings of veggies asked for seconds. thanks for ur easy n quick ideas.

    That’s an interesting variation to the recipe Malar. I would love to try it your way. Thanks for letting me know.

  23. Gita

    Hi Madhu
    First time commenting on your site . Your site looks awesome and so are your pictures.

    I tried this for the last 2 parties and it was a super hit. Thanks much for a wonderful and easy recipe.


    You’re welcome Gita.

  24. renu

    Dear Madhu,
    I made this for Thanksgiving party and must say it came out damn good. Everyone really enjoyed and I got tons of compliments. Thanks,

    Renu, thanks for trying the recipe. It’s great to know that everybody liked it.

  25. Vidduiyer

    Dear Madhu,

    My husband made this for me today since ive had Manchurain craving for sometime now… we’ve always deep fried it but this came out really really well…. the best part is i felt like a Queen.. cos m expecting now and my husband is givin to my Cravings !!! thnx thnx !!

    Hi Viddu, thank you so much for the feedback. Congratulations and take good care of yourself.

  26. Hayley

    I love roasting cauliflower and broccoli. The crunch is so amazing. Thanks for sharing this version, I love all the spice!

    I’ve always wanted to try roasting broccoli too. Should try it one of these days.

  27. RedChillies

    Madhuram, I made this today and we loved it. I did not use sambhar powder though. I must have used a bit too much oil as it turned soft and not crispy. The next time I will keep that in mind. But thanks for the wonderful recipe.

    Thanks RC. About a tablespoonful of oil should be fine.

  28. Prasanna

    Hi Madhuram,
    I like your eggless recipes. I had actually made Gobi Manchurian by baking before, one of my own Brilliant ideas πŸ˜‰ , hated deep fry. Always made Wet Manchurian since it was never crunchy. I’ll try broiling as you suggest, then I can even try dry manchurian!

  29. Shobana

    Hey Madhu..,healthy way of having cauliflower. I am gonna try this out today.

  30. Vidya

    I prepared cauliflower yesterday with just chilli powder and salt and while preparing it i was thinking how it would taste with sambar powder. Yours looks so yum…i guess i can try it without any hesitation πŸ™‚

  31. Priya

    Mann this look super duper delicious. Mouth watering, especially now that I am expecting πŸ˜‰
    That should explain why posting rate of recipes have slowed down a little.

  32. Bharti

    That look so yummy! I always end up making aloo gobhi. Wil be giving this a try the next time I get cauliflower.

  33. DivyA Vikram

    I rarely make cauliflower fry..Roasting in oven sounds a healthier option..

  34. Roma

    hey! Nice and really new method of making cauliflower. The roasted flavor must be so different than the one we are used to having. Good one, Madhu.

  35. Madhuram

    Meera, welcome to my blog. After cooking this way, I really don’t want to cook cauliflower on stove top anymore.

    Sangeeth, thank you. I’ll give you the link.

    Anjali, I can bet that it will be a favorite in your house. It’s more like gobi 65 without all the deep frying.
    I’m glad that you liked the rasam. I’ll pass it on to my mother.

    Nupur, the roasted cauliflower salad sounds interesting too.

    Vanamala, Trupthi, Nithu, Mansi, Cham, Vidhya, Miguel thanks a lot.

    Sweatha welcome to my blog. I’m glad that you tried the zucchini koottu too.

    Spillay, definitely try it. You are gonna love it.

    Vani, Nidhi, Aparna, Arundathi, Swati, Uma, Hima thank you very much. Rasam powder can also be added instead of sambar powder.

    Cynthia, yes try it and let me know if you liked it. These days I’m not cooking cauliflower on stove top. You can also add Rasam powder.

  36. Cynthia

    I have definitely got to try this.

  37. Uma

    delicious roasted cauliflower. Looks great. πŸ™‚

  38. Hima

    Yummy…. one word to describe the beauty of the dish….

  39. Swati: Sugarcraft India

    AAh..this is yummy.. I love cauliflower.. !!

  40. arundathi

    that looks amazing. what a great idea with the sambar powder! thanks!

  41. Aparna

    This looks crisp and inviting. I liked the sambhar powder touch.:)

  42. nidhi

    Roasted cauliflower looks very yummy…the pic is very inviting!

  43. Vani

    Crispy & delicious with sambar powder! Love the fact that it’s baked too!

  44. SPillay

    Sounds good!! Will try it soon πŸ˜›

  45. Sweatha

    Will definitely try it.The Simple Zucchini is a hit in my home

  46. Miguel

    You ROCK!!!! Love it!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

  47. Cham

    Roasting desi version sounds like a healthy eating πŸ˜› May be i got to try it!

  48. Mansi

    I often make this when I’m tired of the gujju-style of cauliflower:) loved your south indian take on it Madhu!:)

  49. Trupti

    cauliflower looks very delicious Madhu

  50. Nithu

    Cauliflower looks so goos and inviting.

  51. vanamala

    Hey nice appetizer

  52. Nupur

    To know that your mother likes the cauliflower soup- that just made my day!
    The roasted cauliflower looks lovely. I so agree with you- it can be made in a hundred different delicious ways. Sometimes I toss roasted cauliflower with olives and capers, cooked pasta and cheese for a light supper.

  53. Anjali Damerla

    This is great, Madhu.
    In my house, cauliflower is the least favorite. But I think that opinion might change with this recipe of yours πŸ™‚
    I will definitely try this.
    BTW, your tomato rasam recipe ( with tomato paste) is like the all time hit in my house. Thanks.

  54. sangeeth

    This is cool! would luv to try this…btw u asked me to add the eggless cookie recipe in your site…i donno where to add…can u help me?

  55. Meera

    The cauliflower looks crispy and so scrumptious! I found a new way to cook my cauliflower..thanks! πŸ™‚