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Fried Cauliflower with Coconut and Almonds

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Stir fried cauliflower

This is the way to cook cauliflower! My new fried cauliflower recipe is so good.



I love fried cauliflower. When I was a kid, the vegetable  used to send me running. I brought my kids up on it so they have always liked what could be referred to as a rather boring vegetable.

This recipe fried cauliflower recipe is anything but boring. There is so much going on.

From the tempered spices to the crunchy coconut flakes and almonds, you are in for a treat with lots of different textures and flavours.

It is important to cut the florets quite small so that they cook quickly when stir fried. If you’re looking for a nice side dish to enjoy with your next curry or you want a main course vegetarian dish, this one ticks all the boxes.

Making stir fried cauliflower

The tempered spices in the oil add a great flavour.

Stir fried Indian restaurant style cauliflower

I usually toast the almond slivers first as they take longer to cook than the coconut.

Make this recipe your own…

Great Indian food like this fried cauliflower should be tasted as you cook. That’s what cooking is all about.

Adjust the spices and flavours as you see fit. Want more chillies? Go for it. Fewer? That’s fine too. 

By tasting as you go, you will be able to ensure the end dish is perfect for your taste preferences. 

Making fried cauliflower

Watch the coconut carefully. It can burn quickly. You just want to toast it.

Indian stir fried cauliflower.

Throw in the cauliflower and you’re almost finished. It only takes minutes to cook.


If you like the look of this fried cauliflower recipe, you might like to try some of these too. 

Broccoli Curry
Spicy Garlic Broccoli
Garlic and Mustard Roast Broccoli
Vegetable Bhaji

Yield: 4 - 6

Quick Fried Cauliflower With Coconut & Almonds

Quick Fried Cauliflower With Coconut & Almonds
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 10 fresh or frozen curry leaves
  • 2 onions - finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies - finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic - cut into thin slivers
  • 1 large handful slivered almonds
  • 1 large handful coconut flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 head of cauliflower - cut into small florets
  • Season with salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala


  1. Heat the oil over high heat in a large frying pan.
  2. When visibly hot, add the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds begin to pop, lower the heat to medium and stir in the cumins seeds and curry leaves.
  3. Temper all these spices in the hot oil for about 30 seconds and then toss in the chopped onions.
  4. Fry for about five minutes until soft and translucent and then stir in the green chillies and garlic.
  5. Fry for a another minute or so and then add the slivered almonds. Toast them in the hot oil for a couple of minutes and then add the coconut flakes. Toast these with the almond flakes for another couple of minutes.
  6. Stir in the turmeric and add the cauliflower and fry for about three minutes. Then add about 100ml of water and cook, covered for about three minutes.
  7. Remove the lid and continue moving the cauliflower around in the pan until cooked through but it still has a bit of bite to it.
  8. Season with salt to taste and sprinkle with the garam masala to serve.

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