This month our Asian Home Cook demonstrates how to cook a vegan dish with oriental flavours.

Everyone knows by now I cannot live without my air fryer. In fact, I personally just got an upgrade – a slightly bigger version – and it is these sorts of things in life that make my heart sing with joy.

Call me silly but I really believe the air fryer is an ingenious piece of machinery that can cook just about anything. What I love the most besides how convenient it is, is how much healthier it is to prepare food. Imagine instead of deep frying, you are cooking the same dish with little or any oil. It is also a great tool for a vegan diet.

One of my favourite things to do in the air fryer is cauliflower. There are a great many ways to season air-fried cauliflower but the curried version is definitely one I favour. Perfect for a starter or even as an accompanying dish on a plate, it is quick, yummy, and nutritious. I hope you will absolutely love this curried cauliflower which features an accompanying yoghurt dip.

INGREDIENTS

  • 350g Cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Masala powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin powder
  • 1/4 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tbsp Onion powder
  • 1/4 tbsp Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil

INSTRUCTIONS

Bring all your seasoning ingredients together in a bowl and mix properly. Clean and cut your cauliflower into florets. Place in a deep bowl and distribute the seasoning evenly. Drizzle with olive oil. Air fry for 15 minutes at 180.c shaking every five minutes in between. If you prefer your cauliflower a little bit crisper, then give it another five minutes in the air fryer. If you like tangy (like me), then add a little squeeze of lemon on the hot cauliflower, leave to sink in for a minute and then dip into lemon garlic yoghurt and enjoy.

LEMON GARLIC DIP

  • 1 cup Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 Garlic Clove (grated)

Did you know?

Cauliflower is a super nutritious vegetable. It is a great source of antioxidants, fibre and vitamins C, K and B. It is a fantastic low-carb, low-calorie alternative to grains.

How to cut cauliflower

If you find it daunting to cut an entire fresh cauliflower, here are some simple steps to make it less stressful and messy.

  • Wash the head of the cauliflower and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Cut off the bulk of the cauliflower stalk and remove the core by moving a sharp knife in a circular motion.
  • Your cauliflower florets will naturally separate on their own and fall around your board. If some hang on for dear life, use the tip of your knife to separate them.

Top Tip

Never discard the cauliflower stalks, they work perfectly in stocks or in soups.