Fried Gobi with California Pistachios



“Chaat” is super common on lots of great snacks in India and it simply means to “lick” in Hindi. You’ll be licking and kissing your yummy fingers when you finish a bowl of these too.

Chaat Masala

2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons (20g) Cumin seed

1 tablespoon (5g) Coriander seed

1 tablespoon (8g) Fennel seeds

2 tablespoons (4g) Dried mint

1 tablespoon (4g) Chili flakes

1 teaspoon (4g) Black pepper

1/3 cup (40g) Green mango powder

1 tablespoon (5g) Ginger powder

¼ cup (30g) Kosher salt



Oil for deep frying

1 pound (500g) Cauliflower


½ cup (50g) American Pistachios

2 large (200g) Shallots

½ cup (25g) Golden raisins

1 (10g) Green chili


1 tablespoon (10g) Salt

2-1/2 tablespoon (20g) Chaat spice

Juice of one lime (40g)


Yogurt - as desired for garnish



For the Chaat Marsala Spice

  1. Toast all Chaat Marsala spices in a dry pan, taking care to not burn.
  2. Blend all to a fine powder in a spice grinder. 
  3. Keep in airtight jar.

For the Cauliflower

In a deep pot bring at least 1quart. (2 quart. is ideal) oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Prepare cauliflower by breaking into florets, keep the greens as well. 

Using the side of knife or pot, smash pistachios into halves. 

Slice shallots thin and add to oil to fry until golden, then remove and place on a paper towel. 

Add cauliflower to oil and fry for about 5 minutes or until golden brown, add to onions on paper towels. 

In a bowl, toss all ingredients except lime with chaat spice, raisins, and pistachios. 

Add lime juice and toss some more. 

Serve over yogurt.


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