Bang bang Cauliflower Recipe is low carb, healthy, vegan recipe with Asian kick. Perfect week dinner or side dish with useful tip to have tasty office lunch the other day !
If you love tempura , this Bang Bang Cauliflower Recipe is your new favourite ! Tempura is light batter, made of water and flour and coats vegetables or small fish and shrimps before frying. One part of flour is combined with one part of water. No eggs. You may add some turmeric to give some color, but it is not necessary to do so.
After you toss cauliflower into the batter, you need to dip this cauliflower bang bang into breadcrumbs. Once you coat the florets completely, you simply place them on parchment paper and let the oven do the rest of the work. You can prepare Bang bang sauce while cauliflower is baking and here you have healthy, crunchy, and tasty dinner ready to serve immediately.
Can I replace cauliflower with broccoli?
Absolutely! Broccoli and cauliflower are two common cruciferous vegetables that are often compared to each other.
Not only do both belong to the same family of plants, they also share several similarities in terms of nutrition and health benefits. However, both are low in calories and full of vitamin C and fibres. For more health benefits, please look here .
Do you know the history of cauliflower ?
It is native to Northeastern Mediterranean and was mentioned for the first time in 1st century. Described as “white heads”, grown on Cyprus, it arrived to Western Europe and North America later on, during mid ages.
Cauliflower is considered a superfood because of its nutrient-rich content. To learn more about health benefits of this beautiful vegetable, please look here .
Before I write some words about our version of Bang bang sauce that gives beautiful Asian kick to this simple and quick vegan dinner, let me write about the options you may like to test in your kitchen.
Zucchinis are great to replace cauliflower in this recipe. Onions, carrots, broccoli, celeriac, celery, tofu, parsley leaves, too.
Bang sauce is flavorful combination of hot and sweet chili sauces and few drops of fresh lemon juice. We skip honey and lemon juice and add few drops of soy sauce. The only reason to do the sauce recipe this way is because our sweet chili sauce is already sweet and adding more honey would spoil our dinner. But this is only us. You may absolutely make your own version of cauliflower bang.
To make the bang story complete, there is another way you can use your bang sauce ( ready in flash ) to dip fried chicken. This is what we enjoy very much also !
You need to serve Bang bang Cauliflower immediately. And here is the tip for those of you packing leftovers for the office lunch next day: just leave baked cauliflower florets aside without dipping them into bang bang sauce. Pack some sauce as well, heat the florets in the microvawe at work, dip into the bang sauce and here you have vegan, tasty luch !
To make the dish atractive, you may sprinkle it with chopped parsley, spring onions or grated cheese.
I prefer tempura for this dish as simple as possible since it is the easiest version. You may add garlic, lemon zest or any Asian spices you like. And not only this; if you would give a bit of Mediterranean kick, feel free to add any spices you like. Sumac is the best. We keep it plain and simple. Bang bang sauce finishes our dish quite wel.
If you love cauliflowers, here are some more great dishes to enjoy !
Bang bang Cauliflower Recipe
Bang bang Cauliflower Recipe is low carb, healthy,vegan recipe with Asian kick. Perfect week dinner or side dish with useful tip to have tasty office lunch the other day !
- 4 cups cauliflower florets ( 1 small head )
- 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 11/3 cups water
- Saltto taste
- 2 cups bread crumbs
- Ingredients for bang bang sauce:
- 1/3 cup sweet chili sauce
- 1 Tbsp hot chili sauce
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- Freshparsley leaves, sezame seeds to garnish
Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F and cover baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine water, flour and salt until smooth. I use a fork to mix it in medium sized bowl.
Toss cauliflower florets into the batter ( tempura ) and dip each individual piece into bread crumbs. Make sure every piece is evenly coated.
Place coated florets on the baking dish and bake for 20 minutes on one side. Flip the florets and bake for additional 10 minutes.
While cauliflower is in the oven, combine sweet and hot chili sauce and soy sauce in a small bowl.
Once florets are out of the oven, toss them and sauce together.
If you plan ahead to have some cauliflower for the lunch next day, leave some aside ( and the sauce too ), pack for work and enjoy again tomorrow 😊