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Keto Cauliflower Bhaji

Keto Cauliflower Bhaji in a pan
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 190 kcal
Net Carbs 7 g
A low carb Indian side dish of pan fried cauliflower, aromatic, and whole spices.


  • Knife and Cutting Board
  • Large wok or frying pan


  • butter/oil/ghee for frying
  • 1 large cauliflower thin slices
  • 1 ½ teaspoons panch phoran
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric heaping
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger fresh, minced
  • 2 whole green chilies
  • ½ cup curry leaves (optional) fresh or dried
  • salt & pepper to season
  • ¼ cup cilantro fresh, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice garnish


  • Break the cauliflower into florets, and cut each floret into many thin slices. Heat oil/butter in a large frying pan and fry the cauliflower for 10-15 minutes, until each piece has started to brown and crisp at the edges. Salt the cauliflower to help draw out moisture.
    butter/oil/ghee, 1 large cauliflower, salt & pepper
  • Once the cauliflower is fried, make a well to expose the bare pan. Add butter/ghee to the well and allow it to get hot. Add the panch phoran and turmeric the the well and fry to temper the spices for less than 1 minute. Once the paunch phoran begins to pop and crackle its done.
    butter/oil/ghee, 1 ½ teaspoons panch phoran, 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • To slow the cooking of the spices, pile the sliced onions, garlic, ginger, and green chilies on top and stir to combine everything in the pan. Add butter/ghee/oil if the pan is getting dry.
    1 small onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon ginger, 2 whole green chilies
  • After about 5 minutes add the curry leaves and continue to fry for 10-12 more minutes until the cauliflower is fork tender, and the flavours have combine well.
    ½ cup curry leaves (optional)
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper, and remove from the heat. Stir in fresh chopped green chilies, fresh chopped cilantro, a squeeze of lemon juice, and serve!
    salt & pepper, ¼ cup cilantro, 3 tablespoons lemon juice


Panch Phoran: Sometimes called Indian 5 spices is a whole spice blend that you can make yourself, purchased online, or from specialty grocers. 
Must be properly tempered to achieve proper flavours. You can learn how to temper spices in the post above. 
Curry Leaves: Fresh or dried and available at specialty Indian grocers or, grow your own!
Grocery stores near cities may carry both curry leaves in the produce section and panch phoran in the ethnic section.
Green Chillies: Any hot chili can be used here, hot Thai chilies (red or green) work great as do jalapenos and Serrano.
Cauliflower Bhaji is a simple keto friendly side dish recipe that is bursting with authentic Indian flavours! Click To Tweet


Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 10.8gProtein: 3gFat: 16.1gSaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 550mgPotassium: 500mgFiber: 3.7gSugar: 3.4gVitamin A: 500IUVitamin C: 69mgIron: 2.1mgSugar Alcohols: 0.1gNet Carbs: 7g
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Keywords: cauliflower recipe, Indian keto, Indian side dish