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One of my favourite things to eat at Ottolenghi is the fried cauliflower with tahini. Naturally, when Mr. Ottolenghi shared this recipe via The Guardian, I was all over it. It’s not the easiest salad to make, but it is so worth the effort.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s fried cauliflower with tahini recipe
- 500ml sunflower oil
- 2 medium cauliflower heads, split into small florets, weighing 1kg in all
- 8 spring onions, each cut into three long segments
- 180g tahini paste
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 15g chopped parsley
- 15g chopped mint, plus more to finish
- 150g Greek yoghurt
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp pomegranate molasses, plus more to finish
- Malden sea salt and black pepper
- Roughly 180ml water
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Lay in a few cauliflower florets at a time and cook for two to three minutes, turning so they colour evenly. Once golden-brown, transfer to a colander with a slotted spoon, sprinkle with a little salt and leave to drain. Repeat with the rest of the cauliflower. Next, fry the spring onions, also in batches, for a minute. Add to the cauliflower and leave to cool down.
- Pour the tahini paste into a large mixing bowl and add the garlic, herbs, yoghurt, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses and seasoning. Stir with a wooden spoon as you add the water. The tahini sauce will first thicken and then loosen up as you add water. Don’t add too much, just enough to get a thick yet smooth pourable consistency, a bit like honey.
- Stir the cauliflower and onion into the tahini bowl, taste and adjust the seasoning. You may also want to add more lemon juice.
- To serve, spoon into a serving bowl and finish with a few drops of pomegranate molasses and some mint.
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