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How to make Curried Cauliflower Fritters

Add a little spice to your sides with these curried cauliflower fritters. Quick and healthy, these veggie cakes are also great for meal-prepping.

Vegetable fritters are an easy veggie recipe that you can make in about 30 minutes.

stacked curried cauliflower fritters with scallions

Learn how to make veggie cakes from whatever you have in the fridge.

Curried Cauliflower Fritters

Roasted curried cauliflower with golden raisins is one of our favorite side dishes. It is on a regular rotation here and has become a reader favorite.

plated curried cauliflower cakes with scallions

With that in mind, it occurred to me that it would make a terrific fritter. I’m a big fan of turning vegetables into fritters or cakes. So much so that I wrote a veggie cake eBook on the topic.

Cauliflower can be a little boring, but add a pinch of spice to it and turn it into a fritter and now it’s a delicious and healthy way to eat this vegetable.

How to make

The first step in making these veggie patties is to break a head of cauliflower into small florets. The pieces should be about half an inch, so everything will cook uniformly.

cooking cauliflower with curry powder

Then, sauté the onion, garlic and cauliflower until softened. Whisk eggs, cheese and herbs together and add the vegetable mixture.

Combine with flour and spices, then toss together. Heat a bit of oil or ghee in a skillet and using a one ounce scoop or large spoon, drop portions of batter into hot pan.

They are perfect for picky eaters, big or small, who need a little convincing to eat their vegetables.

curried cauliflower cakes on baking sheet

If frying these fritters isn’t for you, bake them! They will not be quite as crispy outside, but you can bake them in a 350°F oven for 20 – 25 minutes.

Can I freeze these cauliflower fritters?

Yes! Place squares of parchment paper between fritters and seal in freezer bags for up to 3 months. Reheat in a warm oven.

How can I make them gluten-free?

Swap out the all-purpose flour for almond flour, or your favorite gluten-free flour.

How can I make them keto-friendly?

Omit peas, if desired and replace all-purpose flour with almond flour.

How to store

Store fritters in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Make sure they are completely cooled before storing.

cauliflower cakes with curry and scallions

These homemade cauliflower fritters are a great freezable vegetarian meal. Freeze in portions that work for you or your family, then pull exactly what you need from the freezer on those busy nights when you need a jump start on dinner.

Easy vegetarian recipes

Looking for a few easy vegetarian recipes that are great for lunch and dinner? I’ve put together the top 25 reader favorites.

From superfood veggie cakes , sweet potato veggie cakesgreen vegetable cakes to an easy zucchini fritter recipe, there is something for everyone. 

bite of curried cauliflower fritter on fork with curried cream

These fritters make a great option for meal-prepping as well. Add a fritter or two to your favorite healthy meal prep lunches or dinners for an extra serving of vegetables.

I really hope you love this recipe. If you make it, snap a pic and share it with me either in the Fabulous Foodie Friends Facebook group or on Instagram by tagging @pookspantry and using hashtag #pookspantry.

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Stacked curried cauliflower cakes on a white background with chopped scallions on the side.

Curried cauliflower fritters

Cheryl Bennett
Curried cauliflower fritters are a tasty way to add a little spice to your sides.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 14
Calories 110 kcal


  • 1 lb. cauliflower about 3 1/2 cups, cut into small florets
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 – 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar or paneer
  • 1/4 cup scallions diced
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup ghee/oil


  • Heat a medium pan over medium heat and add 1 tbsp. oil or ghee.
  • Sauté onion, garlic and cauliflower until softened, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Whisk eggs in a medium bowl, then add cheese and herbs.
  • Add cauliflower mixture, flour, curry powder, flour, peas, salt and pepper. Mix to thoroughly combine.
  • Add remaining oil/ghee to pan and heat over medium/medium-high heat.
  • Drop 2 tbsp. of mixture into hot pan and flatten slightly.
  • Cook for 4 – 5 minutes per side, or until deep golden brown and cooked through.
  • Drain on paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil before serving.


Serving: 1fritterCalories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 276mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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  1. Thank you for this recipe. Made it this morning with some tweaks

    Added some jalapeño for spice of course spice is subjective.
    Added grated carrot for sweetness to balance
    A little lemon juice to balance
    Let sit in fridge over night for all flavors to come together

    While I didn’t add ginger will do so next time. And will use for samosa filling in the future.

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