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Crispy Cauli with Easy Chilli Sauce Recipe

Crispy Cauli with Easy Chilli Sauce

Course Snack, Starter
Cuisine Modern
Servings 4 as a snack


  • Vortex Plus Dual Drawer Air Fryer


  • 400 g cauliflower florets


  • 45 g flour
  • 45 g corn flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 85 ml water `


  • 40 g Crushed cornflakes
  • 135 g flour

Chilli Sauce

  • 4-5 large red chillies
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup or honey
  • 30 ml water
  • 30 g butter or plant-based alternative


  • Cut the cauliflower florets into bite sized pieces, then steam until just softening.
  • Make the batter by mixing the batter ingredients together and place into a bowl.
  • In a second bowl, add the crushed cornflakes. And in the third bowl add the 135g flour, seasoned with salt.
  • Dunk the cauliflower florets a few at a time into the flour, then the batter and finally the cornflakes, ensuring the florets are all well coated in each. Repeat until all florets are coated.
  • Place the cauliflower into the one basket and in the other place the red chillies.
  • Select Air Fry on the cauliflower drawer, setting the temperature to 205°C and the time for 12 minutes. Select Grill on the other drawer, setting the temperature to 205°C and the time for 11 minutes, then press SyncFinish to ensure both drawers finish at the same time.
  • Once the florets and chillies are cooked, open the baskets and place the crispy cauliflower in a bowl and set aside.
  • Pull the stems from the chillies and peel off most of the blackened skin. Place the chillies in a blender with the maple syrup/honey, water and butter, blending until smooth. Season to taste.
  • Toss the cauliflower florets in the sauce and serve immediately.
Keyword Air Fryer, vegan, vegetarian