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Air Fryer Cauliflower Tikka - Tandoori Gobi

This Air Fryer Cauliflower Tikka - Tandoori Gobi recipe features spiced cauliflower - a vegetarian appetizer recipe.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 58 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • Air Fryer




  • Rinse the cauliflower, and allow it to drain as much excess water as possible. Additionally, shake it out or even add it to a salad spinner if you have one. It needs to have minimal water.
  • Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Try to keep them relatively consistent in size.
  • Create the marinade in a large bowl. Add in 1 tablespoons of oil, plain Greek yogurt, ginger garlic paste, Kashmiri chili powder, red chili powder, garam masala, ground turmeric, ground coriander, chaat masala, ground cumin, carom seeds, dried fenugreek leaves, chickpea flour (besan), and salt.
  • Further, add in the cauliflower and let the cauliflower sit in the marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Air Fry

  • Grease your Air Fryer basket with oil. I grease mine by rubbing, brushing, or spraying, a little bit of oil on the bottom grate. Then, working in batches, place the cauliflower in a single layer or in a skewer. Air fry at 360°F for 18 mins. At the 10 minute mark, flip the cauliflower gently with tongs and drizzle some oil. Also, every air fryer is different so check after the 15-minute mark. You can increase or decrease the time as per your liking.
  • Finally, when done remove the cauliflower florets and sprinkle with lemon juice.


    • Don’t stack the cauliflower over each other. If needed, cook in batches.
    • If you are using wooden skewers, make sure to pre-soak them in water for 10 minutes before using, it's very important.
    • Every air fryer is different so please make sure to increase the time as per your preferences. For instance, if you like it more charred then increase the time.
    • Rub the cauliflower well with marinade, however don’t overcoat them with the marinade just before air frying. Discard the excess marinade or else you will taste a lot of spices.
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