Cauliflower and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Vivek Singh
Cauliflower and Broccoli Stir-Fry in a black pan
Serves Serves 4-6
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  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Cook time 10 mins
  • Ready time 25 mins

A stunning and flavorsome creation from Vivek Singh, Executive Chef & CEO of one of the top Indian restaurants in London, The Cinnamon Club.

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For the vegetables

  • oil, for deep frying
  • 1 head of broccoli, broken into florets
  • 1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 10 fresh curry leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 green chillies, slit lengthways
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into 1 cm dice
  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into small dice
  • 2.5 cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ sugar
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • a few fresh coriander leaves

For the batter

  • 300 g cornflour
  • 150 ml white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, roasted and ground
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Firstly, put the cornflour in a bowl, then stir in the remaining ingredients to make a thick batter. Set aside.

Heat the oil for deep-frying in a deep-fat fryer or a deep, heavy-based saucepan.

Dip the broccoli and cauliflower florets in the batter, letting the excess drip off, and deep-fry for about 3 minutes, until crisp and golden brown. Transfer to kitchen paper to drain and keep hot.

Heat the oil in a large kadhai, wok or heavy-based frying pan until smoking point. Add the curry leaves and garlic, onion, chillies and peppers and stir-fry  on a high heat for 2 minutes.

Add the fried broccoli and cauliflower, ginger, salt and sugar and continue stir-frying for 2 minutes.

Squeeze in the lemon juice and sprinkle with the fresh coriander.

Serve with steamed rice.

Additional notes

This recipe is from Cinnamon Kitchen The Cookbook (£25) by Vivek Singh. Buy the book here. Recipe reproduced with the kind permission of Vivek Singh.

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