Baked Cauliflower Tots

It is pure joy to consume snacks that are low in calories and carbs yet delish. The baked cauliflower tots are a delightfully guilt-free, tasty and nutritious snack. The vitamin-rich cauliflower is combined with cheese and complementing ingredients, and then baked till it turns a crispy golden colour. This snack is perfect people who are on a low carb diet, or have gluten intolerance; this is just the kind of snack that kids who fuss about eating vegetables would enjoy.

Ingredients:

Cauliflower florets – 2 cups
Shredded cheese – ¼ cup
Onions – 1, finely chopped
Garlic minced/ garlic powder – 1 tspn
Breadcrumbs – ¼ cup
Chilli flakes (optional) – 1 tspn.
Dried mixed herbs (or any of your choice) – ½ tspn.
Oil – To spray or brush
Water – To cook the cauliflower
Salt and pepper – To taste

Method:

Grate the cauliflower florets or put them through a chopper to shred them.

In a small pot, boil water and put the cauliflower in.

Allow it to steam for 4 to 5 minutes with the pot covered.

Once done, drain the water and allow the cauliflower florets to dry till the excess moisture is gone.

Pre-heat the oven at 200*c.

In a large bowl, combine the steamed and drained shredded cauliflower and the remaining ingredients except oil.

Mix well till you can mould them into a little ball or oval shaped pieces.

Place those tots in a lined baking tray.

Spray some oil and pop them into the oven for 15 to 20 mins or till it turns golden brown.

Serve warm as an appetizer or as a side.

Tips:

– Ensure there the mixture is not too watery, this will not aid in keeping the shape intact.
– In case you have an issue with excess moisture, add breadcrumbs, besan or cornflour.
– Add an egg or egg whites from 2 eggs to bind the mixture better.

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