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Chicken 65 is one of the most popular dish in South India.  The vegetarian versions are with Gobi (Cauliflower), Aloo, Mushroom and Paneer are equally popular in almost all restaurants. These are crispy snack made by dipping the main ingredient in the yogurt cornflour batter and adding some spices to make them very very tasty.  This is basically a kind of spicy fritters. Whatever it is Gobi (Cauliflower) 65, Paneer 65, Chicken 65, Aloo 65, Mushroom 65; all 65's are most favorite appetizer from adults to Kids.  This is also one of the requested and wanted recipes from many of my friends.  This is absolutely crispy, tongue tickling appetizer and offcourse appealing to eyes as well.  I think nobody needs much introduction about this anymore.. Without any further delay lets have a Visual treat for this exotic dish.


Ingredients :

Cauliflower - 1 medium
Thick yogurt/curd - 1 cup
Good quality red food color - less then 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 3 tsp ( Mine is less spicy chilli powder so please add according to your taste)
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Garlic - 7 pods
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Cornflour - Approximately you need 350 gm cornflour for the whole cauliflower, 3 to 4 tbsp approximately for each batch of florets.
Salt - 3 tsp approximately
Curry leaves - for garnishing
Chaat masala - To sprinkle at the end
Oil for deep frying


Method :

We really want thick yogurt, if you think the yogurt is loose just tie them in the muslin cloth so the water drips away.
Make a paste out of garlic and ginger. Wash the curry leaves and keep it dry.

Here comes the Step wise detailed instructions...
1.  Cut and clean the cauliflower, drain without any water. Add the curd in the bowl.

2. Add Ginger garlic paste, color and garam masala.


3. Followed by chilli powder, Salt and lime juice.

4. Whisk the batter, add the florets, mix well.

5. Check for salt, sourness and spice level in this stage.
6. While this ready.  Parallely heat oil in the deep pan.
7. Now add handful of cauliflower in bowl add 3 tbsp of cornflour mix well.. the whole florets has to be nicely coated with flour.

8. Add the florets in the oil ,  just add one by one, you can see the bubbles.   when it starts to disappear at this stage add few curry leaves.

9. Remove from the oil drain them and put it in the kitchen towel.
10. Serve hot sprinkling chaat masala and ketchup.


1.  When coating the florets with cornflour don't do for whole batch.  Dust them in batches.
2. The cornflour measurement is approximate, add less or more as you need.
3. The sourness , spice level all depends on your taste buds.
4. You can follow this below procedure for mushroom, paneer, Aloo and even with cauliflower . Instead of mixing them with the curd mixture first , make the batter by mixing the curd mixture and cornflour with the pinch of baking soda.  Mix like Bajji batter consistency and dip the mushroom or paneer or Aloo sticks in the batter and Deep fry them in the oil.  I do not prefer this method when making with cauliflower, as Cauliflower in US has so much of water content so I used to dust it with the cornflour to make more crispy.  If you are in India always parboil the cauliflower and aloo dip it in the cornflour ,curd batter and deep fry them.
5. After mixing the cauliflower in the yogurt mixture don't keep them for long time as it leaves water and the whole thing becomes watery.
6.If you want to do this for party, just keep the yogurt mixture ready, mix with florets and flour the next day.
7. The deep fried one will retain its crispiness at least for 1hr, you can also reheat in the preheated oven when needed. 

Aruna Manikandan  – (January 31, 2011 at 12:45 AM)  

looks crispy and delicious dear
as usual all ur clicks are amazing :)

Prema  – (January 31, 2011 at 12:49 AM)  

Wow that's fantastic Pavi,they luks perfect...Lovely Post!

Ash  – (January 31, 2011 at 12:53 AM)  

Oh! Pavithra.... Yummy as ever.. I have savored them both to the core.... Your prep as well as the yummy captures.... I really envy ur photographing skills...... ;) But seriously this space looks very yummiliciously alive!!!!!


Pia  – (January 31, 2011 at 1:16 AM)  

Lovely pictorial. Photos are also nicely taken

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Perspectivemedley  – (January 31, 2011 at 1:17 AM)  

Hi Pavithra, such a tempting recipe with pics that makes me drooool :)... will try your recipe some time soon!.....

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (January 31, 2011 at 1:28 AM)  

that looks extremely great pavi,Amazing clicks with nice explanations.

Anu Nandu  – (January 31, 2011 at 1:34 AM)  

Pavithra! You have taken me right back to my favorite place in Salem where I order this all the time - and it comes packed in a banana leaf and also covered with news paper on top if. And in one of the folds of the banana leaf, there are chopped onions to go along with these! This looks absolutely delicious. I so want it.

Unknown  – (January 31, 2011 at 1:34 AM)  

It's my favorite looks so tempting Pavithra

Raks  – (January 31, 2011 at 1:41 AM)  

Ajay's favourite pavi,this is verymuch like the restaurant style,ajay will enjoy if I do this way,would try it out very soon :) Nice clicks and great effort!

Sumi  – (January 31, 2011 at 2:04 AM)  

love the post..absolutely yummy

Priya dharshini  – (January 31, 2011 at 2:09 AM)  

Seen the pics in FB and thought to ask a stepwise pics here...perfect veg starter..great effort

Renata  – (January 31, 2011 at 2:25 AM)  

This must be heaven on a toothpick! Oh my.... I'm drooling! Thanks for sharing such detailed instructions!

Sara's Corner  – (January 31, 2011 at 3:00 AM)  

This looks delicious. Too much patience pavi and perfect and great work. Keep it up. Superb Photography.

chef and her kitchen  – (January 31, 2011 at 3:24 AM)  

Looks really appetizing n beautiful clicks dear...Loved that fork impression click..

Prathima Rao/ Prats Corner  – (January 31, 2011 at 3:34 AM)  

Tooooo...tempting...Wanna have them this instant!!!

jayasree  – (January 31, 2011 at 6:14 AM)  

Drooling at the pics....your pics are making me run to the kitchen and make them immediately. Looks very crisp.

KrithisKitchen  – (January 31, 2011 at 6:44 AM)  

Love the colors and the texture... Looks so crispy and crunchy..

GEETHA ACHAL  – (January 31, 2011 at 7:20 AM)  

Love it...Tempting colors...Nice clicks...Great job done....

Nithya  – (January 31, 2011 at 7:35 AM)  

This is one of the best starters I would ever crave for :) but would never want to order it at restaurants. Home made is always clean and best :) love it :)

Unknown  – (January 31, 2011 at 7:37 AM)  

Wow crispy and perfect snack...looks very appetising

Priya Suresh  – (January 31, 2011 at 7:37 AM)  

Cant take my eyes from the clicks, sooooo irresistible gobi 65 PAvi..marvellous dear..btw regarding ur q'n about cracked wheat,yep its also called as wheat rava..sorry for this late reply dear..

Harika baratam  – (January 31, 2011 at 7:59 AM)  

Wow very nice art and presentation pls come to my blog and grab your award for stylish blog.

Suji  – (January 31, 2011 at 8:08 AM) words..awesome superb mindblowing both the gobi 65 and the pics...Well done Pavitra...

Unknown  – (January 31, 2011 at 9:00 AM)  

Gobi 65 looks sooo good...the pics are tempting me!....looks awesome and yumm!

Finla  – (January 31, 2011 at 9:03 AM)  

Wowo it look droolie super yumm.

Suja Manoj  – (January 31, 2011 at 9:12 AM)  

Mouthwatering Gobi,crispy and yummy..beautiful clicks dear.

Hamaree Rasoi  – (January 31, 2011 at 10:52 AM)  

So Crispy looking Gobi 65. Pics are wonderful. So nicely made snack. Excellent garnishing.

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swapna  – (January 31, 2011 at 10:59 AM)  

Tempting clicks...crispy and yummy snack...

divya  – (January 31, 2011 at 11:06 AM) words..awesome superb mind blowing both the gobi 65 and the pics dear....

Deepa  – (January 31, 2011 at 11:08 AM)  

wow this Gobi 65 looks super yummy...these clicks are equally droolworthy..

Indian Cuisine Blogroll  – (January 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM)  

i like all dishes with the last name '65'..this looks very inviting...

aipi  – (January 31, 2011 at 12:24 PM)  

U make me drool and crave for these crispy- crunchy delight, Not Fair!:)

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Satrupa  – (January 31, 2011 at 12:25 PM)  

Looks utterly delicious. And like always your clicks are awesome !!


Padma  – (January 31, 2011 at 2:06 PM)  

My kids love this.... looks mouthwatering Pavithra... can't take my eyes off the picture :)

Unknown  – (January 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM)  

Perfect looking gobi 65..Really tempting clicks, Pavithra..

Unknown  – (January 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM)  

crunchy gobis......very colorful...lovingit

Unknown  – (January 31, 2011 at 6:51 PM)  

Very yummy!! U really make me drool..loved ur presentation!

Malar Gandhi  – (January 31, 2011 at 8:43 PM)  

Wow...awesome work' Pictures are breath taking. Beautiful and inviting to have them at any time of the day:):)

Divya Kudua  – (January 31, 2011 at 8:46 PM)  

Yummy and crispy--a perfect starter!!

Soma  – (January 31, 2011 at 9:37 PM)  

I need to get this cooking in my kitchen. My daughter loves the non veg version of this and we love Gobi manchurian. The impression of the forks are very unique!

Abhilash Pillai  – (February 1, 2011 at 1:53 AM)  

very detailed and good presentation. Would love to have one anytime.

Anu  – (February 1, 2011 at 2:23 AM)  

I made your recipe yesterday and it came out very tasty..Thanks for the recipe..

Kanchan  – (February 1, 2011 at 5:10 AM)  

This looks awesome, fresh, colourful !
I love these starters in any form.

Pavithra Elangovan  – (February 1, 2011 at 8:07 AM)  

@ Anu Thanks for trying it out. I am glad you like it dear.

Jamie  – (February 1, 2011 at 8:14 AM)  

Oh wow no wonder this is a favorite snack! It looks so delicious! Your photos are beautiful and only make the crispiness look crispier and tastier. Yum I want to try this!

Unknown  – (February 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM)  

so super crunchy, love your art with fork and curry leaves and some masala powder. Very imaginative :)


Prerna@IndianSimmer  – (February 1, 2011 at 10:53 AM)  

That really is a perfect snack and one of our family favorites! But I usually make the non-veg version, using gobhi looks like a great idea!
And BTW u have a gr8 sense of styling! Lovely shots.

chow and chatter  – (February 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM)  

thanks for being number 500 how exciting I am already following you :-) this looks delicious love Indian food my hubby is South Indian

hugs Rebecca

Reshmi Mahesh  – (February 1, 2011 at 7:44 PM)  

Mouthwatering recipe....

There is an award for you, in my blog, for your great work.Please do collect it.Keep up your great work.Thanks

julie  – (February 1, 2011 at 7:57 PM)  

Just stunning! Your pictures are so beautiful and this dish sounds amazing. I wish I could have a plate of it right now. Yum!

Ushnish Ghosh  – (February 2, 2011 at 8:37 AM)  

Dear Pavithra
How are you? I was just looking for this recipe. I like your detailed instruction and the notes. Just cant wait to make it. The photography and composition is just superb , especially the fork and the two Curry leaves.
I am very irregular on the blog and will post a Vege recipe soon. ( too many non-vege recipes, ha ha )
Happy cooking

Namitha  – (February 2, 2011 at 11:27 AM)  
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Namitha  – (February 2, 2011 at 11:28 AM)  

wonderful post.Such a popular and classy dish :-)The clicks are too good Pavi

Rosa's Yummy Yums  – (February 2, 2011 at 12:08 PM)  

A terrific snack! I love that veggie and the way it's prepared.



Angie's Recipes  – (February 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM)  

I love cauliflowers prepared this way! Very flavourful and delicious!

Panchpakwan  – (February 2, 2011 at 2:56 PM)  

Wow so inviting and delicious gobi 65!

Evie n Lizzie  – (February 2, 2011 at 8:42 PM)  

You have no idea how excited my husband is going to be when I make this for him! THank you!!! :)

Shoba Shrinivasan  – (February 3, 2011 at 12:03 AM)  

Lovely post Pavithra. Nice clicks and important tips.


Sanjeeta kk  – (February 3, 2011 at 5:54 AM)  

Lovely presentation, Pavithra! The cauliflower dish looks delicious.

Harika baratam  – (February 3, 2011 at 7:51 AM)  

Delicious Gobi fry. There is an award waiting 4 u come and grab it..

Perspectivemedley  – (February 3, 2011 at 6:36 PM)  

Hi Pavithra, I couldn't wait more to try your recipe :), made it today... yummmmmy. we liked it very much :)

Pavithra Elangovan  – (February 3, 2011 at 7:58 PM)  

@ Anu .. Thats a quick try.. I am glad you liked it .. Thanks for letting me know.

Pavithra Elangovan  – (February 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM)  

@ Devi Thanks for trying it out and I am glad u liked it.

Unknown  – (February 4, 2011 at 9:42 AM)  

My mouth is watering pavithra, so many pictures do u manage? looks stunning my dear :)

Rama  – (February 4, 2011 at 10:20 PM)  

Wow I was really mesmerized by your stunning photography and detailed stepwise presentation. The stepwise really helped me to try the GOBI 65 with ease and it came perfect. Many Thanks for the stepwise and eye popping post. Keep it going.

Kanchana Praveen  – (March 24, 2011 at 3:56 PM)  

Pavithra!!Lovely presentation. It's really mind blowing photography. Gobi 65 looks yummy...

Anonymous –   – (January 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM)  

I tried this gobi 65 almost 3 to 4 times it was absolutely yummy and tasted exactly like how we get in restaurants. Every time it comes out so good and always hit at parties too. Thanks a ton for this wonderful foolproof recipe. Thanks so much and looking forward for more recipes. By the way I love your blog to the core and love your pictures.You are really a pro in that. Keep up your good work.

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